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cheaper than retail more convenient than wholesale

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way members will save substantial sums over buying beef from supermarkets and other retail outlets.  Plus! Because the members own The Beef Exchange it is the members who share the profits.                                       

Retail outlets have high lease rates that must be recouped through higher prices.  Meat suppliers pay relatively high wages rates, plus benefits and taxes.  Because of these and other marketing costs the average store (2000 figures) will buy beef wholesale for $1.80 a pound and sell it for $3.95 a pound on average a mark-up of $2.15 a pound.

In 2014 the average price of beef is closer to $6.00 a pound but the best cuts are often priced at $30.00 a kilo or more.  It is now 2016 and the price of beef has increased substantially but the wholesale price of a side is still only about $4.00. Theoretically this is the average price you will pay for beef

 

Members are owners. Who makes a better customer than an owner?

WHY IS BEEF SO EXPENSIVE?

It is not difficult to understand why once the process of marketing beef is described. The number of cuts that a producer gets from a steer coupled with the variety of grades of beef and the fact that it is a perishable product much of it with seasonal appeal and the amount of waste associated with the process drives the price up. As the weight of the primal cut as a percentage of the rest of the carcass declines and Demand increases the price charged increases.  

Every piece that spoils or must be sold below cost ultimately increases the average price of the cuts sold. Portions less in demand are stockpiled in freezers in the off-season. Much of this may need to be discarded, meat in

 

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