Meat+Poultry - July 2018 - ground beef - 22
G R O U ND BE E F TR END S
Creekstone Farms caters to
those looking for an edge
By Bob Sims
bs im s @s o sl a n d .c o m
2018 GROUND BEEF TRENDS + TECHNOLOGY MEAT+ POULTRY
Arkansas City, Kansasbased Creekstone
Farms offers customers
unique and customized
ground beef programs.
reekstone Farms' ground beef programs
come in any shape and size that customers might ask for. True Black Angus beef
with genetics developed over 20-plus
years make Creekstone Farms a go-to
for those who prefer a differentiator(s)
to offer customers. In addition to genetics and highly customizable programs, Creekstone
makes its ground beef products from in-house trim.
It all comes from the premium beef Creekstone
produces at its Arkansas City, Kansas-based plant
and contains no fillers or ingredients brought in
from outside the facility. It's a completely closed
loop; no outside raw material is used.
Creekstone collects the whole muscle trim from
fabrication and tests it for five different kinds of E.
coli before grinding. Once the test-and-hold results
come back negative, the trim goes through two
grinds: a coarse followed by the final. But before
moving to the final grind, blenders chill the beef
with a shot of CO2. A technician then tests the
lean-to-fat ratio and runs the meat through another
grind to adjust if necessary.
Creekstone runs two ground beef lines, one
for retail and one for foodservice. The 100
percent Black Angus does not contain antibiotics, hormones and is available through the
company's premium, natural and non-GMO
programs. Ground beef comes in 5- and 10-lb.
chubs, fresh and frozen burgers - offered in
round patties or homestyle shapes with the
appearance of a hand-formed burger - and caseready patties and loaves. Creekstone also offers
individually quick frozen (IQF) patties for the
retail freezer. Retail IQF patties come in the
homestyle shape and carry a shelf life of one
year from the date of production.