Cargill to distribute Australian grass- and grain-fed beef in U.S.

Cargill Food Distribution has partnered with beef processor Teys Australia to provide Australian beef from grass- and grain-fed cattle to the U.S. market, according to a Cargill statement Sept. 30.

Teys’ beef will be distributed through Cargill Food’s nine U.S. distribution centres. Teys manages six accredited export beef-processing plants, two feedlots and is a leading exporter of Australian beef to the United States, the statement said.

“We have a long-standing business relationship with the Teys family, and believe Americans will embrace their company’s beef products when they have an opportunity to try them,” said John Neimann, president of Wichita-based Cargill Food Distribution.

Teys Australia is a 50-50 joint venture between the Teys family and Cargill Inc., the third-largest meat processor in the United States, according to the company’s website.

The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture import data showed Australia was the second-largest exporter of beef and veal to the United States, at 356.0 million lbs. from January to July, compared with 397.8 million a year ago for the same period, when it was the top exporter.

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