Wal-Mart Switches to Angus Beef
At no extra cost to consumers, retail giant Wal-Mart has transitioned all of its meat to certified Angus cuts just in time for the summer. Wal-Mart has been working with Tyson Foods Inc. and Cargill Inc. to secure these Angus steaks and roasts according to Scott Neal, Wal-Mart’s senior vice president of meat, seafood, and quality control.
These higher-quality cuts have been available since Wal-Mart made the upgrade back in March, however, they have yet to announce or advertise the switch. This change comes as stores like Aldi are expanding aggressively and Amazon announced its buyout of Whole Foods Markets Inc. which is sure to change the grocery market.
Demand for Angus beef has increased dramatically in recent years due to the tender, marbled cuts providing a quality that consumers desire. Fast food giants McDonalds, Burger King, and Hardee’s all offer quality Angus beef in select burgers.
This change does not include Wal-Mart’s ground beef which still contains non-Angus beef; however, all whole-muscle beef product is affected by this upgrade. Kevin Good, a researcher with CattleFax in Centennial, Colorado says Wal-Mart created more demand and competition for choice cuts.