At Coast Packing -- the number #1 supplier of animal fat shortenings in the Western United States -- we believe that animal fats have been demonized for too long. Fat matters both for taste and for general health and well-being. The reality is that animal fats, in moderation, are not as problematic as they once were thought to be; they have some tangible health benefits; and their artificial/manufactured substitutes are actually worse than originally thought. We embrace today’s compelling food culture, and recognize that minimally processed animal fats have a vital place in the kitchen – at restaurants and at home – and in recipes that call for lard or beef tallow. Professionals and home cooks rely on animal fats to create amazing meals, and we applaud them all.