FuzeHub Helps Reed Brook Meats with Business Expansion

Reed Brook Meats is a custom meat-processor in Waverly, New York that harvests animals from local sources and supports farmers in the Southern Tier. Founded in 2003, this meat processing facility serves farmers who sell to neighbors, and also helps hunters who supply a local Venison Donation Program.

Summary

Reed Brook Meats needs additional equipment to support the growth of its business. To reduce processing time so they could afford to sell more meat, they needed carcass splitting equipment.Reed Brook Meats attended FuzeHub’s Farm to Fork Solutions that was held in Rochester on October 3, 2014 to

  • Learn about potential support for business expansion
  • Make connections that could help boost production
  • Seek distribution outlets and business opportunities

Outcome

Through connections made at FuzeHub forum in Rochester, Reed Brook Meats learned about grant opportunities for new equipment through WDI. As a result, Red Brook Meats applied for and won a $4,500 grant for a carcass splitting saw that will reduce cutting times from 10 to 15 minutes per animal to just 1 minute.

Reed Brook Farms also learned about potential opportunities to sell food products to correctional facilities in New York State. The custom meat processing facility will need to meet additional USDA regulations to fill such orders, but now has a new carcass splitting saw to help boost production.

“Working through FuzeHub, Reed Brook Meats made connections to resources in New York State that we were unaware of. We’re now in a position to be more competitive, and we’re looking forward to accessing the FuzeHub network in the future.” — Ian Mumbulo, Reed Brook Meats

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