Ton Zandbergen, Founder and president

“The choice of our suppliers determines the success of our company.”

Tyson Foods: exclusive partner since 1994

IBP, which became part of Tyson Foods in 2001, began working exclusively with Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat as their European distribution partner in 1994. Since then we have together built our reputation as THE supplier of premium US beef in Europe and continue to grow and evolve our business together in the dynamic European market.

 

Since 1994 we have together built our reputation as THE supplier of premium US beef in Europe

Over the past 25 years, our high level of trust and mutual respect have reinforced our stature in the demanding and eclectic market in Europe, which has learned to savour grain-fed beef and appreciate the consistency brought by the breeds and feeding of US cattle, aligned with Tyson’s production skill and rigorous quality control.

Zandbergen has two generations of experience in navigating the challenges of the trade flows and regulatory detail of the global meat trade. It also brings the financial rigour required to plan long-term commitments that are necessary in the longer beef cycle to assure supply consistency across both retail and food service markets. Zandbergen’s unparalleled market knowledge, sales skill and distribution capabilities combined with Tyson’s legendary reputation in beef production in the US constitute an unbeatable team.

Tyson Foods: ‘Delivering more every day’

Tyson Foods is a modern, multinational food company with more than 122,000 employees. Tyson produces 1 in 5 pounds of all chicken, beef, and pork in the U.S., making it the market leader. Tyson is behind some of the most well-known brands on grocery store shelves today.

Tyson Foods is also the leading provider to many national restaurant chains, including quick service, casual, mid-scale and fine dining restaurants. It makes great food for a variety of foodservice customers, including schools, military bases, hospitals, nursing homes and international customers as well. Tyson is also the only company that sells chicken, beef, pork, and prepared foods products through all the major retail distribution channels, including club stores, grocery stores and discount stores.

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IBP: an iconic brand (Tyson Foods – United States of America)

IBP is an iconic name known the world over by meat professionals as the leading and innovative brand of beef from the USA. The instantly recognisable ‘Green Box’ is renowned in the industry in terms of quality and specifications.

The unique flavour of US beef from IBP is the result of generations of experience in raising and perfecting beef cattle breeds and feeding them on the farms and ranches on the Great Plains of the USA. The young cattle feed on the natural grasses for 12-15 months before being fed on a balanced and nutritious blend of grains and corn which adds to the unique flavour profile and marbling for which US beef is justly famous.

The instantly recognisable ‘Green Box’ is renowned in the industry in terms of quality and specifications. ‘IBP: Trusted Excellence’

The level of marbling (silky, tiny threads of soft fat woven through the muscle) is a crucial factor in determining beef quality and eatability. This is why IBP only uses beef of the top 3 quality grades available in the U.S. The marbling dissolves during cooking, as a natural internal baste, which produces juicy, tender and tasty steaks.

IBP premium-quality beef from the world’s largest beef processor exceeds our customers’ expectations. The tradition of trusted excellence is reinforced by the commitment to quality, service and leadership in the industry. The product portfolio offers you an alternative to traditional steak cuts such as Ribeye, Sirloin or Striploin steaks and are perfect for a variety of menu applications.

Star Ranch Angus (Tyson Foods – United States of America)

The IBP brand continues to form the foundation of our presence in Europe and is now reinforced with our Angus beef brand Star Ranch.

The cattle are raised and fed according to the same principles as the IBP brand. The difference is the breed: the Star Ranch brand is selected and verified Angus beef.

Star Ranch Angus delivers the consistent quality and taste your customers demand. Star Ranch Angus™ beef brings a high-quality dining experience time after time. It has been selected thanks to its tenderness and rich flavor.

Star Ranch is 100% US Angus beef, Grade “A” Maturity (the most recent USDA recognised category for beef cattle), it’s hand-selected and hand-trimmed. Available in USDA Prime and Choice.

We are committed to delivering quality Angus beef that is consistently tender and rich in flavour, which you can confidently and proudly serve to your customers.

