Golden West Food Group recognized for excellence in beef

Asheville, N.C. – Sept. 25, 2019 – Golden West Food Group, Vernon, Calif., was recognized as the Value-added Products Processor of the Year by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. The award was presented at the brand’s Annual Conference, held Sept. 23-25, in Asheville, N.C. Brand partners at the conference, including meat processors, distributors, chefs, retailers and cattle ranchers, explored merchandising and marketing solutions to satisfy growing consumer demand for great-tasting beef.

In business more than four decades, Golden West Food Group offers premium-quality meats to food distributors, restaurateurs and grocers. “We are all about premium products, and the Certified Angus Beef ® brand being as premium as it is resonates exactly into what we do,” says Zack Levensen, chief operating officer.

Golden West Food Group has been starting with Certified Angus Beef ® brand fresh cuts to create unique beef items since 2012. The branded products include beef roasts for deli rotisseries, Certified Angus Beef ® brand Wahlburgers at Home for groceries, heat-and-serve entrées, marinated steaks, frankfurters, burgers and steak chili, all made with minimal ingredients that simply highlight the beef’s true flavor: a factor that also helped the team to earn the No. 2 Sales Volume Processor award.

“We really pride ourselves on innovation and creating products that are a little bit out of the box,” says Tony Cimolino, chief marketing officer. The company works closely with the Certified Angus Beef ® brand on product approvals, correct packaging, and communications with food distributors, restaurateurs, grocers and consumers.

Daniel Vargas, executive chef, enjoys creating recipes for the products people will eat. “What I love about the Certified Angus Beef ® brand is the consistency of the product that we bring to the table,” he says. “We pay attention to every detail, from packaging to shelf life to flavor.”

About the Certified Angus Beef ® brand

World renowned for its exceptional quality and generous marbling, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand is the original brand of premium beef. It was created over 40 years ago, in 1978, and is still owned today by family ranchers who are determined to bring the best Angus beef to the table through a gate-to-plate network that also includes meat companies, retailers and chefs. Ten exacting standards ensure the beef’s superior taste and tenderness in every bite. For more information, visit or follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.