ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (August 2, 2019) – Rick Reams was elected president of the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) last week during the 80th Annual Convention of Meat Processors and Suppliers’ Exhibition, in Mobile, Alabama.
Reams is the owner of RJ’s Meats in Hudson, Wis., and K’Nack in St. Paul, Minn. Reams, a Hudson native, has owned RJ’s Meats for more than 30 years. He began working in the meat industry in 1977 as a clean up worker at Jim’s Meats. After a break from the industry and a four-year stint in the Air Force, he returned to Hudson in 1986 and purchased Jim’s Meats, later renaming it RJ’s Meats. In late 2018, the Reams family launched their second business, K’Nack, in St. Paul, Minn. K’Nack is an extension of RJ’s Meats and operates inside of the Keg and Case Market in St. Paul.
He has been a member of the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors (WAMP) and the American Association of Meat Processors since 1994. He served as chairman of the WAMP product show in 2004. He served a two-year term as president of WAMP starting in 2010. He actively helps with and attends both state and national meat association conventions, striving to gain more knowledge and expertise in the industry. He has been a tremendous promoter for WAMP and the AAMP, always offering his help and knowledge to others in the in the meat industry.
At the national level, Reams was the recipient of the 2002 AAMP Accomplishment Award, which recognizes the honoree’s outstanding achievements in the meat and poultry industry, accomplished over a relatively short period of time. He was inducted into the Cured Meats Hall of Fame in 2011. The Cured Meats Hall of Fame recognizes individuals that have shown a long-standing excellence in the production of cured meats.
RJ’s Meats has won countless awards with their products at both the state and national cured meats shows. More recently, RJ’s won international recognition after taking home the grand prize for ham and second prize for sausage at the 2019 IFFA competition in Frankfurt, Germany. IFFA is the world’s leading trade fair and international meeting place for the industry.
Reams is married to wife, Anne, and they have three sons, Anthony, Aaron, and Joe. With two business locations, Joe Reams works as the general manager of K’Nack. Anthony Reams works as co-manager of RJ’s. Aaron works outside of the industry, but helps out with the family business as needed.
Reams succeeds Chad Lottman of LandMark Snacks, Beatrice, Neb., who will remain on the AAMP Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President.
The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) is North America’s largest meat trade organization. It is the mission of AAMP to provide quality service, knowledge through education, regulatory representation, and networking opportunities for our members.