Posted November 11, 2018 09:24:13 The Big 10, with its four remaining members, has made its way into the meat market.
The Conference of Mayors (CMA), the conference that manages the Big 12, announced Tuesday that the league will not be adding any new meat suppliers.
But the conference did agree to make some changes to its current meat supplier agreement.
The agreement, signed last year, includes stipulations on what kind of products the league can sell to its nonconference rivals.
The new agreement also requires that the conference make sure its meat suppliers abide by the same quality standards as the schools that sell its products.
“We have an agreement that is really about the integrity of the meat industry,” CMA president Jim Lesipa told ESPN.
“It’s not just about us, it’s about the meat business.”
The new CMA agreement is a departure from the past, and is part of a concerted effort to make the meat supply chain more transparent, more accountable and more competitive.
The CMA agreed to a more-open, transparent agreement in 2016, and a change in the agreement was made in 2019.
The meat industry has been hit hard by the competition from meat producers like Tyson Foods, which have been able to sell cheaper meat and lower prices.
Lesipas claim that the new agreement is the result of a lot of hard work by the conference, which has invested in meat inspection.
It also comes on the heels of the SEC investigation into the ACC, which led to the ACC removing two meat suppliers in the first quarter of 2019.
Lesipea said that the ACC was also in a better position to do the right thing when it came to the CMA’s beef.
“They did not have a strong beef position,” Lesipra said.
“What we did is we said, ‘What we’re looking for is a meat supplier that is going to provide us with meat, and we’re going to make sure that it is really high quality, and that it meets our standards, and it meets the standards of the other schools that are doing this kind of business.'”
Lesipsa also said that ACC schools will now be able to compete with the Big Ten and Big 12 on a more level playing field.
“The ACC has done a lot to help the Big 10 and the Big 16, and to the SEC, and those schools have done a great job with that,” Lesipeas said.
ESPN’s Brian Bennett contributed to this report.