In 1954, Oscar “Pop” Jennings started his very own butcher shop in the small town of New Franklin, Missouri. Located equidistant from St. Louis and Kansas City, on the original Katy Trail, Pop began the business cutting and curing specialty meat products for local farmers in the area and surrounding counties.
In 1968, Pop’s son Keith joined the business, expanding the company into the retail meat market. With Keith on board, the company began offering fresh meat, custom cut to the likes of it’s customers. Keith got the company involved in many trade organizations, and even served as President of the Missouri Association of Meat Processors, where he was later named to their Hall of Fame. Our retail shop still exists today, taking care of our customers with great products and service.
Pop’s grandson, Jason became involved in the business in 1988. The company expanded into further processed meat products including smoked hams, bacon, snack sticks, jerky and sausages. These products have won Jennings Premium Meats some of it’s greatest awards at both state and national levels. Jason continued the company’s involvement in trade organizations, by serving as President of the American Association of Meat Processors, as well as the Missouri Association, where he was also named to their Hall of Fame. In 2011 Jason was named the recipient of the prestigious Richard Knowlten Award, given each year to a meat processor with outstanding service to the trade business.
Still located in the site of the original butcher shop in New Franklin, Missouri, Jennings Premium Meats continues it’s 57 year tradition of offering great products and service to it’s customers. We invite you to come by and visit us!