Walmart is starting the new year off strong, with both a new meat supply chain and a complementary new facility. The official opening of its 201,000-square-foot case-ready facility, which will service the retail giant’s Angus beef supply chain, is located in Thomasville, Georgia and expected to bring 200+ jobs to The Peach State.
“Our new Angus beef supply chain is a perfect example of Walmart’s dedication to bringing customers high-quality food at a great price,” said Scott Neal, Senior Vice President, Meat, Walmart U.S. “By enlisting a number of top companies to take part in our Angus beef supply chain, including FLP foods, which operates the facility...we’ll be able to provide customers with unprecedented transparency throughout the supply chain and leverage the learning we gain across our business.”
The state-of-the-art facility, which is operated by FPL Foods, is part of Walmart’s newly created end-to-end Angus beef supply chain and, as such, will distribute a selection of Angus beef cuts, like steaks and roasts from this supply chain to 500 Walmart stores in the southeast.
The supply chain includes best-in-class suppliers like Texas rancher Bob McClaren of Prime Pursuits—who is helping source cattle from raised on family farms and ranches—Mc6 Cattle Feeders on feed, and Creekstone Farms on processing, according to a press release—all of which are furthering Walmart’s goal of enhancing the quality of its food offerings, with the meat department at the forefront of this effort.
In conjunction with the opening of this facility, Walmart has awarded a $7,500 grant to Georgia Wildlife Federation, a $2,500 in grant to the Thomasville Police Force and a $2,500 in grant to Second Harvest of South Georgia.
In Georgia alone, Walmart operates 211 retail units and seven distribution centers and employs more than 62,000 associates.
As retailers continue to join the mission of improving the quality of our industry’s food offerings, Deli Market News will continue to report on the latest happenings.