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Five to be Added to Wisconsin Meat Hall of Fame
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/18/2011

Glorious Malone, Meinhardt Raabe, Gary Underwood, and Roger and Pat Van Hemelryk will be inducted into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame on May 12 at a luncheon in Madison.

Malone, who owns Malone's Fine Sausage of Milwaukee, began her pioneering journey in the 1960s by making headcheese in her home kitchen. Unbeknownst to her, the product was being resold and served in stores and taverns as far away as Chicago. Glorious passed away four years ago. She used the popularity of that product to found a successful business that today produces a variety of meat products sold throughout the Midwest region.

Raabe represented Oscar Mayer & Co. as "Little Oscar" and played a key part in the company's early efforts to gain brand recognition. Raabe, a native of Jefferson County, took a leave from his job at Oscar Mayer to play the role of munchkin coroner for the movie Wizard of Oz. The resulting celebrity further propelled the Little Oscar character and Oscar Mayer products to new markets throughout the nation. Raabe died in 2009.

Underwood is the co-owner, vice president and chief technology officer of the Red Arrow Products Company in Manitowoc. He holds 15 patents related to food flavoring and is responsible for the firm's new product development and quality control. Under his leadership, Red Arrow has evolved into an advanced food flavor and color technology company with national and international recognition.

And the Hemelryks have built Maplewood Meats, their family-owned retail meat market and custom processing plant, into an award-winning operation. Thanks to their hard work and dedication to quality, the Green Bay firm has received 152 state cured meat product competition awards from the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors, 51 national cured meat product competition awards from the American Association of Meat Processors and five international competition awards in Germany.

The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on John Nolen Drive in Madison.

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