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Never underestimate the difference between other Angus Beef products and the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. Only 8% of Angus Beef meets the highest standards to earn the distinctive Certified Angus Beef ® label. With 21 days of aging required, Certified Angus Beef ® is the world's number one brand.
“The consistent quality of Certified Angus Beef ® products, along with intense emphasis on brand integrity, has resulted in our brand becoming one consumers know and trust. Our mission remains steadfast: we are dedicated to promoting and maintaining the integrity of high-quality, superior-tasting beef brand; and through that effort, increasing demand for registered Angus cattle.”
Jim Riemann, Past President
Certified Angus Beef ® Program
Today, the Certified Angus Beef ® Program functions as a not-for-profit division of the American Angus Association. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 Angus breeders who are dedicated to producing high-quality beef, superior in taste and tenderness. The Certified Angus Beef ® brand is the industry's oldest and most successful brand.
For nearly a quarter of a century, the Certified Angus Beef ® Program has been monitoring compliance with established standards of quality and acceptability needed to earn the Certified Angus Beef ® label. Our standards actually exceed those of USDA Choice and Prime graded beef.
The product must have modest or higher marbling.
- High degree of marbling, essential to beef flavor and juiciness.
- Fine marbling texture resulting in a positive effect on beef quality.
- “A” maturity range, the youngest beef classification.
- 9 - 30 months of age guarantees color, texture, firmness and tenderness.
- Yield Grade 3.9 or leaner to ensure a product without excess fat cover.
- 21 days of aging ensures tenderness.
Three marbling levels - small, modest and moderate.
- 34% of beef grades choice with small marbling.
- 14% grades choice with modest marbling.
- 5% grades choice with moderate marbling.
The majority of the Choice grade falls into the small marbling category and does not meet our standards.
The minimum marbling requirement for USDA Prime is slightly abundant or higher.
Within this category, less than 1 percent of beef is good enough to meet our stringent qualifications.
Nothing says discriminating taste like our fine beef. This is why we say that the key to extraordinary dining begins with the Certified Angus Beef ® brand, the most tender, juicy and consistently flavorful beef available.
Less than 8% of all Angus Beef can earn the label, and that's why it's the world's #1 Beef Brand.
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