Asheville, N.C. – Sept. 24, 2019 – Schmaltz Retail Products, Wheaton, Ill., was recognized with the International Value-added Processor Marketer of the Year award by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand for leadership in product quality, marketing and sales. The award was presented at the brand’s Annual Conference, held Sept. 23-25, in Asheville, N.C. Brand partners at the conference, including meat processors, distributors, chefs, retailers and cattle ranchers, explored merchandising and marketing solutions to satisfy growing consumer demand for great-tasting beef.

The maker of Certified Angus Beef ® brand Schmacon™, Schmaltz Retail Products helped customers display the all-beef bacon with bilingual point-of-sale materials. The company featured the beefy bacon and launched new bacon bits at the Gulfood show, and Howard Bender, CEO and Culinary Institute of America graduate, joined the brand for a four-country culinary tour.

About the Certified Angus Beef ® brand

World renowned for its exceptional quality and generous marbling, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand is the original brand of premium beef. It was created over 40 years ago, in 1978, and is still owned today by family ranchers who are determined to bring the best Angus beef to the table through a gate-to-plate network that also includes meat companies, retailers and chefs. Ten exacting standards ensure the beef’s superior taste and tenderness in every bite. For more information, visit or follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.