Frequently Asked Questions

Questions & Answers

What is Nueske’s doing to ensure the safety of its customers and employees?

In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health administrations, Nueske’s is adhering to the highest levels of sanitation and prevention.

The use of approved gloves, masks, cleaning, and hygiene products are encouraged and mandated in certain circumstances, and our facilities are disinfected regularly.  Sanitary measures are practiced daily, including, but not limited to social distancing, regular hand-washing and sanitizing, avoiding unnecessary touching of the face, elbow coughs or sneezes, restraining from physical contact including handshakes, restricting the sharing of items, and the use of proper masks, gloves, proximity barriers, and other hygienic items.

We are performing regularly scheduled check-ins with our staff. We have equipped employees to work remotely in all possible cases to comply with the recommended preventative defense of self-isolation. Anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and receive proper testing while following all instructions stated by their medical professional. Meetings are held remotely whenever feasible or limited to small spread-out groups (6 or more feet apart).  We have restricted any unnecessary business-related travel.

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How do I contact my Nueske’s Sales Representative?

You can contact your Nueske’s sales representative by referencing our map or by contacting our Sales Support Staff at (800) 382-2266 or

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May I sample Nueske’s products?

To obtain samples of the Nueske’s products that you’re interested in trying, please contact us or your Nueske’s distributor, if you have already been introduced.

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How do I find out which Nueske’s items have UPC codes and are retail-ready?

Please contact our Sales Support Staff at (800) 382-2266 or and we will provide you with a full list of Nueske’s retail-ready products with UPC codes

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What food shows will be Nueske’s be attending?

Check here for our list of upcoming industry shows and events.

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How do I obtain Nueske’s product for wholesale use?

If you do not currently have a distributor who carries Nueske’s, please contact our Sales Support Staff at (800) 382-2266 or and they can help you locate an appropriate Nueske’s distributor.

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There is a 6-digit number on my product package. What does it mean?

If you have a product that has a six-digit code printed on it, rather than a traditionally-formatted “Use By/Freeze By Date”, that 6-digit code is what is known as a Julian date.

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How do you read a Julian-dated product?

A Julian date is the date the product was packaged. Here is how to read a Julian date: Example 400023… the “400” at the beginning of “400023” indicates the year in which the product was produced, which, in this case, would be 2014 (500 would indicate 2015, 600 would indicate 2016, and so on).  The “023” portion of the “400023” indicates the day of the year on which the product was produced, which would be January 23rd, or the 23rd day of the year indicated in the first three digits.  Therefore, the day this product was produced is January 23rd, 2014.

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What is the shelf life on your products?

Product shelf life varies by product.  Please contact our Sales Support Staff at (800) 382-2266 or for complete shelf life information on individual products.

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Does Nueske’s sell products direct to customers?

No, Nueske’s products for foodservice and wholesale are offered only through our trusted distributors.  For distributor information for you area, please contact us. Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats are also available for personal use, across the U.S., by mail order at

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Does your bacon contain nitrites?

Our Applewood Smoked Bacon does contain a small amount of sodium nitrite.  The use of sodium nitrite or sodium nitrate is required by the USDA for a meat product to be considered cured.  Our Wild Cherrywood Smoked Bacon is labeled uncured due to USDA labeling requirements, but is also known as a “naturally cured” product.  Our Wild Cherrywood Smoked Bacon has no added nitrites or nitrates other than those occurring naturally from sea salt and celery juice.

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Are Nueske’s products wet or dry cured?

We use the Nueske family’s traditional brine recipe to wet cure our signature smoked meats.

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