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Kunoa Beef Now Available at Times Supermarkets on Maui

May 26, 2017, 11:14 AM HST
* Updated May 26, 11:16 AM
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Kunoa, a Hawai‘i cattle company and livestock processor that offers 100% Hawai‘i-grown ground beef, announced its partnership with Times Supermarkets earlier this week.

Kunoa ground beef. PC: Kunoa

Kunoa beef will now be available at all 15 Times Supermarkets located on O‘ahu and it’s two Maui stores.

Currently, Kunoa manages a herd of 2,000 cattle on Kaua‘i and works with other producers throughout the state to source no-added hormone, antibiotic-free beef.

Kunoa recently debuted its beef products at neighborhood markets on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu, and plans to add locations in the near future.

“As a longtime Hawai‘i grocer, Times Supermarkets is committed to supporting local products like Kunoa’s ground beef and meat bars, which offer great quality at a reasonable price,” said Chester Gumban, Director of Meat Operations of Times Supermarkets.

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In November, Kunoa announced the acquisition of O‘ahu’s only USDA-inspected livestock harvest facility, with the goal of expanding processing capabilities for Hawai‘i livestock producers.

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Kunoa is completing a series of major upgrades at the nearly 7-acre Kapolei property, focused on enhancing animal welfare, preserving meat quality and improving food safety.

Upgrades include new animal receiving and holding areas and a $50,000 hydraulic animal chute with design features developed by Temple Grandin, an animal-welfare expert and Colorado State University professor.

The facility will also offer new processing capabilities for Kunoa livestock, as well as livestock from other producers throughout the state who are selling under their own brands. This includes a grinder, mixer, patty maker and state-of-the-art vacuum-packaging machine that will allow the facility to deliver products ranging from beef sides to retail-portion cut steaks.

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Kunoa has invested more than $650,000 in the upgrades.

“Kunoa’s high-quality meats and new processing capabilities help tackle the pressing issue of food security across the islands,” Kunoa Co-founder Bobby Farias said. “Our facility improvements allow more ranchers to sell their meats in Hawai‘i, rather than sending them to the mainland, and that goes a long way for our state.”

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