Omaha Steaks can trace its roots back to 1917 when a butcher in Omaha, Nebraska, began selling high-quality steaks. The company is still privately owned and operated by the Simon family, with 5th-generation son Todd Simon now CEO.
B.A.’s son, Lester Simon, is credited with introducing Omaha Steaks across the United States when he brokered a deal with the Union Pacific Railroad to begin serving Omaha Steaks in the dining cars of their transcontinental trains in the 1940s.
The first retail store was opened in 1976.
Today, the company sells a majority of its products through online sales. All meats are shipped in dry-ice coolers.
The company is the 22nd largest employer in the state of Nebraska.
During the pandemic of 2020/2021, having meat shipped to homes became not only a nicety but a necessity.
After Hurricane Ida devastated Louisiana in September 2021, Omaha Steaks delivered several large trucks filled with meat and beef jerky to the hardest-hit areas.
The corporate office for Omaha Steaks remains in Omaha, Nebraska.