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Thomas Foods International lands Angus Beef deal

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Australia’s Angus beef is set to hit the plates of many more consumers across the globe following an exclusive supply deal.

The country’s largest 100 percent Australian privately owned meat-processing company, Thomas Foods International and industry organisation Certified Angus Group (CAG) have signed an exclusive licensing deal to grow the national and international market for Angus beef.

From August 1, 2015, the brands CAAB (Certified Australian Angus Beef) and Angus Pure and Natural Beef will be produced under exclusive license to Thomas Foods International.

“This is a great opportunity to build on two established brands and expand sales of Angus beef to a global market hungry for premium meat,” Thomas Foods International chief executive officer Darren Thomas said.

“We see enormous potential to grow markets for Angus beef across Australia, the United States, Europe and Asia.

“We have a long standing and proud association with Angus beef. Capitalising on our established markets and distribution networks we can now take it to the next level.

“Under this arrangement with CAG we expect to increase our throughput of premium Angus beef four-fold over the first 12 months alone.

“Thomas Foods International has invested significantly in state-of-the-art processing facilities so we’re well placed to meet the market’s growing appetite for Angus beef.”

This recent investment includes a new $25 million beef boning facility at Murray Bridge and an upgraded feedlot at Tintinara, both in South Australia.

Thomas Foods International sources its Angus beef from farms across Australia. It is processed and packaged at facilities in South Australia and New South Wales with distribution hubs located at Adelaide, Coffs Harbour, Brisbane, Darwin and in the United States. Thomas Foods International has been a processing partner with CAG for eight years.

Chief executive officer of CAG Ms Kate Brabin said the landmark license for the brands is for five years to 2020 and represented a great deal for members of Angus Australia.

‘We are very excited about the future for our brands under exclusive license to Thomas Foods International,” Brabin said.

“The move to exclusivity on both brands presents a wonderful opportunity to further grow the brands domestically and in international markets. The future of the brands is in safe hands.”

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