AACo: exclusive partner since 2012

Established in 1824, the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) is Australia’s largest integrated cattle and beef producer and is the oldest continuously operating company in Australia.

Today, AACo owns and operates a strategic balance of properties, open feeding areas and farms comprising around 7 million hectares of land in Queensland and the Northern Territory. This equates to roughly 1% of Australia’s land mass.

AACo brings almost 200 years of experience and knowledge in producing exceptional beef. It specialises in grain fed beef and Wagyu beef production.

“At the Australian Agricultural Company, we’ve been passionately perfecting the Art of Australian Beef since 1824.”

AACO Wagyu: The highest quality Wagyu beef (AACo – Australia)

AACo Wagyu has been developed exclusively for the European market and is imported, marketed and distributed by Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat across the European continent.

Cattle destined for AACo Wagyu have been born and raised on the lush pasture land of Australian cattle stations before being finished for a minimum of 200 days on a specialised Japanese designed ration of the finest cereal grains at the company’s specialised Wagyu open feeding area.

‘Every day, diners around the world enjoy the superb tenderness and flavour of our beef’

AACo Wagyu delivers a strong and distinct flavour combined with the unmistakable tenderness that Wagyu beef has become synonymous with the world over.

AACo is dedicated to delivering the highest quality Wagyu beef. AACo Wagyu is the result of a commitment to innovation and offering customers a point of difference to meet the growing demand for high-quality Wagyu beef within the European market.

Frigorífico Las Piedras: exclusive partner since 2012

Frigorífico Las Piedras S.A. is a family-owned meatpacking business that was founded in 1978. It carried out its first export shipment two years later.
As the only entirely nationally funded meatpacking plant of its stature, Las Piedras has become one of the top meatpackers in the industry. Conveniently located 20 minutes from the Port of Montevideo, Las Piedras’ 24,000-square-metre plant is built on a 110-hectare property. Production is carried out in harmony with its surrounding natural environment, seamlessly combining technology and good practices to achieve it.

Alberto González, Director of Las Piedras

‘A great product is born out of every detail.’

San Alberto Angus (Frigorífico Las Piedras– Uruguay)

The animals processed for the San Alberto Angus brand come from a known source, thanks to the loyalty programme among Las Piedras producers. The plant boasts an avant-garde electronic traceability system to track all livestock. The production process complies with strict sustainability and animal welfare standards.

The beef cuts of San Alberto are produced from young steers and heifers which meet the strict requirements of the special programme for high-quality import beef for the European Union.

The most remarkable aspect of this special programme for high-quality import beef for the EU is the care that is given to the specific feed for the animals. The steers and heifers first graze on lush and green pastures. They then stay in open feeding areas for a minimum of 100 days where they are given special feed that includes a mixture of maize, cereals, hay and alfalfa grass. This special feed gives the meat its distinctive taste and character that makes it much-loved by chefs throughout Europe.

San Alberto Angus

Loved by chefs throughout Europe

Frigorífico San Jacinto – Nirea S.A. has since its establishment in 1962 forged long-term relationships with producers, customers, the government and health authorities and officials. Supported by first-class IT technology, the company has been a pioneer in providing reliable and audited information.

Frigorífico San Jacinto-Nirea has been a pioneer in providing reliable and audited information

The company also performs exceptionally well and proves this thanks to the certification in quality, energy efficiency, corporate social responsibility, animal welfare, validated specific protocols or protocols of the various breeds. The quality and safety of Frigorífico San Jacinto – Nirea S.A.’s ensure from both excellent production standards, application of stringent hygiene and animal health standards and the most stringent control systems. Cattle are purchased under special slaughter programmes and agreed with producer groups or breeder associations based on clearly defined protocols and our own payment-for-quality schemes drawn up in advance.

