GREAT MARK WESTERN
Jim Bardy founded Continental Services, the nation’s 25th largest food management company, in 1989. As a full-service dining management company and caterer employing nearly 1,200 workers, we collectively aspire to delight our guest, every meal, every day by creating engaging experiences with fresh, handcrafted fare in corporate cafés, grab-and-go self-checkout micro markets, at special events, and on luxury yacht charters.
Perhaps the best example of Continental’s uncompromising focus on superior ingredients is Great Mark Western (GMW), curated by Continental specifically to grow premium quality, consistently tender and flavorful beef. After many years of frustration and disappointment with the lack of consistency and quality in beef purchased for Continental’s customers, Jim Bardy and his partner Tom Davis formed Great Mark Western, which is home to registered Angus, Brangus and Ultra Black herds, as well as a large commercial Angus herd. Combined Jim and Tom have over 75 years of food service and restaurant industry experience. This experience, along with the relationship to Continental provides the unique advantage being the breeder, commercial feed and finish as well as the at the plate consumer. GMW retains ownership through the entire life cycle. GMW joined GCP to continue to advocate for protocols that positively impact the plate performance and dining experience.
For seven years, GMW has been focused on optimizing tenderness, flavor and marbling/quality grade. We are committed to continued improvement through genetics and best practices leading to herd uniformity in our commercial herd, consistently producing exceptional quality beef.
GMW spring harvest grade results:
37% High Choice
We’ve made great progress with herd management protocols emphasizing wholesome diets, docility and mortality. The continued refinement of the GMW herd lead to the acquisition of Chemonie Plantation, a property with 350 years of cattle management history. GMW beef can be traced from packing and preparations directly back to its farm of origin. Each herd is raised with a well-orchestrated, hands-on care and feeding regimen, under GMW’s exacting quality and safety standards.