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National Beef Packing Company LLC
Industry Food processing
Headquarters Kansas City, United States
Key people
Tim Klein, (President & CEO)
Products Beef
RevenueIncrease US$ 7.3 billion (2017)
Number of employees
Parent Marfrig (51%)

National Beef is a beef processor headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, that produces fresh, chilled and further processed beef and beef by-products for customers worldwide. The company’s main focuses include branded box beef, consumer ready beef, portion control beef and wet blue leather. [1]


  • 1992 – Senior management team and Farmland Industries purchased Dodge City location. [2] National Beef is formed. [3]
  • 1993 – National Beef purchased the Liberal location and renamed it Farmland National Beef LLC. [4]
  • 1997 – U.S. Premium Beef Ltd purchased a minority interest in National Beef. The company became jointly owned by Farmland Industries and U.S. Premium Beef Ltd. National Beef purchased a majority interest in the Kansas City Steak Company. [5]
  • 2001 – National Beef begins consumer ready production at the Hummels Wharf, Pennsylvania and Moultrie, Georgia plants. [4]
  • 2003 – National Beef Packing Co. LLC formed after U.S. Premium Beef Ltd purchased a majority interest along with a management group and Beef Products Inc. as minority investors. National Beef becomes the fourth largest U.S. beef processor. [6]
  • 2006 – National Beef acquired Brawley Beef, LLC in Brawley, California. The Brawley plant was built in 2001 and could process more than 400,000 cattle per year. National Beef stated the purchase would allow them to create new relationships with producers and expand their presence in the western U.S. [7]
  • 2009 – National Beef acquired the Prime Tanning facility in St. Joseph, Missouri to form National Beef Leathers LLC. After the acquisition, the company said it would allow them to add significant value to the hides produced in their beef processing facilities. [8]
  • 2011 – Leucadia National Corporation purchased a majority stake in National Beef Packing Company. [9]
  • 2014 – Brawley plant closed. [10]
  • 2016 - National Beef announced plans to expand handling and shipping capacities to its Dodge City and Liberal, Kansas facilities. [11] [12]
  • 2018 - Brazil’s Marfrig purchased a 51 percent majority stake in the company in April for $969 million. [13]

Sales & Operations

National Beef is the nation’s fourth largest beef processor with sales exceeding $7 billion annually. [14] National Beef products are available to national and regional retailers, including supermarket chains, independent grocers, club stores, wholesalers and distributors, foodservice providers and distributors, further processors and the U.S. military. [15] U.S. operations include Liberal, Dodge City [16] and Kansas City, Kansas; Hummels Wharf, Pennsylvania; Moultrie, Georgia and St. Joseph, Missouri; with corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. [17] National Beef maintains international offices in Chicago, Illinois; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and Hong Kong. [18]


Boxed Beef

National Beef is a processor and supplier of fresh, chilled and further processed beef for customers worldwide. Beef processing facilities are located in Liberal and Dodge City, Kansas. [4]

Consumer Ready

Pre-trimmed product is sourced from beef processing facilities in Liberal and Dodge City, Kansas and then shipped to consumer ready facilities in Hummels Wharf, Pennsylvania and Moultrie, Georgia where overwrap and vacuum-sealed packaging are used on a variety of cuts for retail channels. [14]

Branded Box Beef

National Beef has a variety of programs for a variety of beef needs including natural, Angus brands, and specialty brands such as Black Canyon Angus Beef, NatureSource Natural Beef and Certified Premium Beef. [4]

Portion Control Beef

National Beef owns Kansas City Steak Company that sells portioned beef to the foodservice and retail channels as well as to consumers through the Internet and direct mail. [19]

Wet Blue Leather

National Beef operates the largest wet blue tannery in the world. [2] Wet blue tanning refers to the first step in processing raw and brine-cured hides into tanned leather. From this facility in St. Joseph, Missouri, National Beef provides processed hides to finished leather processors worldwide for use in the automotive, luxury goods, apparel and furniture industries.

Food Safety

National Beef uses the BioLogic Food Safety System, a fully integrated system that includes training employees, interventions, a zone system and control and assessment functions. [4] The company has also adopted the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audit criteria, a set of international food safety and quality standards. National Beef achieved accreditation through third party auditing by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). [4]

Philanthropy & Community Involvement

National Beef has donated or supported organizations in the communities where their business resides. They are a Community Partner to Lyric Opera of Kansas City, [20] a donor to Kansas Children’s Service League, [21] and a 2014 Sponsor of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)—an organization that provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources to those who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. [22] The company also supported military troops by sponsoring food for a “Saluting Our Troops” event in Dodge City, Kansas. [23] National Beef and its employees participate in United Way campaigns in both Seward County, Kansas and Moultrie, Georgia through donations and food sponsorships., [24] [25] [26]


Between the years of 1991 and 1994, several accidental and unrelated employee deaths occurred. The company faced legal prosecution and the cases were resolved in settlements. [27] [28] [29]


In June 2013, the company recalled nearly 23,000 pounds of ground beef for a possible E. coli contamination.

On August 1, 2013, the company recalled 50,000 pounds of ground beef products because of possible E. coli contamination. [30] All recalls were voluntary, and no illnesses were reported. [31] [32]


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