Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company Announces Off-take Agreement with Darling Ingredients

DES MOINES – The Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company has reached an agreement in which the off-take from its proposed 2,000-head per day beef-processing facility in Mills County will be purchased by Darling Ingredients, which is headquartered in Irving, Texas, and has facilities worldwide. 

“As a fourth-generation cattle producer, I always prefer to work with businesses that have staying power and a record of success and innovation. I respect the fact that Darling Ingredients’ roots reach back to the 19th century and that the company has evolved from a small rendering firm to the world’s leading producer of sustainable, organic ingredients. Darling’s people are innovators in a challenging and ever-changing business, and they’re absolutely the best choice for us,” Cattlemen’s Heritage lead developer Chad Tentinger said today. “Darling Ingredients’ front-line people also have a solid record as responsible transporters and next-step processors of off-take, and that factored heavily into our decision.”

Tentinger said the proximity of a Darling Ingredients’ facility – just eight miles from the site where Cattlemen’s Heritage will break ground this year – is another plus for both companies.

“Cattlemen’s Heritage plays a critical role in delivering quality beef from Midwest family farms to consumers, with an emphasis on excellence and sustainability,” said Darling Ingredients Chairman and CEO Randall C. Stuewe. “As protein demand continues to grow, Darling Ingredients will continue to be an integral part of the circular economy. The raw material off-take from Cattleman’s Heritage will also provide additional feedstock for our current renewable diesel production and recently announced investment in sustainable aviation fuel production.”

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About Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company: Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company will offer high-quality, sustainable beef with economic benefits for Iowa and family farm cattle producers. The project’s principal developer is Chad Tentinger, founder and owner of Ten Corp Inc. and an Iowa cattle producer.