By Sarah Klein
Some of Manitoba’s best known restaurants are proving that you don’t need to look far for a quality product.
Keystone Processors Ltd. couldn’t be happier with the list of local clients they’ve scooped up to serve Manitoba-raised beef. Not only have the city’s two largest casinos jumped on board, but Amici’s, Bailey’s Restaurant and Bar, Bistro 7 ¼, and Fusion Grill, just to name a few, are also some of the establishments taking notice.
Since opening earlier last year, more than 40 retail and restaurant clients have made the switch to the farmer-owned beef plant, including Billabong Restaurant and Bar, Inferno Bistro, Ivory Restaurant, Maple Tree Restaurant and Steakhouse, Mise Restaurant, Pineridge Hollow, and Sevala’s Catering.
Keystone Processors is in the process of upgrading its plant to meet Canadian Food Inspection Agency guidelines that will permit it to expand operations and begin exporting Manitoba beef to premium, niche markets around the world.
“We’re the only supplier of boxed beef in Manitoba and we’re seeing there’s a big demand from commercial kitchens to have a reliable, local supplier of quality beef,” said Kelly Penner, President and CEO of Keystone Processors. “The more beef we sell, the less we import and the better our producers and our province will be.”