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OUR STORY


OUR STORY

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OUR STORY


OUR STORY

A MAN, SOME RABBITS & A FORD ESCORT

Nicky USA is the premier wholesale butcher & purveyor of specialty game & high quality meats in the Northwest. This year we are celebrating our 27th year in business. Owner Geoff Latham, a graduate of Oregon State University's Agricultural Business Management School, founded the business in 1990 and started out by selling rabbits from the back of his Ford Escort hatchback to a few eager chefs. Some of our earliest supporters included Philippe Boulot, Cathy Whims, Vitaly Paley and Greg Higgins, chefs who were all leaders in the local, seasonal farm to fork Northwest food movement.  

We now have a team of 60 employees, including a full service USDA butchery & processing facility, and carry over 1000 items & cuts curated for the most discerning chef, food service and retail customers. While we still take great pride in the specialty game that we sell, we are a full-service meat distributor with great lines of beef, pork, chicken and lamb. In many cases we have multiple offerings of these items to suit any menu option and price point.

 
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"Our goal is to provide the finest sustainably raised specialty game & high quality meats available to our customers. In doing so, we also strive to enhance the public's culinary education & excite their palates with exclusive and exceptional offerings. By sourcing and raising meats of such quality, we feel that we are not only helping to care for the land that sustains us, but furthermore, helping chefs & epicureans come as close to the farm as possible."
-Geoff Latham, Founder & President Nicky USA

25th Anniversary Video

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OUR PHILOSOPHY


OUR PHILOSOPHY

OUR PHILOSOPHY


OUR PHILOSOPHY

WHAT SETS NICKY USA APART

It's really simple. At Nicky USA we sell meat. So do a lot of other companies. Our customers tell us they choose Nicky USA because:

  • We have the most diverse and interesting selection of product at fair prices.
  • We still bring in whole animals from local farms and ranches to breakdown in-house and are able to offer custom and unique butchery options.
  • We offer the best customer service and are flexible in meeting the needs of our clients.
  • We take an active interest in our customers' causes, concerns, and community values. What is important to you is  important to us. We get involved and work with our chefs, restaurant, retail and industry partners to support our communities.
  • We put on (and take part in) the best events in the industry to showcase our products as well as our talented chef and food service industry customers. When you shine, we shine.

Our clients range from the smallest neighborhood bistros to large institutions, and despite the great difference in the size of our clients, they are all equally important to Nicky USA. Every client is treated with the same level of excellence throughout every facet of our business from taking orders all the way through delivery.

For 27 years and counting, Nicky USA has the products, the people and the passion to help your business succeed – guaranteed.

In addition to wholesale orders, Nicky USA is open to the public with a $125 minimum order.

 
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“I use Nicky’s products and I stand behind Nicky’s products. I know they have my back and they know I have theirs. I feel blessed that I have Nicky as my neighbor here in Portland, Oregon to work with every day.
— Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon
 
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OUR STAFF


OUR STAFF

OUR STAFF


OUR STAFF

PUTTING THE TEAM IN MEAT

It takes a team of dedicated, hard-working, and experienced people to run Nicky USA. We are grateful that we have an exceptional workforce in every department of our company. Our staff is our number one resource at Nicky USA and the key to our success.

We maintain our own USDA processing and production facility as part of our main warehouse in Portland, OR. Our Plant Manager/Master Butcher and his skilled staff can custom cut a wide range of meats to meet the needs of our clients. Having a processing facility in-house also gives us the flexibility to better serve our customers and the ability to make quick changes to the production schedule if necessary.

Our sales staff is dedicated to providing professional service tailored to meet your needs. We understand that food service and restaurants are fast-paced environments & menus change often, in fact many of our sales people come from a restaurant & culinary background making them ideal for helping you find the right product for your kitchen.

Using the latest in inventory & invoicing management software, our warehouse and delivery staff is able to pull your order with increased efficiency. We strive to process your order quickly & deliver it accurately so you have more time in the kitchen and not on the phone.

“I’ve always had great relationships with everybody at Nicky and they are always there when I need them.” 
— Tony Meyers, Serratto

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT


COMMUNITY SUPPORT

COMMUNITY SUPPORT


COMMUNITY SUPPORT

MORE THAN A MEAT COMPANY

While selling meat is our primary business at Nicky USA, we also strive to reach beyond the traditional sales relationship with our customers & community. We actively support and promote our chef, industry and retail partners at numerous events and fund-raisers including the annual Wetlands & Wellies event  benefiting The Wetlands Conservancy and the raffle at our signature event, Wild About Game. We have also taught butchery classes and supported culinary programs for youth groups to promote careers in the food industry.

We are proud to work with Growing Gardens as our cornerstone non-profit partner to support their mission to reduce hunger and transform lives through gardening and growing your own food. We have worked to raise funds and awareness for this great organization through various methods including in-kind meat donations, their Chef in my Garden dinner series, and our Chef Beer Series with Gilgamesh Brewing. In 2017, with the support of generous restaurant, retail and vendor partners we have helped raised over $10,000 for Growing Gardens. 

We also sponsor the Fare Start program in Seattle, an organization that works for a real solution to some of our society's most pressing challenges—homelessness, joblessness, poverty and hunger. They help people transform their lives, create value for the community, and offer a way for everyone to play a role doing something that matters.

Nicky USA is also proud to support High Performance Rugby and Rugby Oregon. The mission of High Performance Rugby to continue to improve players’ skills and achieve excellence matches perfectly with our company’s goals to continually strive to be leaders in our industry.

Nicky USA owner Geoff Latham has been involved with rugby since his college days when he played with the club team at Oregon State and has always championed the growth and advancement of the sport. Both of his sons share his passion for the sport, and his youngest son is now involved with Rugby Oregon and Geoff is active in coaching his team. At Nicky USA we believe rugby exemplifies the best values of sport & life - teamwork, honor, integrity, strength, service, and family. We look forward to a long partnership with Rugby Oregon and helping to support and grow a sport we love.