Westmont’s Standard Market coming to Lincoln Park

Standard Market, which has gained a rabid following in Westmont with its emphasis on local and sustainable food in the two years it’s been open, is taking its show to the city. Come August, Standard Market Grill will be open at 444 W. Fullerton Ave. in the former Zapatista space at the corner of Clark Street. “We’re taking the grill concept and doing it in Lincoln Park,” said Ken Tsang, director of technology and marketing at Standard Market. The Lincoln Park location will not include a grocery.

The restaurant will feature locally sourced food such as Aurora Angus Beef ground in-house by butchers daily and fresh-made buns by their bakers. “We want to highlight a tie to the market,” Mr. Tsang said. “It’s a good combination of all the fresh food we have on hand in a 33,000-square-foot market.”

The menu at the 160-seat, fast-casual restaurant will be an expanded version of what’s offered in Westmont — burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza and more with rotating daily specials at lunch and dinner.
Standard Market Grill will have a full bar and, like the market, will include local selections. Wine will come from around the world.The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily and breakfast on the weekends to accommodate the active area; it will have patio seating on the Clark Street side.
—Ari Bendersky
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Traceability system devised for Aberdeen Angus beef

A new DNA-based test has been created to determine the authenticity of Aberdeen Angus beef (AAB) from field to fork.


Aurora Packing Company Debuts First DNA-Traceable Kosher Beef in Three States


North Aurora, Ill., June 19, 2012— Kosher beef consumers in New York, Florida and California can now purchase the first kosher beef to be fully DNA-traceable back to the animal of origin. Developed by Aurora Packing Company, the 70-year-old premium meat packer and leading U.S. kosher beef producer based in Aurora, Ill., Aurora Kosher Choice Beef® is overseen by DSJ Global and verified by the DNA TraceBack® process developed by IdentiGEN North America of Lawrence, Kan.

The first distributor to market Aurora Kosher Choice Beef to dominant kosher markets in the U.S. is Shalom Farms, a kosher food distributor based in Bronx, NY.

Aurora Kosher beef is the first kosher beef brand in the U.S. to offer DNA-traceability, which ensures adherence to kosher processing standards and superior quality, and verifies the exact origin of individual cuts of beef. Each animal is DNA-sampled at every stage of the production chain.

Aurora Kosher cattle are raised in the Midwest, within 300 miles of Chicago, and finished on corn for exceptional flavor and tenderness.

“Kosher beef consumers can trust that Aurora Kosher Choice Beef is an authentic, carefully raised beef that is produced according to the highest kosher standards. The DNA TraceBack process gives us a means of communicating its premium quality to consumers,” said Lowell Zoet, VP & general manager of Aurora Packing Company.

DNA TraceBack enables retailers, meat producers, meat processors and food service outlets to respond to the growing consumer demand for more information about where and how their meat is produced.


About Aurora Packing Company

Aurora Packing Company is a 70-year-old company based in Northern Illinois. It is the sole and exclusive producer of Aurora Angus® Brand beef as well as other high-quality branded beef products, produced exclusively from Midwest beef.

About IdentiGEN North America

IdentiGEN North America, Inc., is a privately held company, and a leading provider of DNA-based solutions to the agriculture and food industries. It is based in Lawrence, Kansas. Through IdentiGEN’s DNA-based TraceBack® process, retailers, meat processors, producers and local governments, for the first time, have the tools to unequivocally trace meat back to its source. Additional information can be found at www.identigen.com and www.dnatraceback.com.

Fox River Foods to Distribute Aurora Angus with DNA TraceBack

Aurora Packing Co., the sole producer of Aurora Angus ® brand Black Angus beef, has reached an agreement with Fox River Foods, Inc. that allows the company to distribute Aurora Angus products throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota. Because American consumers not only prefer branded beef, but also want to know where their food is coming from, customer demand for Aurora Angus continues to rise.

Aurora Angus beef is the first beef brand in the U.S. to offer guaranteed traceability. Their DNA TraceBack® program not only ensures consistency and superior quality through scientifically proven animal genetics, but it also verifies the exact origin of each individual cut of beef. Each animal is DNA sampled so that in every stage of the production chain – from the farm gate, through the processing plant, and into a restaurant kitchen – the precise origin of Aurora Angus beef is unequivocally guaranteed.

Aurora Angus is high end choice grade Midwest Black Angus beef, worthy of a place on the finest restaurant menus.  All cattle are raised in the Midwest and finished on corn for exceptional flavor and tenderness. The Midwest climate resembles the breed’s native home in Scotland, making this the best U.S. region for raising Black Angus.

The Aurora Angus livestock are sourced within 300 miles of Aurora Packing Co. and processed at sister company, New City Packing, in Aurora, IL. Both companies are approximately 10 miles away from Fox River Foods, located in Montgomery, IL. Because the companies are sourcing locally, the products travel less miles, which is beneficial for the environment and fresher for customers due to the shorter supply chain.

All product is aged a minimum of 21 days, and a variety of cuts are available. Restaurants who would like to serve Aurora Angus beef on their menus should contact Fox River Foods, Inc.

January Edition of Meat & Poultry

Check out our article regarding DNA Traceability in the January Edition of Meat & Poultry: