About Us:

Rainbow Packing Inc. is a USDA Federal Inspected Harvesting & Processing facility owned/operated by Jeff & Sue Sicotte for the past 19 years. Our Motto is: “Well Done Is Better Than Well Said”. We continually strive to provide our customers with the best quality service and believe to have a thriving business; you must operate it with complete honesty & the utmost integrity, so your customers always want to come back.

We also insure that when you bring a product into us for processing, you will get back what you brought in. We would love to hear back from you on your personal experiences with Rainbow Packing, please use our "Contact Us" link above. Check out what our customers have to say about us:    

 

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Acknowledgement: Second Wave Media, Sam Eggleston - Wednesday, July 28, 2010.

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Shopping local is nothing new to the residents of the Upper Peninsula, who have long done well at supporting small, community-minded stores and businesses. From clothing to hunting and outdoors supplies to snowplows, many Yoopers have done their best to keep dollars circulating at the local level and with local shop owners.

Thanks to the hard work of local businesses and people, getting dinner made locally is no chore at all.

"There's definitely been a trend of people over the past year or more than have been asking about where the meat comes from and if it's local," says Sue Sicotte, co-owner of Rainbow Packing in Escanaba, which is a USDA-approved meat processing facility. "People are more conscious of what they're eating now. It's not about price as much as it's about being smart about what they eat. They want to know where it comes from and if it's local."    

Sicotte's answer is relatively uncomplicated when she's asked about where the meat comes from. She can simply explain that some of the beef comes from the farm in Rock, Mich., which she and her husband, Jeff, own. Or she can point across the street from the facility to the cows in those fields, or explain that lamb, pork, cow and more come from the state fair auctions.

"It's pretty much all local," says Sicotte. "We have customers from Calumet to Sault Ste. Marie."

And why not?

From a single cow or pig to consistent production, Rainbow Packing has made it general business practice to be one of the best at what they do. In addition to slaughtering and processing, Rainbow also sells meat right at its Escanaba location.

It's at that facility that one of the up-and-coming names in beef production in the Upper Peninsula has their meat processed. Guindon Farms, known for its grass-fed beef that is raised in Cornell -- north by northwest of Gladstone -- turns to Rainbow when it needs top-quality meat packed and ready to sell.

"They do a great job over there," says Barb Guindon, who operates the farm with her husband, Matt.