So for the first time, Walmart works directly with cattle owners to create their own Angus steak supply chain.
"This became a very important priority for the company," said Scott Neal, Walmart's senior vice president of meat, in an interview with CNN Business. "Meat is the middle of the plate" and "drives the customer to the store," he added.
Customers require transparency in how the food is produced. Neal said, "Trust our food system becomes more important." Working directly with livestock and feeders will give Walmart greater visibility in the meat supply chain.
Walmart also seeks to control some beef production in order to prevail over suppliers. Owning your own steak supply can put Walmart in a stronger position when it sells prices with companies.
"I think we all know the market dynamics of what happens when you usually operate in a duopoly. It's not that good for the customer," front analysts told Friday.
Walmart entry into the industry poses a threat to Tyson, which depends on the company. Walmart is Tyson's largest customer, accounting for more than 1[ads1]7% of the meat company's sales, according to filings.
But Tyson brushed off worries that Walmart's move would hurt his business.
"Our business is strong with Walmart, and they have been a great partner for many years," says Tyson CEO Noel White to analysts last year.
"What makes a decision is if we start to see a consolidation in the delivery," said Foran. Walmart's milk supply prices had gone up, leading the company to explore other options.
Walmart wishes not delivering every one of their more than 4,700 stores with their own milk, but "it gives us some influence
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