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The AB STAR commitment is built on four fundamental principles: Sustainability, Total Quality, Animal Well-Being, and Responsibility.

Agri Beef Co. believes that promoting Sustainability in all of its operations is critical to everyone’s future. Not only does the company recognize that it has an environmental responsibility to sustain and protect its own natural resources, but it is on the forefront of industry efforts to reduce its overall carbon footprint through aggressive local crop sourcing and an efficient composting program. Returning nutrients to the earth enriches the soil and simultaneously provides economic benefits to the producing farmers.

Beginning as ranchers themselves, the Rebholtz family also recognizes the critical need of supporting the long-term sustainability of the family farms and ranches remaining in the Northwest. By providing strong regional economic opportunities, it is the goal of the company to keep the industry healthy and viable and this traditional way of life alive for future generations.

A Total Quality philosophy is implemented throughout Agri Beef’s sustainable beef production model. Agri Beef Co. is the first beef company in North America that has withstood the rigorous scrutiny of the International Organization of Standards (ISO) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) in every step of its beef supply chain. In addition, Agri Beef Co.’s Washington Beef processing facility is federally inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and has Food Safety System 22000 Certification (FSSC 22000:2010), which makes the facility compliant with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognizing food safety practices at the highest level.

A respect for Animal Well-Being is a core principle for everyone at Agri Beef, and its affiliated companies adhere to strict animal welfare policies ensuring proper care and handling of all animals throughout its supply chain. These high standards were developed in collaboration with leading industry experts like Dr. Temple Grandin, and are documented and continually updated to reflect the most proactive policies.

Agri Beef Co. feels a strong Responsibility to its employees and to the people in the communities in which it operates. Safety, health and education are the cornerstones of its human resource programs and Agri Beef actively contributes to local organizations that assist children, support agriculture and fight hunger. Agri Beef has donated substantial resources to local food banks towards this cause and is a founding member of the NW “Beef Counts”* program.

*For more detailed information about Beef Counts, please visit www.beefcounts.org