The Canadian Beef Advantage

Learn about the Canadian beef advantage. Order our Quality with Confidence kit today featuring information on quality standards, food safety systems and the Canadian beef industry.

Canada is a place where the air, water, and land are all in balance, with an abundance of wide open spaces and fresh clean water perfect for raising cattle.

Canada's cool climate means the selection of cattle breeds isn't limited to cattle which tolerate high heat conditions (which can result in potentially reduced carcass quality).

Canada is one of the largest grain producers in the world. High quality feed grains contribute to well-marbled, flavorful and tender meat with firm, white-coloured fat, highly desirable traits recognized by customers in over 100 countries around the world.

Canada's cattle producers are committed to sustainability of the land for future generations and to the humane treatment of animals, with demonstrated global leadership in animal health.

Canada's exacting standards ensure consistently high quality, safe and wholesome beef.

Canadian partners are committed to serving the U.S. market with a broad range of capabilities and substantial experience.

    The Attributes of the Canadian Beef Advantage.

  • Canada's A, AA, AAA and Prime grades are your assurance of the highest quality beef. Grading of beef carcasses is performed in accordance with strict national standards for attributes such as meat and fat color, carcass muscling, texture (firmness), maturity and fat coverage. Canada has also adopted beef marbling criteria which are aligned with those utilized under the U.S. grading system.
  • Grain-finished beef from superior cattle genetics provide an outstanding eating experience, making Canada the preferred supplier of grain-fed beef to the U.S.
  • Food safety is the most important priority with systems for beef production on farm and at the processing level which are based on the internationally recognized HACCP model.
  • Business development programs from the Canada Beef to help you market and maximize the value of Canadian beef.

Canada and the U.S. have built a strong partnership with the world's largest trading relationship.


Partners for Success

Canada is one of the leading beef-producing nations in the world and for many years the U.S. has been Canada's largest customer. U.S. buyers purchase more than 300,000 tons of Canadian beef on an annual basis. The Canadian industry is firmly committed to building on this long-term partnership.

Our objective is to provide products and services that maximize the value of our high quality beef for your business. Trade in beef products is an important contributor to what has become the world's largest trading relationship. Canada imports more U.S. agricultural products than any other trading partner in the world, including Japan, Mexico and Europe. These exports made up approximately 18% of total U.S. agriculture, agri-food and seafood exports to the world. The U.S. exported approximately $19.1 billion worth of agriculture, agri-food and seafood products to Canada in 2009.

Working to Maximize Value

Canada Beef is actively working with importers as well as meat professionals in the distribution, food service, retail and processing sectors. One of our most important contributions is facilitating and supporting relationships between Canadian beef suppliers and our clients in the U.S. The companies we represent have a broad range of capabilities and substantial experience serving the U.S. market. Approximately 75% of Canadian beef produced for export is delivered to the U.S.

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