Naturally Raised Meat

Kowalski's Certified Humane Prime Time Meat Gift Box

The goal of our Meat & Seafood Department is to offer customers the freshest, highest quality meats and seafood possible. We do this by sourcing naturally raised product from sustainable family farms and providing knowledgeable, friendly customer service. Our staff is passionate about the job they do and their relationship with our customers. Kowalski’s is one of the few grocers who still cuts 90% of the meat sold in the service case. This gives us the ability to create custom and specialty cuts at any time for our customers.

We're proud to offer a full-service meat department and seafood counter where the local butcher is your source for the perfect cut for that special meal. At Kowalski's, you're assured quality and service that is second to none. Kowalski's also offers a full line of prepared entrées and fully-cooked meat for your busy lifestyle.

Our Naturally Raised Standards

We source everything in our Meat & Seafood Department with one thing in mind: Naturally Raised. This means:

  • No added hormones, growth stimulants, grown promotants or antibiotics are ever administered to the animals.
  • Humane treatment policies are in place
  • Animals are sourced from small family farms and raised locally whenever possible.

We choose Naturally Raised meats because we feel it is better for the animal, the producer and our customers, providing a cleaner, safer product that is superior in overall quality. This standard applies to all the products below.

Kowalski's Certified Humane Beef

Creekstone Farms of Arkansas City, Kansas, is our primary beef producer for all Choice and Prime antibiotic-free Black Angus beef. As a small player in a large industry, they have differentiated themselves with their natural beef program, which is Certified Humane by Humane Farm Animal Care. Third-party auditors inspected Creekstone's farms, feedlots and production plant to ensure that the highest animal welfare standards were met. Since approval, Creekstone has begun selling their Certified Humane All Natural Beef to their customers, including Kowalski's.

New York Strip Steaks

In 2018, we began the journey to get all our Meat Departments Certified Humane as well! The process required us to submit applications for each store as an individual entity, provide sales data and create new operating procedures to keep Creekstone products segregated in storage, pre-production and post-production. We also needed to develop a traceability system to track each beef package in our service case back to the Creekstone plant. This required cooperation from our distributor US Foods, who needed to purchase software and implement new procedures to provide lot numbers to the stores for each batch of beef delivered. Once those systems were in place, we had our final audit and now have an all natural, Certified Humane program for both USDA Choice and USDA Prime beef – the very first multilocation chain in the U.S. to do so!

Good Question: What's the difference between Prime and Choice beef?

USDA Prime beef is the highest USDA grade available, but we go one step further by ensuring that our Prime beef is naturally raised. Only about 0.5% of all beef in the U.S. can claim Naturally Raised Prime, and we are the only retailer in the Twin Cities that carries it.

USDA Choice beef is a great choice for everyday meals and special occasions alike. It is considered leaner than Prime and can be a healthier option while still offering outstanding flavor and tenderness. Like our Prime beef, Kowalski’s Choice Beef is also naturally raised.

Akaushi Kobe-Style Beef

Akaushi, or Japanese Red, is one of four indigenous Japanese cattle breeds that have been subjected to genetic improvement over the last 90 years. Kowalski’s Kobe-Style Beef comes from the largest purebred group of Akaushi outside Japan. Akaushi beef is regarded as the finest available breed of Kobe-style beef. Significant marbling results in an extremely tender, rich flavor experience and a healthier option with lower saturated fat than conventional beef.

Kowalski's Signature 100% Grass-Fed Organic Beef

Our organic grass-fed beef is raised on Spring Lake Ranch, located in the Sandhills region of north-central Nebraska. The Sandhills cover over 20,000 square miles of perfect cattle-raising habitat. There, the cattle enjoy a healthy all-grass diet and are raised according to strict sustainability and animal welfare standards. Procurement experts employed by Raise American handpick the cattle, and ranchers use regenerative farming practices to ensure that the land is naturally fertilized and replenished for future herds of livestock. The cattle are also USDA Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Grass-fed beef is naturally lower in fat and cholesterol while providing a higher level of omega-3 fatty acids.

Gerber's Amish Farms Chicken

Owned and operated by the Gerber family of Kidron, Ohio, Gerber's all natural chickens are never given growth stimulants or antibiotics – ever. They are fed a 100% vegetarian diet and are raised cage-free by family farmers who focus on animal welfare, taking care of the environment and raising animals without the use of drugs and chemicals. It is American Humane Certified.

Perfect Lamb Chops

Kowalski's Signature 100% Grass-Fed Lamb

Our grass-fed lamb from Anderson Ranches in Willamette Valley, Oregon, is also Certified Humane. They are raised free-range without confinement and are never given any growth hormones or antibiotics – ever! With unmatched flavor and tenderness, this lamb is sold exclusively at Kowalski's.

Kowalski’s All Natural Pork

Our All Natural Pork is raised by Premium Iowa Pork, which is wholly owned by Lynch Livestock and the Lynch family. We have tested several different producers, and this was the best of the best. More importantly, our pork is raised with the strictest standards in the industry regarding growth stimulants, antibiotics, pesticides and animal welfare. We are working closely with Premium Iowa Pork to validate their humane raising standards, as they are some of the best in the industry.

Kowalski's Lightly Smoked Pulled BBQ Pork

Easy Dinner Solutions

Our Meat Production Kitchen, located at our Shoreview Market, produces our Meat & Seafood Departments with a wide range of quick, no-prep meal options that are ready to pop right into the oven. Our marinated kabobs, breaded chicken, stuffed pork chops and chicken breasts, appetizers, crab cakes and more are perfect for busy on-the-go families, families, tailgating parties, large gatherings or people looking for a convenient dinner solution.

Our kitchen is inspected daily by the State of Minnesota, and standards equal to USDA regulations are in place to ensure the integrity and safety of all our products.

Our Production Kitchen is also equipped with two industrial rotisserie-style meat smokers, which we use to smoke our Fully Cooked, Lightly Smoked Meats and Kansas City Style BBQ Meats. These options, available in the Meat Department Service Cases, are fully cooked and only need to be reheated.