Our Story

 

Over 100 Years of Superior Steaks

 

Stock Yards celebrated 100 Years of tradition and pride in delivering exceptional quality steaks, meat and beef in 1993. Today, the tradition of quality is very much alive, and sizzling! The Stock Yards name and USDA Prime and USDA Choice steak quality we provide are well known across the country by steak lovers and fans everywhere who remain loyal customers, often for generations. Stock Yards steaks are demanded by Executive Chefs nationally who select Stock Yards for their top restaurants and clubs, and our outstanding reputation for excellence as the “World’s Finest Steaks and Chops” continues.

The Stock Yards story can be told in two parts:

  • The First 107 years as a Family owned business
  • As a subsidiary of US Foodservice

1893 - 2000

Founded in 1893 by the Pollack family, in the original "stockyards", or livestock market area of Chicago, the Stock Yard Meat Packing Company began as a retail butcher shop on South Halsted Street. In 1902, the priority focus shifted from the retail consumer business to concentrate on supplying restaurants, hotels and clubs. Generations of the Pollack family continued to grow the exceptional service and quality from a regional to a national level. In 1955 Stock Yards realized and met the market's demand for providing the same exceptional steaks at home and the "mail order" business concept was born. The entrepreneurial Retail business flourished and grew rapidly together with the wholesale side of the business. The year 1968 marked the establishment of the first distribution facility in Las Vegas, and the entire supply chain has grown steadily since that time.

2000 to Today

In 2000 Stock Yards was acquired by US Foodservice, one of the leading broad line foodservice distributors in the United States. The Retail business with delivery of Stock Yards steaks and chops directly to consumers' homes has grown to include the same exceptional quality roasts, ribs, seafood, appetizers, desserts and more, while remaining focused on the key, core business that built success – steaks! Today thousands of individuals, families, and even a few well known celebrities purchase our steaks and beef for great family dinners, for enjoying with friends or serving to guests, to celebrate special occasions, and to give as gifts at Holidays. A large number of Business Customers select Stock Yards on an annual basis for their clients or employees as rewards and incentives. Using the latest e-commerce technology to market through our website, we also mail thousands of catalogs directly to Customers regularly and upon request. A significant percentage of Customers comment on the sensational "salivation factor." The exceptional quality message is further enhanced by our Customer Service Team, while providing outstanding Customer care. This strategic and integrated marketing approach continues to grow and leverage the Stock Yards reputation for exceptional USDA Prime and USDA Choice steaks and more; truly the Rewards of Exceptional Taste!