So, we've covered the (soon to be) three USDA slaughter plants that will operating in Southcentral.
Currently, Mt. McKinley Meat & Sausage is the only facility open to the public, and a number of producers are pretty happy to see the plant in private hands. The new owner also operates Rocket Ranch in Palmer on Lazy Mtn, and Mike's Quality Meats in Eagle River. If you listen to local radio, chances are pretty good you've heard their ads, touting all sorts of meat, products and sales.
The coming MMM&S competition? Not so much!
The competition (Denali Meat Company) is owned, in part, by Nate Burris who operates Mat Valley Meats in the Valley, and Butcher Block No. 9 in Anchorage, a specialty butcher shop with an extensive line of products. With no date released for the new plant as yet, it is a safe bet that DMC will process for these two businesses when it comes on line.
ADN article on the subject here: ADN article, 7-27-2017
And in the middle?
Why, the gentleman quoted in the article, one Scott Mugrage. He is a transplant who has landed big on the Alaska farming/ranching scene, who aided the Alaska Farm Bureau during the original privatization talks, and who likes rubbing shoulders with Governor Walker. From his acreage in the Delta area, he supplies MVM (and they advertise Misty Mountain beef), which must be processed at MMM&S for that necessary-and sometimes problematic-USDA stamp.
Will he stay with DMC and MVM? Or jump onto the direct slaughter bandwagon at MMM&S and MQM to fill the need as owner Greg G describes?
Stay tuned, there is sure to be mischief and mayhem to come.