Chefs, grocers, hotels and consumers can order wild Hawaiian venison, a healthy protein for consumers from the Hawaiian Island and Nicky USA
PORTLAND, Ore. (August 26, 2020) – Thirty-year-old family-owned and operated Nicky USA, the Pacific Northwest’s leading butcher and purveyor of high quality meats and specialty game, is excited to announce its role as Maui Nui’s brand ambassador. After a six-year partnership between Nicky USA and Maui Nui, chefs, grocers, hotels, and consumers across the country can now order wild Hawaiian venison in a variety of cuts. To place an order email [email protected]. For questions, call Nicky USA at (503) 234-4263.
“Six years ago Maui Nui founder Jake Muise introduced me to wild Hawaiian venison as a great source of protein, and shared the monumental impact this program would have on Hawaii’s ecosystem,” says Nicky USA founder and owner Geoff Latham. “Inspired, we spent the last six years developing the foundation for our national program to spread the word, and place Maui Nui venison in stores and restaurants across the country. This year Nicky USA committed to processing a minimum of 200,000 lbs of Maui Nui venison annually, and we are honored in our role as the primary processing partner and brand ambassador.”
Maui Nui is the only wild red meat brand that harvests under stress-free conditions and leaves the environment better than they found it.
WHY MAUI NUI VENISON?
Conservation: Maui Nui Venison exists to balance the Axis deer populations in order to protect Hawaii’s vulnerable ecosystems and help build more resilient food systems. Because Axis deer are an invasive species, they threaten to overrun Hawaii’s native plants and animals. As native groundcover disappears, soil erodes into the ocean and threatens the fragile ecosystems of nearby reefs. To see the impact of Maui Nui’s conservation efforts, watch Hawai’i’s Axis Deer – From Invasive Species to Food Source.
Humane Harvesting: Maui Nui is an innovative company that started as a solution, rather than a business. By humanely sourcing Maui’s invasive Axis deer under stress-free conditions, Maui Nui is helping to simultaneously alleviate the impact deer have on Hawaii’s beautiful and vulnerable ecosystems while unlocking a delicious, high-quality food source during a time where nutritious red meat is in high demand. Maui Nui never baits, corrals, or pens the deer. They harvest wild deer at night using infrared technology so that the animal is never in stress. USDA inspections at the time of harvest ensure that all of their meat is 100% safe.
Community: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maui Nui launched their Holo ʻAi program, which donated more than 45,000 meals to local communities who needed it most. Through the support of their amazing partners and loyal customers, the program will continue indefinitely.
By choosing to eat wild Axis deer in the form of Maui Nui’s fresh venison—which is now available nationwide through their partnership with Nicky USA—in addition to their cured snacks, customers are directly supporting their mission.
MAUI NUI PRODUCT LIST
- Ground Venison
- Frenched Rib Rack
- Leg Medallions
- Osso Bucco
- Maui Nui original jerky sticks
- Maui Nui peppered jerky bar
- Dean & Deluca
- Ritz Carlton, Colorado
- Farmhouse Cafe, Honolulu, HI
- Skal Beer Hall, Ballard, WA
- Napua at Maua Lani Beach Club, Kona, HI
ABOUT NICKY USA
Founded in 1990, Nicky USA is the Pacific Northwest’s leading butcher and purveyor of high quality meats and specialty game. The family-owned and operated Portland-based company has forged relationships with local, national and international ranchers, as well as James Beard Award winning chefs in an effort to make game a mainstay of specialty markets and fine restaurants. Aside from selling specialty game and high quality meats, Nicky USA hosts Wild About Game, an annual head-to-head cooking competition and the meatiest culinary celebration in the Northwest, featuring the best rising star chefs in the region. Nicky USA expanded in 2013 with a second location in Seattle. Orders for either location can be made by calling 1.800.469.4162. For more information, visit www.nickyusa.com. Follow @nickyusa on Twitter and Facebook, and @nicky.usa on Instagram, as well as #NickyFarms on all channels. To learn more about Nicky USA and Nicky Farms, view the 25th anniversary video here.