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Acana – Award Winning, Biologically Appropriate.

A RARE COMMITMENT TO FOOD SAFETY

Completely separated from the rest of the kitchen by IMP walls (insulated metal panel) and air pressure systems, our DogStar® kitchens employ CIP (Clean In Place) throughout.

Featured in dairy and beverage industries, CIP is an automated cleaning system which ensures the proper time, temperature and turbulence for cleaning, elevating our food safety capabilities.

COOKING IN REAL TIME

Our DogStar® kitchens are connected through Allen Bradley hard and software systems with all cooking data, from start to finish, displayed in our kitchen control center in real time, enabling adjustments to any system, anywhere, anytime.

Not only does our data system help us make better food, but our track and trace capabilities represent a rare food safety commitment, even for makers of human foods.

“FARM TO FIDO” TRACK AND TRACE

Equivalent to what is used in any human food processing facility, the DogStar® track and trace system tracks ingredients throughout the kitchen at each location of use and stores all information in a two-dimensional package code which can be traced back to an individual farm or ingredient supplier.

NOURISH AS NATURE INTENDED

WHILE WE OFTEN APPLY HUMAN ATTRIBUTES TO OUR COMPANION DOGS AND CATS, THIS ISN’T THE APPROACH TO TAKE WITH THEIR DIETS.

That’s because dogs and cats evolved as hunters and, despite a modern lifestyle, their anatomical features are adapted to an almost exclusively meat-based diet.

WHEN WE SAY FRESH WE MEAN IT!

OFTEN MISUSED IN THE PET FOOD INDUSTRY, THE WORD FRESH REALLY MEANS AN INGREDIENT IS NEVER FROZEN OR EXPOSED TO HEAT, CHEMICALS OR PRESERVATIVES.

In fact, refrigeration is the only means of preservation for ingredients that are truly FRESH.

REAL FOOD FROM OUR OWN KITCHENS

MANY PET OWNERS DON’T REALIZE THAT MANY POPULAR PET FOOD BRANDS ARE OWNED BY MARKETING COMPANIES THAT DON’T ACTUALLY MAKE THEIR OWN FOODS.

Here at Champion, we’ve been preparing our own foods in our award-winning kitchens for more than a quarter century.

Our Mission

BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE

A NEW CLASS OF MEAT-RICH FOODS TO MIRROR THE EVOLUTIONARY DIET

The gray wolf is the ancestor of all domestic dogs. The Eastern wildcat is the ancestor of all domestic cats. And while years of breeding has produced hundreds of ‘different looking wolves and wildcats’, the internal workings of dogs and cats remain unchanged.

In fact, the eating anatomy of modern dogs and cats is the same as their wild cousins, so it’s no surprise that their food requirements remain the same too.

THE BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE CONCEPT IS SIMPLE: MIRROR THE QUANTITY, FRESHNESS AND VARIETY OF MEATS THAT NATURE EVOLVED DOGS AND CATS TO EAT.

ACANA’s richly nourishing meat inclusions mirror your pet’s evolutionary diet, excluding high-glycemic carbohydrates, vegetable proteins, synthetic additives and anything else Mother Nature didn’t intend your dog or cat to eat.

Never Outsourced

FRESH REGIONAL INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS WE LOVE. PEOPLE WE TRUST.

Fresh and regional ingredients are part of our 25 year heritage and essential to our Biologically Appropriate mission.

Kentucky’s local food culture is a perfect fit for ACANA foods. Our DogStar® kitchens are located in the center of a dynamic agricultural community, providing access to specialty farmers with whom we partner to advance our fresh regional ingredient mission.

Equipped with state-of-the-art fresh food processing technologies, our DogStar® kitchens feature 25,000 square feet of cooler space, capable of holding over 500,000 pounds of fresh local meats, fish and poultry, plus fresh whole local fruits and vegetables.

Unmatched by any pet food maker, our ingredients are deemed fit for human consumption when they arrive at our kitchens fresh, bursting with goodness, and typically within 48 hours from when they were harvested.

The kitchen

DOGSTAR® KITCHENS

A BRIGHT STAR IN THE GLOBAL PET FOOD INDUSTRY

As the brightest star in the earth’s sky, and known in ancient cultures as ‘heavenly wolf’, the Dog Star represents steadfastness of purpose, symbolizing our commitment to food innovation and earning the trust of pet lovers everywhere.

Purpose-built from the ground up, our state-of-the-art Kentucky DogStar® kitchens dramatically enhance our Fresh Regional Ingredient and Biologically Appropriate™ capabilities, demonstrating our passion for innovation and leadership at every level.

Situated on 85 acres of farmland in Kentucky and designed to make the best and safest dog and cat foods on earth, our DogStar® kitchens exceed the regulatory requirements and track and trace capabilities expected of human food facilities.

And to pet lovers who celebrate authenticity, our DogStar® kitchens will prepare ACANA and ORIJEN exclusively; no other brands, no private label.

We wouldn’t have it any other way. We believe you wouldn’t either.

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