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RBGA names Hansen Meat Co. as Small Business of the Month

The RiverBend Growth Association has named Hansen Meat Co. as its Small Business of the Month for November.

The store opened first in Jerseyville in 1952 under first-generation owners Bill “Good Buddy” Hansen and his wife, Sissie. Their vision grew with the second-generation owner and President David Hansen who built a successful wholesale division. David incorporated his vision of adapting to new consumer habits while having a high regard to safe, premium quality products and customer service.

Now approaching 70 years in business, third-generation owner and President Ryan Hansen has carried on the vision and tradition of adapting to consumer needs and still providing high-quality meat products. The Hansens now operate a location in Alton as well.

“Our path over the years has changed, but the vision of our founders has not. We strive to provide, safe, delicious and unique meat products with the highest quality and customer service. We want to make lifelong customers of everyone who walks into our stores,” Ryan Hansen said.

At Hansen Meat Co., customers can find 75 homemade, in-house products, from meats for a small barbecue to a large holiday party. Among them are chicken kabobs, Illinois grand champion brats, and grand champion H&B hams.

Hansen Meat Co. has two full-service retail locations: one in Alton at 450 Landmarks Blvd. and the second in Jerseyville at 807 State Highway 16.


If you know a small business worthy of the monthly  honor, nominate them by using the form on this page –

The RiverBend Growth Association is the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the communities known as the River Bend.  For more information about the Growth Association, visit or call (618) 467-2280.

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