Customers, cattlemen and the entire beef industry are reaping the rewards of the close relationship between Teys Australia and Woolworths, which is delivering better quality meat through the adoption of new and innovative technology.
Teys Australia has been in business with Woolworths since 1993, supplying in excess of 230,000 head of cattle equivalent per year, or 60 semi-trailers of beef per week.
The meat processing company came into being in 2011 after a 50/50 merger between Cargill Beef Australia and Teys Bros.
This strategic partnership has grown the companies Woolworths business from $1million per annum in 1993 to in excess of $380 million.
With processing plants along the east coast, including in Wagga and Tamworth, Teys Australia Spokesman Andrew MacPherson says they are well placed to supply excellent quality to Woolworths’ customers.
“We have really built our company around Woolworths’ quality guidelines, so that we are both working towards the same goal, Andrew said.
“The shared mindset means Woolworths and Teys Australia can work together to achieve maximum tenderness, juiciness and flavour in the beef provided to consumers.
Andrew says a recent example is the implementation of Meat Standards Australia (MSA) to underpin Woolworths’ quality promise.
MSA is the result of industry-funded research which has identified the factors behind the eating quality of red meat.
“MSA is using world’s best science in determining the best ways to deliver tenderness, juiciness and flavour, be they different ways of processing the meat, genetics or feed related, Andrew said.
Woolworths Meat Processing Manager Rodney Minett says the MSA logo delivers an eating guarantee to customers and identifies that specific cuts have been graded to meet high standards for tenderness, juiciness and flavour.
“Woolworths has recently adopted the MSA grading system for its beef in all stores. This ensures a consistent eating experience for our customers, Rodney said.
“Our close relationship with Teys has been rewarding for our customers through development of these quality assurance programmes, as well as for the beef communities and towns in which Woolworths and Teys operate, he said.
Teys Australia processing plants are typically located near the cattle communities which are supplying Woolworths. Andrew McPherson says this not only minimises freight costs, it is also optimal for animal welfare and builds relationships in the communities in which the company operates.
“Using our facility in Wagga as an example, it supports approximately 1200 employees, generates almost $88million in household income and contributes $130million in gross regional product for the towns in which we operate, he said.
“For a plant like Wagga this represents almost 5% of Wagga’s total Full Time Equivalent employment and 4% of its gross regional product.
“This wouldn’t be possible without Woolworths. Their support of our business and its associated supply chain businesses, coupled with our work to support beef farmers is indicative of the lengths Woolworths and Teys go to in order to supply the best beef to Australian consumers.
Andrew says the on-going support of Woolworths is critical to the health of the Australian beef industry.
“They are committed to long-term sustainable strategic partnerships, which encourages sensible investment and decision-making, he said.
“Constant evolution and work with suppliers is continuing the Woolworths commitment to deliver unparalleled value to the consumer.
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