Alma Meats was founded on Febuary 23, 1944 by a group of one hundred interested farmers in west central Missouri who banded together to build a small country meat processing and locker plant. Even though times were uncertain, the need for such an enterprise was real as farmers in the area had no reliable, high quality meat processing facility available for their finished livestock.
For a number of years, the cooperative functioned no differently than hundreds like it throughout rural areas of the United States with the exception of the fact that the cooperative began at a very early date adding value to its production by creating an extensive line of value-added sausage, bacon and primal products. The creation of high quality smoked bacons and sausages were made easier due to the ethnic German nature of the community and the fact that many high quality old world meat recipes had been brought to the area during the original period of German immigration.
As the locker business began to change in the 1960's and 1970's, the Board and Management of the cooperative began to realize that new directions in marketing needed to be explored if the cooperative was to survive. By 1990, the cooperative had not only secured a stabile marketing base in west central Missouri but had expanded its product line to include nearly fifty value-added meat products - all of high quality and based on the cooperative's strong German heritage.
In September 2010 Alma Meats LLC closed there doors. Terry and Darlene Kleoppel owners of Kleoppel Meats LLC purchased the processing plant and reopened it on November 1 2010, in doing this they are continuing to make the high quality old world recipes plus all of the favorites of Kleoppel Meats LLC. All of the livestock processed are grown by local farmers.
Retail meats, cheeses and spices are currently sold at the processing plant