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In Southeast Georgia, the Cows Go “Méu”

François Léger was raised on a farm in France and wanted to continue his family’s proud farming legacy. He pursued a degree in agriculture and worked in the beef industry in France, Australia, South America and the U.S. for more than 17 years. In 2004, he purchased a processing facility and a grinding facility in Augusta, Georgia, and called the company FPL Food after the initials of his name, François Paul Léger.

As his business grew, Francois purchased pasture and farmland in Central Georgia in 2011. Sticking with his French roots, he named the farm Chatel Farms. Francois immediately set to work building a cattle-feeding and live operation that rivaled anything in the Southeast. His goal was to prove that great quality cattle could be raised and finished for beef production in the Southeastern United States. To achieve this goal, he sourced some of the best Angus genetics and began raising corn and other forage crops as feed sources for his herd. Today, Chatel Farms has a herd totaling more than 8,000 head including Angus and Akaushi (Wagyu), pure-bred seed-stock animals and feeder cattle to support the FPL Food beef brands.

Continuing his vision, Francois decided to take the next step to complete his dream of vertical integration and purchased a further processing facility in 2012. This facility located in Thomasville, Georgia, provides FPL with the ability to produce case ready retail beef cuts and portioned steaks and burgers for the foodservice industry.

We continue to grow our business through our vertically integrated brands and high-quality boxed beef. With our fresh and frozen grinds program and case ready products from our further processing facility, FPL Food supplies a comprehensive portfolio of quality beef products that meet our customers’ needs.