Vicente Lopez, Jose Ceballos, Joe Martin, Gerardo Leal and Mike Pease.
Vicente Lopez, Jose Ceballos, Joe Martin, Gerardo Leal and Mike Pease.
Photo by Josue Rivas

On The Line: Joe Martin of Masterlink Sausage, Part Two

Masterlink products can be found at The Meat House in Brea, City Foods in Long Beach and directly from their factory in Fullerton. And they're constantly working on new products, like their new spice line. And fellas, the experimental meat flavor was awesome! Let us know when it hits the market.

Our favorite quote during our interview with Joe and Mike was the best piece of advice Joe's father gave him, "Always mold around other people's personalities. Don't have them adjust to me. I have to adjust to them." It helps, and it works.

Read our interview with Joe Martin of Masterlink Sausage, Part One.
And now, on to Part Two . . . .

Hardest lesson you've learned:
How to accept "No" in sales.

Do you ever get tired of sausage?
Noooooooooooo. 0%.

When you're not managing the plant, what are you doing?

I think about work constantly. I stay up late thinking of ideas on how to expand.

What's the largest order placed?
Over 100,000 pounds of a private label product.

Last thing you looked up online.
Vegas tickets. We're going for Final Four.

Last song playing on your radio:
Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay.

Where did you grow up?

What's your favorite childhood memory?
Coming to the factory and cooking racks of sausage with my Dad.

Have you experimented with any flavors that didn't work out?
We did a breakfast sausage for a chain that didn't work out. We also tried putting citric acid in the Greek sausage. That didn't work out, either.

Last movie watched.
Coneheads on Comedy Central. It's a classic.

Do you have any skills that are non-food related?
Pro-baseball ability.

What would you be doing if you weren't in this business?
Playing pro-baseball. Slappin' Derek Jeter.

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