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Aaron Kiesel Inducted into Cured Meat Hall of Fame

Aaron Kiesel is co-owner of Dewig Brothers Packing Company, Inc., located in Haubstadt, Indiana. He started working at Dewig Meats in June of 1996 during high school. He did various jobs around the plant such as clean up, packaging, and waiting on customers. His work at Dewig Meats interested him, and he went on to pursue a degree at Purdue University in Meat Science with an emphasis in processed meat. Aaron came back to Dewig Meats full time after college where he eventually took over the sausage kitchen and the job responsibilities that the job entails. Aaron started dating the

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DEWIG IN THE NEWS: Rediscovering A Local Institution

Dewig Meats has been in operation since 1916, but it took a pandemic for some consumers to discover its award-winning meats. During the thick of the turmoil that surrounded the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, consumers in southern Indiana couldn’t find basic necessities like ground beef in their grocery stores. When those meat cases were emptied, they turned to their local meat market, Dewig Meats, which offered a steady supply of ground beef, steaks, chops, bacon and more. During that time, some shoppers would go up to Darla Kiesel, one of the family operators, and say, “Where have you guys been?” Well,

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Pappa Bear’s Catering: New BBQ-and-more food truck highlighting products from Dewig Meats

Original article written by Aimee Blume, Evansville Courier & Press EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Brent Weatherwax recently got to sleep in… until 3 a.m. On many days, he’s up at 2 a.m. He gets his Pappa Bear’s Catering food truck and smoker out of storage downtown, drives it up to Dewig Meats in Haubstadt, gets the meat going low and slow on the smoker, then heads to set up at his chosen lunch location or catering job for the day. Pappa Bear’s is known to many as the catering arm of Dewig Meats, but Weatherwax is the owner and operator, although

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Partners in Food… ‘The only thing you can take to heaven is what you give away on earth’

(Article originally written by Dave Pearce/The Posey County News.) Posey County’s Partners in Food held its annual appreciation dinner Sunday evening at the Zion-Lippe United Church of Christ. Well over 100 were on hand to hear the latest of what this generous group has done and what’s in the works for next year. Posey County’s Partners in Food program began in 2005 and continues to see growth in its 15th year of providing protein to local food pantries and shelters. The four individuals who started the program happen to not only to be farmers but also friends who are also

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National Provisioner Article: Dewig Meats promotes local food

(Article originally written by Sam Gazdziak and published on the National Provisioner website under Independent Processor’s Prime Cuts.) Many small processors in this country run a meat market and sell a variety of products besides their meats. Along with ham, bacon, sausages and meat snacks, shoppers can pick up things like jams and jellies, chips and, if the store has a liquor license, beer and wine. In many cases, shoppers can buy the same candy bars or the same sodas that they can buy in any retail store. In other cases though, processors stock their markets with products from other

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Dewig Meats Wins 2018 Centennial Business Award

Dewig Meats received 2018 Centennial Business Award on November 5, 2018. from the Indiana Historical Society. The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is honoring a Haubstadt business for its long history of service. IHS has awarded Dewig Bros. Packing Company, Inc. with a 2018 Centennial Business Award. The award, which aims to provide special recognition to Indiana companies in business, is part of the Historic Business Register founded in 1992 by trustees and members of IHS. Dewig Bros. Packing Co was founded in 1916 and has been family owned and operated since its inception. After years of planning and preparation, Dewig

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Dewig’s to Marshal Sommerfest Parade

Written by Janice Barniak. (Originally Published in the South Gibson Star Times) “This one’s for you, Charlie!” is the theme selected to honor recently-passed community patriarch Charlie Wilhite, and in his honor Tom and Janet (Wilhite) Dewig were selected to marshal the Sommerfest parade at 1 p.m. Saturday in Haubstadt. Janet is Charlie’s sister. “This honor is real special not only because of my brother’s memory, but he and Sandy were honored just last year with Grand Marshal, and I feel real special to be a part of that club,” she said. Gary Steckler, Parade Chairman, talked about how the couple

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They’ve Got Swagger – Braunschweiger

(This article originally appeared in the South Gibson Star-Times ) The quest to produce the best meat in the nation is pursued by a core group of people around the country who start with the farm and put time into every stage of the process to create the best tasting meat possible, before entering it into contest. This year, the local company, Dewig Meats cleaned up at competitions, winning first in the categories of Bone-In Smoked Ham, Smoked Turkey Breast, and Braunschweiger from the Indiana Meat Packers and Processing Association, plus first in Braunschweiger, Boneless Ham and Country Ham categories from

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