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The Educated Beef Shopper

There are so many choices of beef and we are lucky to live in a country where beef is consistently graded, inspected, and humanely raised. Whether you purchase your beef from a grocery store or a local farm, we want you to have a great eating experience.The Beef Checkoff and Virginia Beef Council promote all beef equally, and we want you to know ALL U.S. beef is safe, nutritious, and delicious. We also want to help you find the best option for you and your family. This page is everything you need to know about buying beef.


Buying Location

Buying Experience: Grocery store, or Direct-Buying?

Deciding where to shop for your food is an integral part of keeping your family and yourself healthy and thriving! We're lucky to have numerous options for buying beef.  Here you'll find the benefits of grocery store shopping, buying direct, and a Virginia Beef Directory if you're looking for local options.

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Labeling Claims

Learn the Labels

We know there is a witch's brew of labels when it comes to your beef choices. You need to know how to sort fact from fiction when it comes to providing a nutritious meal solution for your family.

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How-To Buy Beef

How to Choose the Right Cut

All about the different types of cuts (sirloin, chuck roast, bottom round, etc.), and how to select a particular piece of beef based on color, wet vs. dry aged, and labeling claims!

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Look for a bright cherry red color when selecting fresh beef.
How-To Buy Beef

Ordering Beef in Bulk

How to order speciality cuts at the grocery store, plus how to order beef in bulk from your local processor, farmer/producer, or farmer's market. Have you ensured it's safe? Have you tried a sampler pack? Do you know how many pounds to expect? All that and more!

How to Order Beef

Butchers can help you find what you need!
Food Storage

How to Store Beef at Home

Keep your beef safe and ensure quality with these tips.

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Disclaimer: This directory is a digital resource to help consumers in Virginia research options for purchasing beef. Inclusion in the directory does not imply VBIC affiliation or endorsement of services or products. VBIC claims no responsibility for customer experience should you purchase beef from a farm, ranch, or butcher shop included in this listing or elsewhere.Please do your research about all your food choices and consult a nutrition or medical professional when appropriate. If you would like to be included or removed from this listing, or have an update to your listing, please visit the submissions page.