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Cody Meat Plant

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Wyoming's first USDA inspected meat packing plant is now open in Cody. It specializes in Wyoming only meat, and the products are being sold in health food stores.

This is a first for Wyoming. A USDA inspected meat packing plant that produces steaks, jerky, meat sticks, and hot dogs, all made of Wyoming meat.

The CEO of Wyoming Authentic Products, David Fales said, "Our products are sourced by individual ranches. All of the premium beef products that we serve to restaurants, every case has the name of the ranch in Wyoming that it comes from."

The CEO of Forward Cody, James Klessens said, "You know where those beef cattle come from. We know the ranch that they came from. We know exactly what they were fed. We know how they were handled throughout the process. So, when David came to us with his marketing background and his marketing message in mind, we felt this is something we could subscribe to, and we could participate in."

So, Forward Cody, Wyoming's business council, and the city of Cody helped build the million-dollar facility that Wyoming Authentic Products leases. Its Wyoming only meat products also meet the demands of the health conscious.

Fales read the label, "Never, ever, any added hormones or antibiotics."

Fales also boasts, there are no artificial ingredients. In meat jerky? Really? So what do they use for a preservative?

He explained, "We use a celery juice powder."

Klessens thinks that more and more consumers fear ingredients they can't pronounce.

He said, "You don't know what it is. It sounds a little bit spooky. And so when you build a product that everything on it you can identify, and the number one ingredient is beef, not something else. It's nice to know what's in your food, and it's nice to know where it came from."

While the beef processed in the Cody plant comes from Wyoming ranches, the animals are slaughtered in Colorado.

Fales said the meat is sold in restaurants and health food stores in Big Sky, Jackson, Colorado, and on the Internet.

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