Canada Grade Beef Guide
At Grocery Gateway and Longo’s we are proud to offer only Canada Prime and AAA Grade beef. All beef with an A-level grading has:
- Good-to-excellent muscling
- Firm, bright-red muscle
- 2mm of fat (or more) that is firm and white/amber in colour
The true distinctions in the A-Grades lie in the amount of marbling:
What does this label mean?
Confused by all the label claims? We break it down for you, plain and simple:
GRASS-FED: If the cattle were able to forage and graze on their own fresh food they are referred to as grass-fed. The idea is to keep the cattle’s diet as natural as possible. This label is not regulated; there are no guidelines to state how much of the cattle's diet must come from grass in order to be deemd "grass-fed."
RWA: RWA stands for Raised Without Antibiotics. This means the cattle were not treated with or given feed that contained antibiotics. It is important to note that all cattle raised in Canada with the use of antibiotics must undergo a "withdraw" period, during which the cattle are given no antibiotics before going to market.
ORGANIC: Organic beef comes from cattle that are fed 100% organic food free of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and GMOs. They are bred from organically-raised cattle and raised humanely without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics. The strict criteria are set out by the Standards Council of Canada. (You can find more information about that here.)
Only the best for our family, only the best for you!
To ensure your meals are a complete success, we offer only beef with an incredible depth of flavour and a tender melt-in-the-mouth texture. With quality in mind, we are proud to bring you Prime Grade Beef – Canada’s highest grade – that makes up only 2% of all the beef in Canada and AAA Grade Beef that makes up only 8% of all the beef In Canada. Our beef is aged for 21 days to achieve optimal levels of tenderness and flavour - It’s all we serve our family, so it’s all we offer you.
We are honoured to be recognized for Longo’s commitment of offering our customers Canadian Angus Beef known for quality. The Canadian Angus Association has presented us with the Canadian Angus Association Easter Partner of the Year for our efforts in promoting Canadian Angus Beef!