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What is a Natural Meat?

While browsing on our website and shopping in our online store, some of you may have noticed products with the "natural" mention. You may have wondered what these so-called natural meats were. What more does it have? Why does it cost more? What factors make meat qualify as natural? In short, what is natural meat?

At Maillard, we always want to give customers the best product possible. We want to serve the best meat. We want to offer tenderness and taste. And with natural meats, you'll have all that in your plate.


What is a natural meat?

According to the definition, a natural food - such as meat - is a food that is unaltered by chemicals that could possibly be harmful to human and / or animal health. A natural meat will not contain any chemical food additives, whether it’s food colouring, hormones or antibiotics that aren’t for curative usage.


Animal’s respect and freedom

Moreover, the animal is respected and the breeders with whom Maillard does business respect higher breeding conditions. They give a great liberty to the animal, granting them access to large spaces.

Our natural meats are all Certified Humane Raised and Handled, a program created by Humane Farm Animal Care. This program was established to ensure the animal’s respect in all aspects and steps, from their birth to your plate, and even through slaughter. The HFAC people are there to inspect the facilities and conditions before applying the certification. You will then see the following stamp on our natural products:

certified humane


Why are natural meats more tender?

If you have tasted natural meats before, you may have realized that it has more tenderness (as if a Maillard meat could be even more tender!) Why? Mainly because of the breeding conditions. 

Access to wide open spaces, animal respect, the fact that the animals are together, sometimes with their family, that they are not piled up only a few centimeters apart in a barn, etc. These are all factors that limit the stress of an animal. Because yes, animals also live stress.

So, with these less stressful conditions, the animals are more relaxed. This makes their meat more tender and, sometimes, it has fewer nerves and excellent flavor.


At Maillard

At Maillard, we offer natural meat products in three categories; beef, pork and chicken. We trust breeders who respect superior breeding conditions.


- Raised in Canada

- Grass-fed

- Antibiotics only for curative use

- Antibiotic-free within 100 days before slaughter

- Raised without synthetic hormone

- Weight between 700 and 900 pounds

- Grades AA, AAA and Prime 


- Raised in Canada

- Whole plant grains fed

- Antibiotic-free

- No added hormone


- Antibiotic-free

- Access to a shelter and rest areas

- Access to wide open spaces


Maillard, online butcher

You want to buy natural meat products?

Maillard is an online butcher that offers a wide range of exceptional quality meats, delivered right to your doorstep the very next day. You will find all the meat products you love: local and exotic meats, seasoned or regular, ordered by the box or just a single piece, but always with our guarantee of great taste!

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