Founded 1917 as a wholesale butcher shop specializing in the sale of premium beef to restaurants and hotels, Lincoln, Neb.-based Omaha Steaks has evolved into the nation’s largest direct-response marketer of premium beef and gourmet foods.

Omaha Steaks products were introduced across the U.S. in the 1940s by being served on Union Pacific luxury passenger trains. The company entered the mail-order business in the 1950s and in the 1970s began offering toll-free telephone ordering and operating retail stores.

Omaha Steaks in 1990 became one of the first organizations to sell its products online and in 1995 launched the Web site. Company areas also include foodservice, special markets (incentive and business-to-business) and tele-sales.

A member of the American Meat Institute since 1936, Omaha Steaks reports that it “has come to depend on the AMI to provide important research information, as well as updates concerning regulatory and legislative issues that could potentially affect our operations.

“We applaud the important role the AMI plays in serving as a strong and powerful advocate and influential voice for the entire meat industry. We look forward to our continuing relationship with the AMI and the outstanding team of professionals who support the organization’s efforts.”

Omaha Steaks is owned by the fourth and fifth generations of the Simon Family of Omaha.

Alan Simon, Chairman of the Board
Bruce Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer
Fred Simon, Executive Vice President
Todd Simon, Senior Vice President

Steaks and filet mignons are signature items. Omaha Steaks also offers a complete line of assorted red meats, pork, seafood, poultry, side dishes, appetizers and desserts.

Processing capabilities
All steaks are aged, hand-trimmed, vacuum-sealed and flash-frozen to ensure freshness. The entire product line is portion-controlled to enable customers to get preferred sizes. Omaha Steaks also will custom cut special order steaks and roasts to exact customer specifications.

Products are available nationwide. Orders are shipped direct from the distribution center in Omaha. Customers also can purchase items at more than 80 company-owned stores across the U.S.