Walmartâ€™s first foray into the beef industry follows a nationwide trend toward transparency in the food supply chain. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based behemoth announced plans to source much of the Black Angus cuts it sells in 500 stores across the Southeast directly from ranches. â€œAs clean labels, traceability, and transparency become more and more important to customers, weâ€™ve made plans to enter into the beef industry, creating an unmatched system that allows us to deliver consistent quality and value,â€ said Walmartâ€™s Scott Neal. The move will spur the creation of 250 new jobs at Creekstone Farmsâ€™ beef processing plant in Kansas with 200 additional new positions in Georgia at a case-ready facility. â€œThis will provide many opportunities for the agriculture community to include farmers, ranchers, and cattlemen alike,â€ said Francois Leger, president and CEO of FPL Food, tapped to run the Georgia facility.
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