Fresh and regional ingredients are part of our quarter-century heritage, and are essential to our Biologically Appropriate mission.
Kentucky’s food culture is a perfect fit for ACANA foods. Our DogStar Kitchen is 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 Kitchen features 25,000 square feet of cooler space, capable of holding over 600,000 lbs of fresh meat, fish, and poultry, plus fresh, whole vegetables and fruit.
Unmatched by any pet food maker, our ingredients arrive at our kitchen fresh or raw, bursting with goodness, and typically within 48 hours from when they were harvested.
What many pet food makers call fresh are actually pet-grade meats frozen into 55lb blocks to make them easier to transport and store, which are often thawed and re-frozen a number of times. Often these meats are many months old before becoming food for pets.
Worse yet, many North American pet food makers take dried animal ingredients, add four parts water to one part meat, and create a ‘meat slurry’ – an ingredient they then label ‘fresh or raw’.
No wonder there’s so much confusion!
In an industry known for liberal ingredient descriptions, we believe it’s important to be clear with Pet Lovers about what an ingredient is or isn’t. When we say fresh, we mean it. We define fresh or raw as:
FRESH: Our fresh ingredients meet the AAFCO standard of REFRIGERATION AS THE SOLE METHOD OF PRESERVATION.
RAW: AAFCO offers a variety of raw definitions, we use only one: OUR RAW INGREDIENTS ARE THE SAME AS OUR FRESH, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THEY ARE FROZEN.
Raised on regional ranches, our ranch-raised red meats are raised naturally, in the heart of Kentucky's lush Appalachian ranching country by people we know and trust.Learn More
Raised free-run on Kentucky farms by people we know and trust, our chicken, turkey, and eggs are classified fit for human consumption and then delivered to our kitchens fresh or raw, so they’re full of nourishing protein and fat.Learn More
Our saltwater fish are sustainable and wild-caught from New England's cold and fertile waters, and our freshwater fish are sustainably caught from American waters – all whisked to our DogStar Kitchen fresh or raw.Learn More
From Barlett Pears to butternut squash, ACANA features vegetables and fruit delivered fresh from Kentucky’s fertile farms and orchards.Learn More
Grown for us in Kentucky by people we know and trust, ACANA botanicals are all of American origin, and delivered either fresh or gently air dried.Learn More