Indulge your culinary creativity with butcher-made sausages

8 February 2024, Vancouver, BC  - Savour the difference that gourmet, butcher-made sausages bring to your menu or retail butcher case, while meeting demand for protein options that drive profitability. To craft sausages that elevate your offering, our butchers infuse premium pork, chicken or turkey with a symphony of herbs and spices.

With a variety of applications and sizes to choose from, our sausages can wow guests on your brunch and dinner menu alike. Find the right sausage for your menu between gourmet classics like bangers and bratwurst to innovative options, such as maple blueberry pork and sundried tomato turkey.

Reap the benefits of premium pork, chicken and turkey sausages:

Discover the right style of butcher-made sausage for your establishment

Retail

Opt for the Intercity Custom Meats sausages that are available in a natural casing to meet demand for gourmet protein options that drive profitability and have great eye appeal when showcased in a raw format in your butcher case.

Healthcare

Turkey and chicken sausages are specially crafted to meet demand for healthy proteins that offer exceptional flavour and a soft bite. Intercity Custom Meats poultry-based sausages are lower in sodium, fat and calories than their pork-based equivalents.

Restaurants

All sausages made by Intercity Custom Meats are ultimately designed with a chef in mind. Between the different varieties of flavour profiles, portion size and meat options, there is guaranteed to be a gourmet sausage that fits your menu application.

For a detailed product list of sausage flavours and specifications available at Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood, please review the guide available here: Sausage Product Guide.


ABOUT INTERCITY PACKERS

In 1972, Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood started out providing beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game products to local restaurants. We are now Canada’s leading supplier of the highest quality meat and seafood products to restaurants, healthcare and education customers across Canada. Our trained staff have years of experience in custom cutting proteins. Because we produce food for the restaurant industry, our manufacturing plants are federally inspected and fully licensed, employing the high standards for food safety and quality assurance. With continuous innovation and the latest technology in the industry we provide safety, consistency, and leading-edge new products for our customers to meet evolving market trends and consumer preferences.

Exceed expectations with gluten-friendly stuffed chicken cordons

7 November 2023, Vancouver, BC  - Accommodate greater dietary preferences on your Winter menu with Intercity Packers’ gourmet product line of stuffed chicken cordons that feature premium, chef-inspired fillings and multiple breading options. Compared to other stuffed chicken products on the market, Intercity Packers’ cordons are low in sodium, made with superior ingredients, and as of today, available in a gluten-friendly option!

Stuffed chicken cordons offer labour-saving opportunities for your restaurant, retail or healthcare establishment. Additionally, opting fully prepared chicken cordons offers the following benefits:

The demand for gluten-friendly products has grown significantly over the past 15 years. With increased awareness around gluten allergies and sensitivities, your front-of-house staff will continue to receive more and more inquiries about your gluten-friendly offering. Intercity Packers' customers will now have the option to offer those valued guests a gluten-friendly solution, that doesn’t sacrifice flavour or quality.

Intercity Packers is the first Canadian supplier to produce a gluten-friendly chicken cordon, and the bar is being set high. Our gluten-friendly cordons are a crowd-pleasing option that’ll exceed the expectations of your guests with and without sensitivities alike. By utilizing a rice-based Japanese-style breadcrumb (JBC), which has larger flakes than wheat-based JBC, the breading is extra crunchy. Reach out to your Intercity Packers Sales Representative to try for yourself - you may be surprised by which breading option you enjoy more.

Each stuffed chicken cordon is made with care by our team of expert butchers. To start, the filling is assembled by hand, then the cordon is lightly breaded, par fried then flash frozen to lock in the freshness. Between the breading, portion size and filling, let’s compare all the different ways our butchers customize this product line.

TWO BREADING OPTIONS

Standard Panko

Standard Panko

  • Wheat-based Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs.
  • Small flake and crispy.
Gluten-friendly Panko

NEW! Gluten-free Panko

  • Rice-based Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs.
  • Larger flakes for extra crunch.*


*Limited to certain filling flavors and portion sizes at this time.

TWO PORTION SIZE OPTIONS

Ground Chicken

Country Cordon

  • Made with ground chicken (100% white meat)
  • Formed into a 115gr (4oz) portion
Full Chicken Breast

A La Cordon

  • Made with premium full-muscle chicken breasts
  • Yields a 170gr (6oz) portion

EIGHT FLAVOURS OF FILLINGS & COUNTING

From left to right: Parm, Bleu, Brie Cordon

Cordon Bleu - Black forest ham and creamy Edam cheese.

