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Demand for sustainable beef is outstripping supply.

Cargill looking for cow-calf operators for sustainable beef program

Meat Packers: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cargill has declared its sustainable beef pilot program a success and is now looking at long-term strategies for the program, Joel Crews of Meat + Poultry reports. Demand is outpacing supply in Cargill’s Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration program, the company says. The program is now looking for more producers, particularly cow-calf producers, to join. To […] Read more

Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell from McDonald’s Canada, Jennifer Lambert of Loblaws, Carl Dean of Cactus Club Restaurants and Heather Tansey of Cargill with moderator Crystal Mackay of the Centre for Food Integrity brought their message on selling sustainable beef to the Roundtable annual meeting in Calgary.

Better communication needed to sell consumers on sustainably raised beef

Misconceptions and false information about the beef industry further complicates what consumers know about beef production

When you make your living in the cattle business, it’s difficult to imagine what the beef industry looks like from an outside perspective. This gap is a challenge when trying to gain a true sense of consumer perceptions of beef production. “One of the phrases I really like is that you can’t see the label […] Read more


The newly unveiled Canadian sustainable beef logo.

Canadian sustainable beef logo now available

Marketing: News Roundup from the Oct. 22 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A new logo will help Canadian consumers identify a beef product produced under certified sustainable standards. The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) officially launched its certification marks and the accompanying Communications, Claims and Labelling Guide on September 20 at its annual general meeting in Calgary. The marks and claims will be used in the […] Read more

Food consumers increasingly want to know how their food is produced, how animals are cared for, and want guarantees that beef is safe and has been produced in a sustainable way.

Tyson leads transparency push on beef production

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Consumers in the U.S. and Canada increasingly want to know how their food is produced. As far as beef is concerned, they want to know how animals are cared for, they want guarantees that beef is safe and that it has been produced in an environmentally sustainable way. Until now, the beef industries in both […] Read more


CBSA pilot shows steady third-quarter growth

Sustainability: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Third-quarter results from the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) pilot prove that this program is steadily increasing its supply of sustainably raised beef. Cargill recently announced that the CBSA pilot’s third quarter saw the production of more than one million pounds of beef sourced from certified sustainable producers. This is nearly double the initial volume […] Read more

The sustainability pilot has generated a lot of interest with buyers of beef.

Cattle producers can now take beef sustainability to the bank

Raising ‘certified sustainable’ beef earns producers a premium and McDonald’s is going all in

Four years after McDonald’s chose Canada to launch its landmark sustainable beef initiative, some producers and feedlots are happily cashing cheques for participating in that effort. And while the amounts so far have been fairly small, it’s a big plus for producers, say participants. “We started on that journey because we thought it was important […] Read more


Sustainable beef pilot passes first-quarter mark

The packer behind the pilot of a Canadian value chain for certified sustainable beef says its first three months are proof the model is scalable as well as functional. The pilot’s first quarter “proved that a significant volume of beef can be successfully traced through a certified supply chain for the participating customers,” Gurneesh Bhandal, […] Read more

Certified Sustainable Beef

The framework that puts oomph behind the words

The Certified Sustainable Beef Frame­­work released December 7 by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is the set of documents that Canadian beef producers and primary processors will be able to follow to prove their operations are sustainable, chart improvement through the years, and help consumers sort out questions about sustainability. Backing up a […] Read more


CCA Report: More access to China

From the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It took two trips to Beijing for Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) vice-president David Haywood-Farmer in late 2017, but it paid off with Prime Minister Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announcing expanded access for Canadian beef on December 4. On the first trip, the CCA participated in the Beijing portion of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister […] Read more

Public input sought on sustainable beef indicators

Ranchers, consumers and others who have thoughts on how beef and its cattle should be sustainably produced in Canada are asked to speak up again, this time by early November at the latest. The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB), in the midst of developing a Verified Sustainable Beef Framework, has released its new draft […] Read more