Northwest Meat Company
Our Story & Focus
Family owned and operated for three generations, Northwest Meat Company is a local wholesale meat distributor with a reputation of being a cut above the rest! A purveyor of the finest quality meats for over 60 years, our values and standards guide our dedication to providing you with exceptional cuts of meat coupled with the unparalleled quality of service.
Family Values Nurture Generations of Service
It all began in 1956 when Bruno Michelotti and his brother-in-law founded Northwest Meat Company in what is now considered Chicago’s River West neighborhood. Bruno and his wife, Genevieve, were immigrants from Italy’s Tuscan region where they learned ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and an appreciation for excellent quality meat. Both coming from a long line of business owners, they traveled to America as young adults in hopes to find and build their own dreams. Finally, in 1969 Bruno and Genevieve started their own business, which has continued for three generations.
A Tradition of Excellence Continues
Bruno and Genevieve, along with their children, Roger, Lori, and Linda continued to grow their company and their reputation for excellence, quality, and consistency. Their mission as a local wholesale meat distributor in Chicago was to provide high-quality products and customer service to Chicago’s emerging and established restaurant industry. In 1982, Bruno’s son-in-law, Stan Neva, joined the business and in 1997, acquired the company upon Bruno’s passing. In 2010, Northwest Meat Company became a third-generation family business when Stan and Lori’s son, Andrew, joined the company after receiving a degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Family Culture Means Personal Access with Flexibility and Speedy Response
The family is deeply involved in all aspects of the business providing customers with the leadership and professionalism they require and deserve. This tight family-oriented culture brings flexibility, quick decision-making and speedy response to your specific needs. When you do business with Northwest Meats, you’re always doing business with the top decision makers.
A Growing Chicago Wholesale Meat Distributor Supporting The Local Economy
Northwest Meat Company’s original building was located on Grand, Milwaukee and Halsted. The company stayed there until 1969 and then moved to the intersection of Morgan and Hubbard Street.
With continued expansion, the local wholesale meat distributor moved in 2015 to its current location, a 15,000 square foot facility in the growing Fulton Market area. Located on Justine and Arbour Street, this modern manufacturing space with the latest technology in equipment supports business growth and scalability. It also enables the company to be more consistent and efficient with bigger production areas and greater volume. The company can continue to grow and modernize while still staying true to their family legacy.
The Neva family are proud to carry on the tradition of a family owned and operated company serving the finest Chicagoland restaurants, hotels, country clubs, bars, food trucks, and more. Whether you serve 100 or 1,000 customers, we are committed to excellence. This includes working with and supporting local Chicago businesses. We believe in strengthening our local economy by partnering with only those sources that have the same desire to provide top quality and humanely sourced products.
— What Our Customers Say —
"Northwest Meat Company has significantly insured superior customer experiences at Quartino from its inception on December 5, 2005. As customer preferences continue to evolve, Northwest Meat Company embraces these challenges by sourcing, presenting, and developing Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork, Chicken, and game bird alternatives. Often primary, secondary, and tertiary cuts of natural, common and uncommon breeds, humanely grown, and antibiotic free become a competitive point of difference for our customers. Since I have been trained by Italian master butchers, my expectations can present a challenge to today’s butchers. This being said, Northwest Meat Company has and continues to provide old world values while providing modern interpretations and alternative preferences."
Chef John ColettaExecutive Chef, Quartino Ristorante
"Northwest Meat and Andrew are always there to answer your questions and help out in a pinch. They source great products and are available to fabricate items to certain specifications."
Chef De CuisineMichael Kinasz, Chicago Athletic Association
"Northwest Meats has always been consistent with the highest quality. No matter how much they have grown over the past years, they have always made me feel like I am their only customer. They are always offering practical recommendations and letting me know updated pricing. Northwest Meats is like having your own personal butcher for your restaurant."
— Meet Our Leadership Team —
Lori NevaManaging Partner
Andrew NevaVP, Operations & Sales
A CUT ABOVE!
Our customers know we are committed to excellent service, products, and price. We are passionate about bringing you products made in Chicago at a price point that works for you. Wet or dry aging, our USDA Certified cuts of meat are hand-cut by skilled butchers to your portion-control specifications, ensuring consistent quality every time. We have the highest standards and make it a priority to far exceed government food safety requirements. We also ensure our sourcing partners do the same.
Northwest Meat Company guarantees quality. We never compromise and we stand behind every cut of beef, veal, lamb, and pork we sell.
— CONTACT US —
We would like to hear from you. Whether you have specific questions regarding our products or pricing, or would like to ask for a product catalog or samples, please complete the following inquiry form or contact us using the information below.