Niman Ranch in the News
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Cooking Light spotlights 20 food heroes in November 2012 issue
The magazine recognized Steve Ells, founder of Chipotle Mexican Grill, tapping sustainable farms to supply its restaurants and for pairing with Niman Ranch for over a decade to provide humanely raised pork to the burrito chain. Check out the article here.
Every Day with Rachael Ray picks Niman Ranch Beef Meatloaf as a ‘Supermarket Find’
In the November 2012 issue Niman Ranch’s ready-to-eat Beef Meatloaf was selected by the editors of Every Day with Rachael Ray as a “brand-new buy(s) to shake up your grocery list.”
Time Magazine interviews Niman Ranch founding hog farmer Paul Willis
In the October 15, 2012, issue of Time Magazine, Paul Willis discusses how local meat can be trickier than produce. He is quoted “You can grow a local tomato anywhere, but when it comes to pigs, you need space and scale.”
The New York Times discusses the growing movement of gestation crate-free meat and interviews Niman Ranch
Paul Willis is questioned about the use of gestation crates- which Niman Ranch protocols forbid. He is quoted saying that gestation crates are inhumane “Those sows can’t even turn around and they have no bedding, nothing to root around in. I don’t think it’s acceptable.” Read the article here.
Niman Ranch Beef Meatloaf reviewed by Meating Place
The September issue of MeatingPlace featured a review in the Taste Test section of our ready-to-eat Beef Meatloaf entrée.
Chef Michael Formichella writes about ‘A weekend in hog heaven’
Blogger for Meatingplace.com wrote about his two day experience at the 14th Annual Niman Ranch Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner. He covered the five course dinner prepared by our guest chefs as well as raising hogs using traditional farming methods- outside or in deeply bedded pens. Read the postings here: Part 1
The New York Times picked the Niman Ranch BLT as U.S. Open Food of the Day
The final installment of The New York Times daily reviews of the food from the United States Open concession stands. The Farm 2 Fork booth offered on its menu a Niman Ranch B.L.T. “served on two massive slabs of whole-wheat bread, with two almost as massive slabs of tomato, some lettuce and an impressive pile of thickly sliced bacon.” Read the full review here.
Wine Spectator focuses the September issue on beef and interviews Niman Ranch VP John Tarpoff
Wine Spectator dedicated the September issue entirely to beef. John Tarpoff, VP of Beef for Niman Ranch, and our customer George Faison, president Debragga & Spitler, weighed in on the subject in the article ‘Beef Primer’.
Harvest Public Media explores the crate question and interviews Paul Willis
The gestation crate question looms over pork producers, Sarah McMammon with Iowa Public Radio interviewed Paul Willis for a farmer’s perspective whose hogs live in groups and sows are allowed to makes nests before they give birth. Read the entire article here.
Raiding your pantry after midnight? Esquire recommends Niman Ranch Fearless Franks
For those in the habit of late-night snacking, the best after-hours pantry requires some stockpiling. Take a look at Esquire’s recommendations, including Niman Ranch Fearless Franks!
Ballpark Gourmet in Sunset Magazine features a Niman Ranch beef and pork burger
Tasting its way through the ballparks across the West for gourmet and sustainable snacks, Sunset’s August issue highlights the Thai Chili Burger made with Niman Ranch pork and beef, topped with a sweet Thai chili sauce. This tasty ballpark option is cooked-up at the Diamondbacks Chase Field in Phoenix.
Steve Ells talks to Time Magazine about how he improved Chipotle’s quality with Niman Ranch pork
Unhappy with pork supplied by pig-confinement lots, he started buying from Niman Ranch. Ells discusses how he came to believe food which tastes food was linked to ethically sources ingredients. Read more here.
Niman Ranch hog farmer Jason Riff talks to Lancaster Farming about enjoying his job and way of life
Farmer Jason Riff discusses is farrow to finish hog farm and why he chooses to raise hogs to Niman Ranch’s strict protocols. Read the article or watch the video here.
Edible Marin & Wine Country interviews Niman Ranch’s Jeff Tripician
For its article “Fast Food For Good? Chipotle’s fresh approach aids local farmers”, Jeff Tripician, Niman Ranch CMO, discusses our relationship with Chipotle and how it’s purchasing of humanely raised antibiotic and hormone-free meat is helping U.S. family farmers throughout the Midwest.
What does ‘natural’ meat mean? Kelsey Blackwell with Natural Foods Merchandiser interviews Niman Ranch’s Mel Coleman, Jr.
NewHope 360 discusses what the ‘natural’ label really means with Mel Coleman, vice president of special projects for Niman Ranch.
NPR interviews Paul Willis about the booming antibiotic-free meat business
Niman Ranch gave Chipotle its first taste of free range pigs a decade ago, providing more opportunity for U.S. family farmers. Paul Willis discusses how the natural pork business is changing.