Never Outsourced

Award-winning foods. State-of-the-art kitchens.

We’re as passionate about making food as we are about our pets. That’s why we prepare ACANA ourselves, in our own kitchens, where we oversee every detail of food preparation from where our ingredients come from, to every cooking, quality and food safety process.

Located on 85 acres of farmland in Kentucky, our state-of-the art DogStar® Kitchens are specifically designed to prepare our Biologically Appropriate dog and cat foods with the highest fresh meat inclusions possible.

Featuring 25,000 square feet of cooler space capable of holding over 500,000 lbs of fresh ingredients, our kitchens are custom built with fresh ingredient processing technologies that are the first of their kind anywhere in the world.

With food safety and quality systems equivalent human food processing facilities, our Kentucky DogStar® Kitchens represent a rare commitment to the safety of dogs, cats, and the people who love them.

And to those who celebrate authenticity; our DogStar® Kitchens prepare ACANA and ORIJEN exclusively — we do not make foods for anyone else!


Did you know that most specialty pet foods are owned by marketing companies?

These days, most pet foods are owned by marketing companies that DON’T make their own foods and DON’T own a kitchen.

Instead, they outsource production to third-party factories who make many different foods for many different marketing companies.

That means they don’t source their own ingredients, don’t prepare their own foods, and instead focus on marketing and promotions.

ACANA is different

We prepare our own foods in our own kitchens, with our own cooks and ingredients — and we don’t make foods for anyone else! When you choose ACANA, you can be sure your pet’s food has been made by us with the same authentically fresh ingredients, care and attention as a home-cooked meal. We guarantee it!

How to Tell the Difference

If the package says “made for”, “produced for”, distributed by”, or “distributed under licence by” it’s a marketing brand, produced under contract as a private label. That means the company that owns the brand didn’t actually produce the food – it just markets it.

If the package says “made by” or “produced by”, you’ve found an authentic pet food. The company that owns the pet food brand is the same company that produced the food itself. We always suggest you contact a pet food representative to confirm where the food is made.

Champion is the developer and producer of ACANA foods. We own our own kitchens and make our own food, so you can have confidence knowing where your pet’s food comes from.

The BAFRINO Research & Innovation Centre

Adjacent to our NorthStar® Kitchens in Morinville, Alberta, Canada, our BAFRINO Research & Innovation Centre is a world renowned food innovation hub focused upon advancing our Biologically Appropriate mission.

Read more about the BAFRINO Research & Innovation Centre