ERLANGER, KY (FOX19) - Our timeline
1867 – Christopher Rice opens butcher shop on Madison Avenue in Covington, KY.
1905 – Christopher Rice II takes over the business as 2nd generation owner
1912 – Opened C. Rice Packing on Patton and Eastern Avenue in Covington, KY, in the building which previously was the Vinegar Works
1916 – Christopher Rice II dies and his wife takes over the business with the help of their three sons, Clarence, Bernard and James
1940 – Purchased Weis Packing in Maysville, KY. Bernard Rice was sent to run the company which burned to the ground in 1945
1945 – Purchased Haehnle Provision Company at 12th and Fisk Street in Covington, KY, which was remodeled and became Blue Grass Provision Company
1963 – Bernard Rice takes over business as 3rd generation owner
1972 – Builds new production facility in Erlanger, KY
1974 – Bernard's sons Bill, Glenn and Jay Rice take over as fourth generation owners
1982 – First expansion added 15,000 square feet for dry storage plus expand sausage kitchen
1985 – Added another smokehouse
1987 – Added another smokehouse
2000 – Bill's sons Paul and Steve, and Glenn's son Dan and daughter Aurelia Rice take over as 5th generation owners
2002 – Company expands production facility in Erlanger, KY, adding another 15,000 square feet and three more smokehouses
2014 – Acquired Harvest and Family Brand from Ohio Packing Company, Columbus, OH
2017 – Celebrating 150 years of family ownership
Our scope of business
Location: Erlanger, Ky.
Brands: Blue Grass, Kentucky's Best, Harvest, and Family Brand
Products Manufactured: A full line of deli meats, ham, bacon, roast beef, turkey breast and cooked dinner sausage
Distribution: Nationwide with its private label program, regionally with its branded retail and foodservice lines.
Our 150th year
Blue Grass Quality Meats will be celebrating the 150-year anniversary through community cookouts and sponsorship of church festivals. This is a good way to say thank you to those who have supported the company for many generations and welcome those new to our trade area.
Groom the 6th generation of family owners instilling the commitment to quality that has been passed down through generations.
Continue to evolve our product offerings to be in line with the interest of modern consumers without sacrificing old fashioned goodness that is synonymous with our brands.