On Oct. 18, 1978, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand, led by Angus farmers from Ohio, as well as Illinois and Kentucky, became a reality with its first sale of beef. Several of those leaders were present when Ella Whitt purchased that first pound from a small grocery store in Columbus, Ohio. Today, millions of consumers enjoy and trust the world-famous brand for consistently superior quality when dining out and at home. 


To honor the men who created the brand and all the partners from farm to table who guide its success today, friends of the brand and staff marked the 40th anniversary of the first sale with a proclamation from Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The announcement coincided with the painting of the 40th barn at Atterholt Farms, often visited by partners as part of The Culinary Center experience, near the brand’s headquarters in Wooster, Ohio.