Canadian Cordon - Broccoli and cheddar cheese.

Kiev Cordon - Garlic butter and herbs.

Marinara & Parm Cordon - Tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan.

Apple Brie Cordon - Sweet apple chunks with chives and Brie cheese.

Cheddar, Chive & Bacon Cordon - The perfect loaded potato, minus the potato.

Neptune Cordon - Shrimp, scallops and garlic butter.

Festive Turkey Cordon - Ground turkey, moist stuffing and cranberry sauce filling (seasonal only)

Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet the rising demand for gluten-friendly options. For cooking instructions, product codes and a detailed list of specifications, please contact your Intercity Packers Sales Representative. To get in touch with a member of the Intercity Packers Sales team, please fill out the Become A Customer form here.

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ABOUT INTERCITY PACKERS


In 1972, Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood started out providing beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game products to local restaurants. We are now Canada’s leading supplier of the highest quality meat and seafood products to restaurants, healthcare and education customers across Canada. Our trained staff have years of experience in custom cutting proteins. Because we produce food for the restaurant industry, our manufacturing plants are federally inspected and fully licensed, employing the high standards for food safety and quality assurance. With continuous innovation and the latest technology in the industry we provide safety, consistency, and leading-edge new products for our customers to meet evolving market trends and consumer preferences.

Differentiate your holiday menu with meat & seafood products that maximize profits

31 August 2023, Vancouver, BC –   During the holiday season of previous years, restaurant goers’ demand for impeccable food and service has been fierce - and 2023 will be no different. According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association, “Nearly 60% of consumers say they plan to dine out at a restaurant during the holidays, while 50% intend to order takeout or delivery for a gathering at home. Another one in four say they plan to do both.”

Chefs and restaurant operators face a variety of challenges, including ensuring profitably without sacrificing the quality of the product they serve. Building an innovative Holiday menu that incorporates items that are elevated, but efficient to execute will maximize your success.

Flip through the pages of our latest product guide to discover products that will maximize profits and differentiate your menu. View the guide here: https://issuu.com/intercitypackers/docs/icp_holiday_product_guide_2023


You’ve already made a key decision to ensure a winning strategy, which is to partner with a protein supplier, that’s frankly more than a protein supplier. Intercity Packers is here to relieve pressure from your operation, strategically procure meat & seafood, inspire culinary development, and consistently supply the top quality products. With over 50 years of experience serving food service and retail operators, we have some tips on how to be successful during the holidays.

Top 3 Ways To Maximize Profits During The Busy Holiday Season

1. Plan your meat and seafood offering in advance.

Supply and demand can be tight for certain proteins, such as Turkeys, Beef Ribs, FCOs, Strips and Tenderloins, during the big holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. The key to not falling victim to shortages is to work with your ICP Sales Representative to book your offering early.

Your ICP Sales Representative will work with our strategic Procurement Team to find the best products at the best time. Booking your usage early also helps you lock in the best pricing, allowing you to maximize profits.

2. Opt for value-added products

Value-added products come in a variety of forms. Our vendors and expert in-house butchers have added value to the products in the Holiday Product Guide in one or more of the following ways:

Our expert butchers are here to relieve pressure from your operation. Streamline your back-of-house operation by maximizing efficiency with partially or fully prepared proteins in our value-added product line. Reap the benefits value-added products offer, such as reduced skilled labour costs, zero food waste and improved consistency.

3. Differentiate your holiday menu

Building a menu that stands out from the competition, while still expanding on your existing signature offering, is key to bringing in new and loyal patrons. Consider limited time offers (LTOs) that are elevated but efficient to execute by taking advantage of value-added products. Despite being partially prepared, value-added products offer an opportunity to add new creative features to your menu.

Here’s some inspiration for how the ICP Culinary team turned value-added products from the Holiday Product Guide into unique, seasonal menu items.

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ABOUT INTERCITY PACKERS


In 1972, Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood started out providing beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game products to local restaurants. We are now Canada’s leading supplier of the highest quality meat and seafood products to restaurants, healthcare and education customers across Canada. Our trained staff have years of experience in custom cutting of proteins. Because we produce food for the restaurant industry, our manufacturing plants are federally inspected and fully licensed, employing the high standards for food safety and quality assurance. With continuous innovation and the latest technology in the industry we provide safety, consistency, and leading-edge new products for our customers to meet evolving market trends and consumer preferences.

