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Since the dawn of time, mankind’s demand for protein has driven its rise and spread. The Industrial Era brought major innovation to meat and poultry processing, which in turn exposed it to the peaks and valleys, compliments and criticisms that effect nearly any business. During the past 125 years, The National Provisioner has been there record it all — bringing information, news, profiles and expert guidance to one of America’s oldest and greatest business sectors.

In celebration of our 125th year in business, The National Provisioner opens
its archives to dust off those moments and events, offering an unparalleled
examination of what made the industry what it is today.
This month, Part 3 of our analysis looks at the years 1942-1966.

Part 3: 1942-1966 — Booming growth

World War II, the Baby Boom and the growth of metropolitan areas began to shape the meat industry into what we know today, all after The National Provisioner’s first 50 years in business.

Looking back … with Robert Rust

Iowa State University meat industry legend Robert Rust shares his thoughts on how The National Provisioner helped him create a bridge to industry from academia, as well as some perspective on the strength and stamina of one of the magazine’s former editors.

Industry Timeline, 1942-1966

Major events and interesting facts about the industry and The National Provisioner’s coverage, from the publication’s archives during the years 1942-1966.

Coming in September, the events and moment from 1967-1991 — part of our six-month celebration of The National Provisioner’s 125th Anniversary.

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