Canidae Pet Food has launched Canidae Farms where it now grows its own ingredients for its pet food products. Canidae is a family-owned company, founded in 1996 by owners Scott Whipple and John Gordon.
Along with the introduction of its farm, located in Kansas, USA, Canidae also operates a cooking facility and distribution center in Texas, USA.
“Canidae Farms is the first step toward our goal of only using ingredients we are directly and actively involved in growing,” said Canidae co-founder and co-owner Scott Whipple in a press release. “More and more consumers — and all of us, really — are becoming aware that our choices matter. How things are made is as important as the product itself. Consumers want high quality, safe ingredients packed with nutrients that are grown in a sustainable way.”
In 2016, the crops harvested at Canidae Farms were shipped directly to Canidae’s Ethos Pet Nutrition cooking facility in Brownwood, Texas. In 2017, the company estimates it will harvest nearly 1 million pounds — or about 500 tons — of ingredients with plans again to ship crops directly to its cooking facility and incorporate specific ingredients within its various pet food products.
“We've always tried to do the right thing as a company,” said Whipple. “It's something that has set us apart from the beginning. As far as we know, we are the first pet food company in the world to be directly involved in growing our own ingredients. Not just buying our ingredients from farmers, but actually growing ingredients on our own farm. Canidae Farms is just the beginning for us as we continue our journey moving forward.”
Canidae's future plans
While Canidae will still rely on its network of farmers and suppliers for its ingredients, Canidae Farms will allow the company to move forward towards its ultimate goal of using ingredients it’s directly involved in growing. Crops currently being grown at Canidae Farms include yellow peas, milo, millet, parsley, rosemary, sage and greenhouse tomatoes. The majority of these ingredients are used in the Canidae Under The Sun Grain Free line. Peas are also used in the limited ingredient Canidae Grain Free Pure line and the Canidae All Life Stages line, vet formulated for pets of all ages, breeds and sizes, uses ingredients like peas and millet. Additional crops that the company has started testing at the farm include lentils, zucchini, butternut squash and pumpkin.