Podcast: Kerry grills value-added beef processor David Beak

Sheep Central, June 2, 2023

S3 Ep17: Value-added beef processor David Beak


TAKE a look in any supermarket retail chilled cabinet, and it’s evident that value-added meat products are rapidly soaking up space previously devoted to basic chilled, packaged beef and lamb.

Around the world, time-poor householders are increasingly looking at more convenient heat-and-serve and ready-to-eat meals.

One of the pioneers in the value-added further processing industry in Australia, David Beak, sits down with the Weekly Grill podcast host Kerry Lonergan this week.

David Beak from Beak & Johnston, with a led steer purchased during an earlier Brisbane show

His Sydney-based food manufacturing business, Beak & Johnston, employs 1200 staff, and is in the process of opening an enormous new state-of the-art facility to keep up with booming domestic and international demand.

What does it mean for the Australian beef and lamb industries?

As an aside, David has a close family connection with pastoral industry legends, the Vestey family, and recounts some of his memories with Kerry.


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