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Agri Beef Co. adds ground beef processing facility

March 22, 2013
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Agri Beef Co., producer of premium Northwest beef brands Snake River Farms, Double R Ranch and St. Helens, has expanded its Washington Beef processing facility in Toppenish, Wash., to include a grind operation. The new grind facility is co-located with the company’s beef production facility for efficiency. Agri Beef will now grind its own retail ground beef rolls (also known as ground beef chubs), bulk ground beef rolls and bulk ground beef patties.

The Northwest location of the combined facility allows for ease of frequent deliveries and consistent supply. It will also ensure shorter lead times and a fresher product with faster turnaround for increased shelf life. The new grind facility includes a two step metal detection process and spiral freezer.

“Agri Beef’s investment in the new grind operation allows us to offer complete production for our brands and fulfill our commitment to efficient supply chain management,” said executive director of marketing, Jay Theiler. “Many of our customers requested that we offer Agri Beef produced grinds and we are proud to fulfill that request. We know that retail and foodservice customers will find our ground beef rolls and patties consistent with Agri Beef’s commitment to high quality.”

Retail Ground Beef: Agri Beef’s retail ground beef rolls (chubs) are available in one and three pound packages under the St. Helens and Double R Ranch brands. The individual packaging features a one inch clear window for the customer to see the product. The retail rolls are available in 90, 85, 80 and 75 percent lean points.

Bulk Ground Beef: Agri Beef’s bulk rolls come in five and ten-pound increments and in fine and coarse grind textures. The bulk rolls are available in 93, 85, 80 and 75 percent lean points. Agri Beef also produces a Snake River Farms American-Style Kobe ground beef five-pound roll with a lean point of 75 percent.

Agri Beef’s ground beef rolls are sold fresh but can be shipped frozen upon request.

Patties: Agri Beef’s frozen beef patties are available in bulk ten-pound boxes. Patties range in size from 1/4 pound to 1/2 pound. The patties are offered from the St. Helens Premium Angus Beef, Double R Ranch and Snake River Farms brands. The St. Helens and Double R Ranch patties are 80 percent lean and the Snake River Farms patties are 75 percent lean. Agri Beef also makes a patty for foodservice made from 75 percent regular ground beef and 25 percent American-Style Kobe beef.

Agri Beef’s grind is 100 percent ground beef. The company does not use added fillers such as lean finely textured beef (LFTB).

Source: Agri Beef Co.

Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief, visited Agri Beef’s Washington Beef processing facility in late 2012, where he learned first-hand about the new grinding operation as it was “in the works”…read more about Hanacek’s visit to Agri Beef by clicking here: http://www.provisioneronline.com/articles/98687-agri-beefs-star-studded-growth

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