Veterans Adobe Stock 360040290

For Veterans Day: An Army Ranger Becomes a Beef Entrepreneur

Nov. 9, 2023
After serving in Afghanistan, former Army Ranger Patrick Montgomery founded KC Beef Co. and only hires veterans.

After serving in Afghanistan where he lost his brother-in-law and fellow Army Ranger, Patrick Montgomery began to search for a new mission – one that would give him renewed purpose and help other vets find some peace. So he finished his degree in animal science, bought a ranch outside Kansas City and began producing and selling Wagyu beef as KC Cattle Co.

Wagyu is known for its intricate marbling and “umami” flavor, making it a natural for steaks. But when his Wagyu beef hot dogs were declared best by Food & Wine magazine, his business, which employs only veterans, really took off.

KC Cattle Co. also makes and sells beef, roasts, brats, burgers, and ground beef, all from Wagyu. He sells from his own shop, online and in a few regional stores.

Today, as he looks back on his first five years, Montgomery can share many insights on what has kept KC Cattle Co. afloat during challenging times. A few things he considers keys to the company’s success:

  • Applying learnings and values from his time in the 75th Ranger Battalion.
  • Steadfast commitment to delivering a premium product every time. (Military legacy brings many customers in, but quality keeps them coming back.)
  • A keen understanding of the market and a business model that helped the company not only survive but grow during the global pandemic.
  • Prioritizing the customer even during upswings in cattle pricing and general inflation; holding off price increases for two years, and then mitigating the impact by slashing shipping prices.
  • Forging a unique brand identity and story in the face of increasing category competition.

Happy Veterans Day, Patrick, and thank you for your service.

About the Author

Dave Fusaro | Editor in Chief

Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

Sponsored Recommendations

Troubleshoot: Grittiness in gluten free cookies

Learn how to adjust gluten free cookie recipes for a softer texture.

Clabber Girl: Rising Success

Uncover how Clabber Girl Corporation achieved a remarkable 7% growth and improved manufacturing efficiency by seamlessly integrating Vicinity's batch manufacturing solution with...

Intelligent Blends: Taking Technology to the Next Level

Find out how our friends at Intelligent Blends use VicinityFood and Microsoft Dynamics GP to produce the best coffee around.

Key ingredient: Mother Murphy's Laboratories

Flavorings manufacturer Mother Murphy’s Laboratories integrates front office with production facility — improving operations from initial order to final invoice.