El Rancho (Frigorífico San Jacinto – Nirea S.A. – Uruguay)

Uruguay is sometimes described as one big farm. It’s a country, albeit a small one, where cattle outnumber people by four to one and farming is the most important part of the economy.Uruguay has the ideal climate for growing grass and raising cattle. In addition to the country’s natural characteristics, the herd density is low and this is a key factor for keeping the cattle’s feeding system free from contaminants. The quality and safety of the product is also guaranteed through the prohibition of the use of hormones in cattle-breeding.

The cattle first roam freely on the pastures and feed on the natural grasses found on the Uruguayan farmland. They then stay in open feeding areas for a minimum of 100 days where they are given special feed that includes a mixture of maize, cereals, hay and alfalfa grass. They also apply modern technologies to guarantee a high standard of quality and traceability of the herds. The breeding programme also ensures that the cattle fulfil EU requirements regarding control, food safety and traceability.

The beef cuts of El Rancho are produced from young steers and heifers which meet the stringent requirements set out in the special programme for high quality import beef for the European Union.

This special care makes El Rancho a high-quality beef brand that is distinctive thanks to its marbling and succulence.

Kaona Poulty: partnership since 1998

Kaona Poultry Ltd. was established in 1993. It is a 100% vertically integrated poultry producer located in Ubon Ratchatani in Northeastern Thailand. Vertically integrated means the company has 100% control over the process from head to tail, from hatchery and breeding to slaughtering and further processing. Like Zandbergen, Kaona Poultry Ltd. is a family business owned by the Triyangkulsri family.

The Triyangkulsri and Zandbergen families have been working in partnership for over two decades. Together they focus on marketing raw and cooked chicken products, sharing a clear vision and philosophy on quality, flexibility and continuity. This results in a stronger focus on tailor-made products than mainstream commodities combined with optimum price and service conditions. As a medium-sized company, Kaona Poultry is able to adapt rapidly to customers’ continuously changing needs for tailor-made solutions. The strong and effective partnership between Kaona and Zandbergen has made it possible to gain a widespread presence across all the EU member states, serving clients in sectors ranging from food service to retail and  wholesale to food manufacturing.

Kaona possesses all the certifications required for the EU market including BRC, IFS, Sedex (Social Compliance) and Halal and is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil).

Beyond Meat™- Exclusive partner since 2018

Beyond Meat, which counts Bill Gates, Leonardo DiCaprio and multinational Tyson Foods among its investors, is working to change the meat we eat by replacing animal protein with plant-based proteins. By addressing the protein at the centre of the plate, Beyond Meat aims to positively impact four growing global concerns: human health, the environment, natural resources and animal welfare. Beyond Meat’s portfolio of groundbreaking products is already available at more than 27,000 grocery stores and restaurants in the U.S., as well as in Hong Kong and Australia.

The Beyond Burger is the world's first plant-based burger that looks, cooks, and satisfies like beef

Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger is the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks, and satisfies so much like a beef burger that it is sold in the meat section at grocery stores and alongside beef burgers on restaurant menus. The Beyond Burger has all the juicy, meaty deliciousness of a traditional beef burger, but with all the upsides of plant-based protein. The Beyond Burger packs 20g of plant-based protein, more than a beef burger. Plus it does not contain GMOs, soy or gluten.

‘The revolutionary plant-based burger that satisfies like beef’

The Beyond Burger™ is made from simple plant-based ingredients applied in fresh ways. Peas provide the protein. Trace amounts of beet lend a beefy red colour. Coconut oil and potato starch ensure mouth-watering juiciness and chew. The result is an uncompromisingly delicious burger made directly from plants.

Our NGO partners

At Zandbergen we see it as our role to mediate in the development of sustainable products between the stakeholders in the value chains from farm to fork. We are convinced that sustainability is a continuous process. This means any developments in this area are carefully monitored and implemented whenever possible.

While Zandbergen’s influence on the entire value chain is limited, we are committed to making our current flow of products more sustainable. This is why we cooperate with and support the initiatives of Rainforest Alliance and Solidaridad.

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