Walmart is moving into the beef industry, with an aim of creating an “end-to-end supply chain for Angus beef.”
According to Walmart executives, the move to establish a beef supply chain is to meet customer demands for increased food transparency and improved food quality.
“As clean labels, traceability and transparency become more and more important to customers, we’ve made plans to enter into the beef industry creating an unmatched system that allows us to deliver consistent quality and value,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Meat, Walmart U.S. “By enlisting a number of best-in-class companies to take part in the supply chain, we’ll be able to provide customers with unprecedented quality, provide transparency throughout the supply chain and leverage the learnings we gain across our business.”
Currently, there are plans to sell a selection of Angus beef cuts in 500 Walmart stores throughout the Southeast United States.
To meet the demands of creating the beef supply chain, over 250 jobs will be created at Creekstone Farms in Kansas, which serves as a beef processing facility. Another 200 jobs will be created in Georgia at a case-ready facility operated by FPL Food.
In 2018, there were 913,246 total cattle and calf operations in the U.S. according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Of this total, 727,906 were beef farms and ranches.