Sausage enjoys a prime place among various meat products. Major advancements in processing technology (rapid curing, hot processing, use of soluble spices and liquid smoke, computerization of smoke houses etc.) have enabled sausage makers to provide a consistent product to the consumer than in the past. Today, sausages are produced to add value, variety, unique taste and convenience. The unique taste of sausages comes largely from the particular seasoning, spice, fermenting, smoking and drying used to manufacture them. Meat loaves are also sausage products, but are not stuffed into casings.