Hi there, I'm Kate and WELCOME to Great U.S. Beef Jerky! It all started with a love of the outdoors. To be outdoors in the fresh air, wide open spaces and around animals was and still is, my happy place. From riding horses on the beach and on the ranch, surfing near the Pismo pier, tending to livestock and taking care of farm chores all day to exploring the mountains of Colorado, breathing in that heavenly scent of pine, hiking the scenic trails of RMNP and feeling the thrill of white water rafting down the Poudre river, there’s no better place to be than OUTSIDE.
And when you are outside this much and are this active, you get real hungry. How hungry??? Like, so hungry you could eat a horse….but since we DON’T eat horses around here, it’s more like hungry like the wolf… if you’re into that 80’s kinda vibe.
Now, I didn’t always get to be outside. I had to work for a living and I proudly still do. During my professional career in the meat business I have held positions in both sales and merchandising where I worked long days INSIDE, in a cubicle, at a desk with many a day that starts before dawn and ends after dark. And oh by the way, while office work may not be physically active it sure can be extremely mentally active and since the human brain can use 20% or more of the daily calories you consume, I made sure to keep plenty of beef jerky rations on hand at my desk.
The meat business is big and complex and it’s fast paced and demanding. I’ve worked for both Cargill & JBS (two of the big four beef packers) selling boxed beef all across the Western U.S. I’ve also worked for one of their biggest customers, a Sysco specialty meat company that specializes in selling premium beef to the finest restaurants and steakhouses in the West working as a beef buyer and inventory manager. Through all of this experience I’ve bought and sold hundreds of loads of beef, I’ve toured through 4 beef packing plants and one pork plant, I’ve visited feedlots and custom feeding operations, cattle ranches, a family dairy farm, stockyards and livestock shows. I loved the beef business and animal agriculture so much that I earned a degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and starting back in high school I was heavily involved in the FFA (Future Farmers of America). I truly love and appreciate our amazing American Farmers & Ranchers and that is why we only use beef produced here in the United States to make our jerky.
So what is Great US Beef all about you ask? Quite simply it’s a dream come true. While the “soul crushing office job” is never an ideal setup for an outdoor lover, I had to keep the dream alive! My dream was to start a business that would HELP people, people like you and I. I want to help people in two ways.
First, you need to nourish your body by fueling up for all of your outdoor adventures as well as those days full of hard work and taking care of family. Whether you’re having fun outside or are busy and on the go you need a food that provides a legit package of real nutrition, one that fuels the active body, leaves it feeling satisfied, provides many essential nutrients and a steady supply of energy.
Beef jerky is that perfect workhorse snack!
Oh yes and it has to TASTE GOOD, no more cardboard-like protein bars pretending to taste like “birthday cake”. Those ain’t fooling no one by the way…. I KNOW buttercream frosting and it’s not going to be found in a protein bar.
The second way I want to help people is to bridge the knowledge gap between those that produce our beef and the 98% of us who are not directly involved in agriculture. There are stories to be told of the hard working American farmers and ranchers as well as truths to be shared about where our beef comes from. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your jerky.