MILWAUKEE  – Carnivore Meat Company LLC is one of seven Wisconsin companies awarded a prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award. Four Grand Award winners, categorized by number of employees, were recognized for impeccable performance. This year, three companies were also honored for awards in special categories, including exceptional growth and service, enterprise-wide precision and global brand growth.The winners were announced Thursday, February 22 at a black tie banquet honoring the 23 nominees.

Carnivore took home the special award for Global Brand Growth.

Carnivore is one of the fastest growing contenders in the pet food industry, specializing in the Raw Food category. This company has experienced explosive growth in the United States and globally over the past few years.

Their products are available in nearly 5,000 independent pet retail outlets across the United States, sold direct on major e-commerce platforms like Amazon and, and are exported internationally to 14 countries.

While this company’s export achievement is most impressive, they remain committed to investing in the state of Wisconsin. They further expanded operations this year with the addition of a 20,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center that includes a 90,000 cubic foot freezer. The company and its leadership invest extensively in the development of new, unique and innovative raw pet foods. Under its consumer brand, Vital Essentials®, there have been many “first to market” pet food options that are not offered by any other manufacturer. In fact, there are over 20 products manufactured in its Green Bay, Wisconsin facilities that are not made anywhere else in the world.

The Manufacturer of the Year Awards are sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce – the state chamber and manufacturers’ association – the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and the accounting and advisory firm of Baker Tilly. Additional information can be found online at Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award Winners: 

Grand Awards:  
Nicolet Plastics LLC, Mountain – Small Category 
Automation Components Incorporated, Middleton – Medium Category 
Linetec, Wausau – Large Category 
Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh – Mega Category 

Special Award Winners:
Carnivore Meat Company LLC, Green Bay – Global Brand Growth

Exact Sciences Corporation, Madison – Exceptional Growth and Service
iMARK Molding, Inc., Woodville – Enterprise-wide Precision

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