March 01, 2017
Kunoa Cattle Company is honored to have been nominated for the Clean Tech/Ag Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the past 2 years and elated to have won the award for 2017. The Hawaii Venture Capital Association fosters entrepreneurial development and each year, awards entrepreneurs and companies for their achievements in Hawaii's venture community. We're immensely proud to share the stage with innovative startups, which are guiding the efforts for a clean tech economy in Hawaii.
Hawaii News Now
November 30, 2016
Every year, Hawaii imports more than 200,000 finished cattle from the mainland.
But starting next spring, shoppers will start to see more local beef in their market.
It's all thanks to a new venture from Kauai-based Kunoa Cattle Company, which sees expanding Hawaii's local beef supply as a key step toward sustainability. Earlier this month, the company finalized a deal with the state to lease Oahu's only slaughterhouse.
November 29, 2016
Kunoa Cattle Co. has plans to expand and to debut a beef brand.
A Kauai company that helps manage cattle for other owners has bought Oahu’s only slaughterhouse as part of a plan to expand the supply of locally produced beef.
The acquisition by Kunoa Cattle Co. comes several years after the seller of the financially struggling slaughterhouse, a private cooperative, obtained public financial support but failed to have the state purchase the Kapolei facility.
Kunoa said its purchase was completed Nov. 17, but declined to disclose the price.
Jack Beuttell, Kunoa co-founder, said the pay intends to expand processing of locally raised livestock at the facility for other customers while also working to develop a major new brand of fresh Hawaii beef. "We’re open for business for the livestock community," he said.
Pacific Business News
November 24, 2016
The new Hawaii cattle company that recently purchased Oahu’s only U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified slaughterhouse facility plans to spend about $500,000 on upgrades to the West Oahu facility in Kapolei, one of the company’s founders told Pacific Business News.
The facility was owned by the Hawaii Livestock Cooperative, a nonprofit group run by local farmers. The plant opened in 2004 on 6.5 acres of state land but has struggled financially because of the demise of the dairy industry industry in Oahu coupled with the increasing cost to run the facility.
Kunoa Cattle Co., which was founded in 2014 by third generation Hawaii rancher Robert "Bobby" Farias and Jack Beuttell, intends to carry out the cooperative’s vision of delivering local beef to consumers across the state. It purchased the seller’s debt and assumed the lease of the Oahu slaughterhouse.