Level up your store’s beef case with case-ready Certified Angus Beef® products.

11 July 2023, Vancouver, BC –   Modern shoppers seek premium Canadian beef in your stores. Adding case-ready cuts helps keep your shoppers’ favourites in stock around the clock: steaks, roasts, grinds, patties and marinated cuts. The Certified Angus Beef® brand’s reputation is built on quality - and that legacy is what makes the brand trusted by consumers.

Mix & match between 12 unique Certified Angus Beef® products to tailor the right offering for your beef case.

To view the pack size, shelf life and code of each product, please download the following retail-focused Certified Angus Beef Sell Sheet here and share with your team.

To grow sales in your beef case, consider the following 5 benefits that only Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood can offer:

1. Sleek, consumer-favoured packaging

Consumers prefer the Certified Angus Beef® displayed in a black packaging. When asked to specify their colour preference - black, white or yellow - more than 7 in 10 (73%) chose black.*

Consumers confirm that the black packaging helps accentuate the brand’s generous marbling, and indicates a high quality product. Specifically:

On average, rollstock film uses 40% less plastic than traditional tray packaging. Rollstock packaging supports your initiatives to reduce plastic consumption.

Vacuum sealed and chub packages are tamper-proof and freezer-ready, making the products ideal for in-store merchandising and online order fulfilment.

2. Improved colour retention and extended shelf life

Freshly cut Certified Angus Beef® steaks have an extended shelf life up to an additional 5 days above the standard by spraying with specialized ozone water prior to packaging.**

The beef’s colour is retained for a greater period of time with ozone water. Packaging seals in the freshness so once package is opened, beef colour will bloom to natural cherry red.

Extended shelf life, combined with smaller cases, will improve inventory control and lessen the risk of spoilage.

3. Reduced labour and shrink costs

Opting for portion-controlled beef that is prepackaged and fully labelled, instead of butchering sub-primals in-house, will result in your store having reduced shrink and less out of stocks.

What happens when a customer’s preferred beef cut is out of stock at their local grocery store?

4 in 10 seek staff at meat counter to confirm availability

4 in 10 choose a different cut or protein - mostly lower cost items

2 in 10 forgo purchase - some return; some shop elsewhere

1 in 10 view the store negatively.***

Pre-cut portions have a 100% yield so you do not have to utilize or account for off-cuts and trim. Also, you do not need to account for additional labour costs to further package or label products.

Pre-cut portions will improve consistency over multiple business locations and operations.

No need to make large investments in specialty butcher equipment, such as bandsaws and knives, or packaging and labelling equipment. Your establishment does not need to employ a large team of skilled meat cutters.

Portions are packaged in small case sizes, meaning easier inventory control and less chance of spoilage.

4. Expertly aged beef for steakhouse flavour and tenderness

Minimum age guidelines can vary between retail and food service. At retail, beef can be sold at as low 5-7 days age. For this Certified Angus Beef® product line, the following standards have been set for a “steakhouse” experience:

  • Aged 14 days prior to processing
  • Ageing process can be extended by an additional 14+ days once cut and packaged.

5. Strict food safety standards

Since 1972, Intercity Packers has been one of the most trusted names for product integrity and safety in today’s constantly changing marketplace. To produce products you can trust, Intercity Packers adheres to the strictest food safety standards and regulators as noted below:

  • Federally regulated by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) to ensure quality assurance
  • Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) standard of Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification
  • E coli testing by accredited 3rd party lab
  • 24/7 Product recall process in place

* In-store intercepts; sample size 600 (includes data from the United States)

** Testing done by Quality Control team at Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood

*** Midan Marketing


Aged, Cut and Packaged to exacting steakhouse standards by Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood.


Interested in listing Certified Angus Beef®at your grocery store? Get in touch.

Email our Sales Team at info@intercitypackers.ca

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Call our BC Sales Teams at 604-295-2010, or call our AB Sales Teams at 780-477-7254

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ABOUT INTERCITY PACKERS


In 1972, Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood started out providing beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game products to local restaurants. We are now Canada’s leading supplier of the highest quality meat and seafood products to restaurants, healthcare and education customers across Canada. Our trained staff have years of experience in custom cutting of proteins. Because we produce food for the restaurant industry, our manufacturing plants are federally inspected and fully licensed, employing the high standards for food safety and quality assurance. With continuous innovation and the latest technology in the industry we provide safety, consistency, and leading-edge new products for our customers to meet evolving market trends and consumer preferences.