Quality and Freshness

Essential for quality and freshness

Whether on the pasture, with the cattle selection or with the transport: The MAREDO quality guidelines require strict testing of our meat at every stage of production. Our own quality managers in South America monitor the process on site.

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Tested steak quality at MAREDO: from the pasture to the plate

A species-appropriate animal husbandry is enormously important for the rearing of cattle and the quality of meat. If the animal feels well and does not feel stress, this increases the quality of the steaks. In order to guarantee this, MAREDO has a close-knit network of controls throughout the entire rearing, cutting and transport process.

State-approved plants in South America

Beef is one of the most important export goods of Argentina and Uruguay. It is logical that there is no room for error and that cattle rearing is all the more thoroughly checked and controlled.

The certified rearing and slaughterhouses from which MAREDO obtains its beef also benefit from these controls. Responsible here are the state organizations SENASA (Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria) and INAC (Instituto Nacional de Carnes). The inspections are unannounced and include not only animal welfare but also local hygiene.

MAREDO quality managers in Argentina and Uruguay

In addition to the state-organised inspections, MAREDO also employs its own quality managers on site in South America. These check the complete process and ensure that the process is carried out according to the MAREDO quality guidelines. This includes, among other things, regular checking of the pH value in the meat and checking of the steak cuts. Hygiene and animal welfare are also permanently put to the test here.

Steak imports into the European Union: only quality meat is allowed in pure form

After being cut up and transported by ship to Europe, the meat is thoroughly checked again when it is imported into the EU. The European guidelines for meat imports are among the strictest in the world.

The European Union maintains a catalogue of requirements which states must meet in order to export beef to Europe. High veterinary standards, animal welfare principles and hygiene standards are just as much a part of this as a state control system in one’s own country. Since Argentina and Uruguay fulfill these requirements and are therefore on the “white list”, MAREDO can bring beef from these countries to Germany.

Traceability right back to the table: transparency at MAREDO

During the entire rearing and transport process, traceability of the meat and its origin is of great importance. In this way, quality can be ensured effectively. This transparency can also be seen by the guests in the MAREDO steak houses. In each of the more than 35 restaurants there is a list of the current slaughterhouses and their country of origin in the checkout area. So the guest knows at any time what kind of steak he actually has on his plate.


Modern container ships transport the meat across the Atlantic to Hamburg in 25 days. Under these controlled temperature conditions, the meat has sufficient time to mature in peace and without loss of aroma, thus obtaining the unique MAREDO taste.

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refrigeration chain

After culling and cutting, the meat is chilled to a temperature of 0 to +1 °C within two to three days. The precious parts selected for MAREDO are packed in special vacuum bags and transported and stored at -1° C to +2° C.

On arrival at the port, the temperature of the meat and the integrity of the packaging are checked again. The barcodes on the cuts can be used at any time to trace which farm they come from.

The weight of the meat is checked immediately upon delivery to the restaurant. Then the visual inspection for size, possible packaging damage and origin from the approved slaughterhouse for MAREDO takes place. The meat temperature is also measured again at this point. Everything is noted on a delivery note and stored under optimal conditions in the restaurant.

Test seals & certifications

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

MAREDO slaughterhouses in South America meet the stringent BRC requirements for the global standard for food safety. The audit is repeated annually in the state-certified companies in Argentina and Uruguay.

You can find the certificate here.

The establishments in South America are inspected unannounced at regular intervals. In addition to government controls, MAREDO also has its own quality managers on site to control the production process.

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