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Macomb Hy-Vee Now Selling Sausage Produced by Leatherneck Country Meats

October 21, 2020

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MACOMB, IL – Leatherneck Country Meats (LCM), a product of the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture, is now for sale at Hy-Vee in Macomb.

The store, on East Jackson Street, is selling pork sausage in links, patties, or ground sausage, in traditional or zesty flavors.

Leatherneck Country Meats-The Purple and Gold Standard of Western Illinois is a student-run organization that offers pork sales to the public. The organization, which sells pork products raised at the University Farm, was started in 2019.

"The School of Agriculture is very excited about getting our Leatherneck Country Meats products into the local Hy-Vee store, so consumers can purchase locally-raised pork," said School of Agriculture Director Andy Baker. "Having the opportunity to sell pre-packaged pork products in Hy-Vee is a dream come true. We work directly with Farmhouse Meats in Carthage, IL, to process our pork and our students have helped design our Leatherneck Country Meats label and website. We hope our working relationship with Hy-Vee continues to grow and prosper as we grow our retail sales. We appreciate Hy-Vee's desire to provide locally-grown products in the store."

Baker added that the WIU administration has been very supportive as LCM branches out into retail sales.

Macomb Hy-Vee Store Director Melissa Worley, a 2010 graduate of WIU's management program, said Baker approached her and Hy-Vee Meat Department Manager Scott Vogler about the possibility of a partnership.

"Through further discussion we were able to work out the details and are excited to carry their products," said Worley. "We love to support Western Illinois University as much as we can."

For more information about Leatherneck Country Meats, visit

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Office of University Communications & Marketing