Food Innovation


Our commitment to innovation has never been stronger.

Adjacent to our NorthStar® Kitchens in Morinville, Alberta, Canada, our BAFRINO Research and Innovation Centre is a world renowned food innovation hub focused upon 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 meats, 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 other cats and dogs.

No dogs or cats are housed at our facility. Our position on animal testing is simple: we only conduct tests which we would allow our own family cherished dogs and cats to participate in. That means non-invasive palatability, urine, stool and blood analysis with our own pets, and with cats and dogs that come from loving family homes within our community.