Starting a Meat Processing Business

In a scale of difficulty, medium, and low, meat processing business is usually classified under the difficulty level. But if you acquaint yourself with its particulars, it is not that difficult in starting this business.

Bear in your mind that in this kind of business you must know where to find the best meat to process, the materials needed, and how to make it a success.

The Essentials of the Business

Meat processing business normally involves meat grinding and meat packaging. Among the by products of this particular business are the hams, hotdogs, and sausages. Having this in mind, the first thing that you must do is to haunt for meat shops or slaughterhouses. They will be the source of your meat. You can find several of them through your haunt. The catch is choosing the best among them. In choosing meat shop or slaughterhouses, observe their establishment. Is the place clean? Are the materials used in their business clean as well? Remember that cleanliness is your primary concern in order for you to have a quality meat. In addition, have a little bit of background check. Make sure that these shops and slaughterhouses follow the rules and regulations laid down by the law. Being involved with those disobeying the laws will be a big set back especially if it become known to people. Conduct also a meticulous research on the prices of meat. You don’t want to be fooled by some greedy owners of meat shops and slaughterhouses.

Another matter for you to keep in mind is that meat processing involves packaging. This is where refrigeration and transportation of your meat. Your meat must always be kept in a cool place so that it won’t be spoiled during the delivery. Otherwise, your meat will be a waste only after a day. It must always be taken into account that after the meat has been processed, you must immediately packed and refrigerate it. Concerning this, having a good storage place for your meat is advisable.

of the Business

In order for you to have a thriving meat processing business, you must have the proper machines and equipment. In this case, you have to think through of the quantities that you will be able to make. Another is how much processing you are willing to risk. If you are planning to operate your business on regular basis, then buy the needed machineries of good quality. Second hand machines are usually more costly because of repairs. You have to consider too of improving your processing power. One way of increasing it is to upgrade your commercial equipment. One more thing that you have to bear in mind is that your equipment must always be clean. Meats are normally at risk of bacteria growth. If this happens, not only your health but also the health of your customers is in jeopardy. And to be completely assured, have your place spotless too after every business operation. This way, the quality of your meat will be unharmed. Your reputation in the business will also go undamaged.

Plan your Marketing Strategy

Marketing strategy includes a good advertisement. One of the best and cheapest ways to advertise is online. If you have internet, then this will not be a problem to you. Just include in your advertisement the finest offers that your can make. Give freebies to every purchase of your meat. By this, people will be tempted to buy your products. In addition to your marketing strategy, keeping a record of your account will be a great help. Keeping tab of your expenses and revenue will let you know if you’re making a progress or not. This way, you will be aware of concerns and improvements you still need to address.


  • Brandy Nichols said on February 6, 2012
    I live in Belpre, OH 45714. I am interested in starting my own meat packing business. i really do not even know where to start..i need trained in meat cutting. i would greatly appreciate any info you may have. Thank You
  • maziku m.d said on May 16, 2012
    I wish to begin a small scale commercial abattoir with possibility to expand or add meat packaging unit to supply retailers, restaurants and supermarkets in Dar-es-salaam and beyond. Please advice me how to start and go about realizing my business ideas. Thanx.
  • theresah nkrumah said on January 15, 2013
    in processing unit is in ghana, kumasi to be specific. i have the broiler farm already but i want to maintain production all year round. there is pumper market for during christmas only. i believe once i process it i can rear the birds all year.
  • Hana Hudson said on July 14, 2014
    Hi, I live in Honolulu. I want to cook beef , chicken, pork dishes and packaging with vacuum sealer. I want to distribute them in grocery store. Do I need permit from USDA or FDA or Department of Health and Sanitation? If I rent and used Public Commercial Kitchen, what License do I still need to apply? Thank you so much! Hana
  • biola said on August 2, 2014
    please i need to know in details the equipments needed and where to purchase, i'm from Lagos, Nigeria, and also how can one process the meat into hams, sausages and all.
  • samuel beginner adviser said on January 18, 2015
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  • moronfade beginner adviser said on January 26, 2015
    Our skills in order to achieve success in its market:
    1. Maintain high quality standards for its suppliers and continuously monitor this quality.
    2. Preserve meats in optimal conditions to maintain freshness while in the store.
    3. Maintain excellence in the skill of butchering meats through hiring, training, and supervision of staff.
    4. Listen carefully to customer needs and respond with custom-cut products, whether in person, over the phone, or through Internet email || Butchery Consultant

  • mahalia pennerman said on April 25, 2017
    I am 19 years old and, owning my own business is my dream but I wanted to be different, like I didn't want to just be like everyone selling clothes and shoes like most female does...I was blessed with a vision to own my meat shop in the Bahamas and hopefully it will go across the world. i know its not going to be easy but chasing my dream is important and making come through is my life. so wish me good luck


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