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C O M M E N TA R Y

A century of gratitude
This past month we began lighting
the candles of which there are 100.
March 7 marked the 99th anniversary
and the start of MEAT+POULTRY's
parent company, Sosland Publishing
Co.'s 100th year. MEAT+POULTRY is
one of eight B2B magazine titles and
multiple websites covering the food
industry under the Sosland banner,
which began with the inaugural issue
of The Southwestern Miller, in 1922.
Fifty years after its debut, the journal
was renamed Milling & Baking News
and for the past 5,170 weeks, it has
published every Tuesday for nearly
a century.
During the ensuing 15 years,
Sosland expanded its coverage of the
grain-based food industry by adding
new titles, including Baking&Snack in
1979; World Grain in 1982; and Baking
Buyer (now known as Bake) in 1987.
Sosland went on to expand its food
industry breadth in 2005, launching
instore Buyer (a spinoff of Baking
Buyer) and Food Business News while
adding two more titles, by rebranding
instore to Supermarket Perimeter and
launching Pet Food Processing in 2019.
While the history of
MEAT+POULTRY as part of the
Sosland Publishing family spans just

about 25 of its 100 years, the magazine
dates back to 1955, when Don Oman
launched Western Meat Industry, a
regional trade magazine covering the
meat processing and packing industry.
The publication, which made its
publishing debut in San Francisco and
moved to Mill Valley two years later,
originally circulated to meat processors
in 11 western states. Oman and his
wife, Agnes, grew the business and
sold the magazine about 20 years later
to Michael Alaimo, who was the editor
at the time. Alaimo changed the title
to MEAT&POULTRY during his tenure
and grew the magazine to a nationally
circulated publication. In 1996, Sosland
Publishing negotiated a deal to acquire
MEAT&POULTRY from Alaimo,
adding the first magazine covering
protein processing to its portfolio and
ultimately moving its operations from
California to Kansas City, Mo.
This issue kicks off the first of a
series of MEAT+POULTRY reports
(see " Leaving legacies " on Page
16) that examines the impact of
major economic, social and political
developments of the past century on
the industry. We look first at how the
iconic companies and leaders of the
past 100 years have shaped today's
industry and how history might (or
might not) play a role in the future of
the meat and poultry industry. The
centennial anniversary celebration will

While the history

continue through
of M+P as part of
the Sosland Publishing
Sosland's 100th
family spans just about
year, which will
25 of its 100 years,
end in March 2023.
the magazine dates
back to 1955.
Other Sosland
publications have also
planned editorial content
to commemorate this milestone,
each being identified with the 100th
anniversary logo below.
I have only been a part of this
100-year journey in a small way for
about 20 years, but I can attest to the
undying commitment of the Sosland
family members still working in the
family-owned business and the value
placed on the editorial content that
is published in every digital and
print product that bears the Sosland
name. I am proud to be part of the
upcoming plans to celebrate Sosland's
100th anniversary and on behalf of
MEAT+POULTRY and all of its sister
publications, I thank the loyal readers
of this and all of Sosland's family
of magazines and websites. Here's
to another 100 years of prosperity
for you and your company and to
the continued industry partnerships
MEAT+POULTRY is committed to
maintaining for generations to come.
J O E L C R E WS, E D I TO R | j c r e w s @ s o s l a n d .c o m

years
SOSLAND PUBLISHING

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