Walmart opens facility to support Angus beef supply
Walmart is bolstering its beef supply chain and private label meat offerings in the southeast. The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer just opened a 201,000-square-foot case-ready facility in Thomasville, Ga., to distribute Angus beef steaks and roasts to be sold under its private brand line.
The beef cuts will be sold in 500 Walmart stores in such states as Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The new facility will be operated by FLP Foods based in Augusta, Ga.
“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 of meat for 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’re proud to open today, we’ll be able to provide customers with unprecedented transparency throughout the supply chain and leverage the learning we gain across our business.”
Construction began on the facility in August 2018 and the finished location is expected to bring more than 200 jobs to the Georgia region. In addition to FLP Foods, Walmart is also working with ranchers and suppliers for its Angus beef supply chain, including Prime Pursuits in Texas, which is helping source cattle from family farms and ranches. They’re also working with the company Mc6 Cattle Feeders for feed and Creekstone Farms on processing.
Walmart employs more than 62,000 associates across Georgia’s 211 retail units and seven distribution centers in the state. Walmart is also proud to support local businesses in Georgia, spending $20 billion with Georgian suppliers in the retailer’s fiscal year ending in 2019, which supported nearly 136,844 supplier jobs.