Our American Black Angus beef comes from the Creekstone Farms located in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma in America. There the cattle can graze on the vast ranches from the farmers under the Creekstone brand. Creekstone beef is very tasty beef from Non Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC quality), and from Black Angus cattle. The Black Angus cattle get a diet of yellow corn for at least the last one hundred days. This gives the Black Angus beef extra taste and keeps the quality of the meat consistent.
Only one in one hundred Black Angus cattle meet the same standard as the cattle from Creekstone Farms. The beef also undergoes a gradation after the slaughter, where it will be graded on their veining. Then the beef either gets a Prime or Choice classification, with Prime being the highest quality. On average, just 3% achieve this classification; 30% is classified as Choice and 60% is classified as Select. Through careful selection, Nice to Meat International's US beef scores significantly better, with 30% Prime, 60% Choice and only 10% Select.
This meat is classified as Natural Beef in the USA, similar to an "organic" or "eco" classification in the EU. Since Hilton Hotels was the first chain to import US beef into Europe, it is still referred to as "Hilton beef" on the import licence. The name stands for freshly imported beef of the very highest quality. Our US beef comes from small, independent ranchers who satisfy the strict standards set by the US Department of Agriculture and the European Commission. Our selected suppliers were the only ones to have a license to export to the European Union in 1999.