Food Safety &
Quality Assurance

Quality, Safety & Excellence

Nicholas Meat is committed to the principles of Quality, Safety and Excellence. These tenets are foundational to every aspect of our business — from animal handling to beef processing, from employee training to customer service, and from sustainability initiatives to regulatory requirements.


Quality meat begins with animal welfare. Nicholas Meat maintains a Robust Systematic Approach to Humane Handling and prides itself in exceeding industry standards. Good animal handling is not only ethical, it significantly reduces common meat quality defects and minimizes product loss. This is good from the grower to the consumer, or from farm to fork. Our goal is to maintain a culture of teamwork where the newest trainee through the most senior employee takes ownership and pride in their assigned task which translates to the best possible product quality outcome in all of our departments. To verify our product quality, inspections are regularly conducted by our quality assurance department throughout the harvest, chilling, fabrication, and shipping processes to ensure our customers receive a final product that meets or exceeds their expectations.

USDA Federally Inspected


Food Safety is the foundation on which our business was built and it continues to drive our business today. A USDA federally inspected facility, Nicholas Meat operates under a fully implemented, validated and continually verified food safety system. The food safety system is comprised of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) programs, prerequisite programs and standard operating procedures that range from receiving live cattle to shipping product, and every detail in between. Our food safety system is monitored by Nicholas Meat’s quality assurance department and verified by a combination of outside third-party auditing agencies and USDA FSIS inspection personnel to ensure all programs meet or exceed industry expectations and regulatory requirements.


Excellence is our goal and continuous improvement is our focus. Nicholas Meat knows that to improve, our employee’s safety and welfare is the best investment we can make. Since we opened the doors at our current location in 2010, the facility has gone through dramatic improvements ranging from a new fabrication department and employee welfare areas, a new state-of-the-art medical screening facility, to external environmental sustainability projects. Industry leading technology and engineering has made it possible to keep our employees safe and our facility efficient while reducing our carbon footprint.