Champion's research and innovation team in our state-of-the-art
Bafrino research & innovation centre. Morinville, Alberta.

Champion staffer mohamed in the discovery kitchen in our
Research and innovation centre. Morinville, Alberta.

Food Innovation


Our commitment to innovation has never been stronger.

Adjacent to our NorthStar Kitchen in Alberta, Canada, our BAFRINO Research and Innovation Centre is a world-renowned food innovation hub focused on advancing our Biologically Appropriate mission.

This $5.9-million investment solidifies our commitment to innovation, and advances our Biologically Appropriate, Fresh Regional Ingredient, and Never Outsourced (BAFRINO) mandate in four core areas:

  • 1. Biologically Appropriate Food Development

    Aligned with our drive for continuous innovation, the BAFRINO Centre provides a dedicated facility for the development and advancement of our award-winning Biologically Appropriate dog and cat foods.
  • 2. Fresh Meat Technologies

    The BAFRINO Centre develops proprietary meat-separation technologies which allow exceedingly high fresh meat inclusions in ACANA and ORIJEN, enhancing feeding performance and continually bringing our foods closer to Mother Nature.
  • 3. Natural Flavor Development

    Equipped with state-of-the-art freeze-dryers and hydrolyzing units, the BAFRINO Centre develops all-natural flavors from the very same fresh meat, liver, and tripe that go into ORIJEN and ACANA foods.
  • 4. Nutrient Testing and Validation

    Ensuring our foods meet the high expectations of Pet Lovers everywhere, the BAFRINO Centre performs on-site validation of all quality, nutritional, and technical parameters of our ingredients, processes, and foods.

If it’s not OK for our dogs and cats, then it’s not OK for yours.

Our position on animal testing is simple – we conduct only those tests in which we would allow our own companion dogs and cats to participate. If it’s not ok for our dogs and cats, then it is not ok for any other cats and dogs. We perform palatability (taste), urine pH, digestibility (the latter through stool analysis only) and AAFCO feeding trials.