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American Farmers Network Launches USDA Choice Graded Grass Fed Angus Beef Program

AFN becomes one of 1st companies to provide beef at scale to national retail chains, foodservice and 3rd-party brands
Marian Zboraj, Progressive Grocer
American Farmers Network's new program provides consumers with high-quality, sustainable beef products while supporting independent small family ranchers across the nation.

Domestic grass-fed beef company American Farmers Network (AFN) has unveiled its newest initiative: a USDA Choice graded line of antibiotic-free grass-fed Angus beef. 

According to AFN, the USDA Choice Grass Fed Beef Program is a testament to its dedication to meeting the growing demand for responsibly sourced, premium-quality beef. By implementing the USDA's rigorous grading system — which, for AFN, includes the USDA Select, Choice and limited USDA Prime designations — AFN ensures that consumers can confidently select products that meet their standards for taste, quality and sustainability. This grading process also provides valuable feedback to ranchers, enabling them to continually improve their practices and enhance the overall eating experience of their beef while maintaining rigorous beef-raising protocols.

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AFN is one of the first companies that can provide USDA Choice grass-fed Angus beef at scale to national retail chains, foodservice and third-party brands. 

"We are thrilled to introduce our USDA Choice graded Grass Fed Beef Program, which represents the culmination of years of dedication to sustainable agriculture and animal welfare," said Sanin Mirvic, CEO of Seattle-based AFN. "This program not only ensures the highest standards of quality and taste for consumers, but also supports our network of small family ranchers who are the backbone of our industry. Moreover, AFN's USDA Choice graded beef mimics the eating experience of its conventional counterpart while retaining all the other attributes that ensure the beef is sustainably raised on regenerative ranches without any antibiotics or growth hormones ever."

The ability to grade its carcasses further distinguishes AFN's grass-fed Angus beef as a premium product. By raising cattle without antibiotics or any growth stimulants, AFN still prioritizes animal welfare and environmental sustainability while also meeting the demands of consumers who seek great-tasting, clean, responsibly sourced meat options.

"Being the first large producer to offer USDA Choice grass-fed all-natural Angus beef that is entirely domestic, we hope to amplify our footprint throughout retail and white- tablecloth restaurants around the country," added Mirvic. 

Founded in 2002, AFN specializes in using sustainable and regenerative practices that prioritize the health and well-being of animals, the environment and the community. It works with an extensive network of independent family ranchers and provides raw materials to the vast majority of major CPG brands and retailers in the country. The company's grass-fed beef is also Certified Humane and Non-GMO Project Verified, as well as born, raised and processed in the U.S.A.

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