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.