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.
May 15, 2016
Kunoa Cattle Company announced today that it has licensed 740 acres of grazing lands from Kamehameha Schools on central Oahu. The property will serve as a production ranch, as well as a staging area for neighbor-island animals that Kunoa ships for harvest and meat processing at the Kapolei harvest facility. Kunoa will use holistic management practices to regenerate soil, restore natural water flows, and manage invasive species, while producing a commercially viable beef product.
April 09, 2016
Kunoa Cattle Company announced today that it is one of two recipients of the Energy Excelerator's new $250k Ohana Prize, along with Oakland-based TerViva. The two companies jointly applied for the prize based on a proposed research collaboration aimed at demonstrating the technical feasibility of Hawaii silvopastoralism, or the grazing of livestock within commercial forests and orchards—in this case, TerViva’s pongamia orchards. The two companies have entered into a planning process for the project and are scheduled to launch the test later this year on one of TerViva’s existing Oahu nursery sites.