Canadian Business and Maclean’s ranked Buddy’s Kitchen No.44 on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on a five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business and published with Maclean’s magazine and online at CanadianBusiness.com and Growth500.ca.
“Buddy’s Kitchen is grateful and proud to be in the top 50 of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. As a private label manufacturer of food and treats for companion animals, everyday we must deliver on the highest standards of quality, safety, innovation and customer experience,” states Peter Kaufman, Founder & Chief Dog Wagger. “We have a tremendous team of dedicated and loyal food professionals that are the best in Canada.”
Kaufman credits his company’s core values, strong discipline and passion as key drivers for its hyper growth. Buddy’s Kitchen made the 2018 Growth 500 list with a five-year revenue growth of 1,530%.
Kaufman declares, “Our client partners are some of North America’s leading retailers and brands of pet food and treats. That comes with tremendous responsibility to inject honesty, transparency and integrity into the consumables we produce and how we engage and work with all stakeholders. This achievement reflects the strength of our vision and strategy to be an innovation and manufacturing partner for leading pet food brands who want to be ‘remarkable’ and ‘lead with speed.’”
“The companies on the 2018 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Deborah Aarts, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”
While cat trends continue, the pandemic has added to overall slow-growth treatment of the cat food market.
Premiumization and humanization, as well as automation, fueled continued operation growth in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.