Winter weather not helping local custom meat shops

Louie Covillo, owner of Louie’s Custom Meats & More, will tell you this weather is leading to a slump in sales.

Posted: Apr 18, 2018 7:13 AM
Updated: Apr 18, 2018 8:52 AM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - Louie Covillo, owner of Louie’s Custom Meats & More, will tell you this weather is leading to a slump in sales.
“Our Saturday business last Saturday was down about three fourths, and you just don't get that money back,” Covillo said.
He says in the five years he's owned this place and in the 30 years he's been in the meat market business, this is the first time he's ever seen this.
“We try and find ways to keep busy ... do cleaning and just trying to figure out ways to get people interested in buying meat,” Covillo said.
Keeping people interested includes catering to those who love to cook in the crockpot. He’s selling more roasts and chicken instead of that big juicy steak you'd love to grill. Ye Old Butchershoppe in Rochester says their experiencing the same hurt, too. Instead of seeing people coming in to buy meat for large spring get-togethers, it’s all about finding ways to sell what's popular during winter weather, which can include selling brats and burgers but more for the stovetop.
“We've been selling them right along anyway people are getting stocked up for the summer but yeah it's been difficult,” Covillo said.

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