Q. Where do you source your ingredients?
We believe that making the world’s best pet foods requires using the world’s finest ingredients. With this in mind, we focus on working with suppliers that we know and trust. Trust is earned by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to quality, food safety, sustainability, and communication. We only choose suppliers who are dedicated to these values and providing the best ingredients available.
Our screening process for a new supplier ranges from 90-180 days; Champion’s requirements and attention to detail are more thorough than what is required of most suppliers involved in providing ingredients to the human food industry.
Our commitment to quality does not end when we accept a supplier. We visit and audit our ingredient partners to ensure ongoing compliance with our own strict standards, and the ingredients themselves are subject to a comprehensive risk assessment. Once a supplier is brought on board, we maintain that relationship by having frequent meetings, on-site visits, and conversations. That way we can feel confident that we are giving your pets, and ours, only the best.
Q. Are the ingredients used in your foods gmo-free?
We do not use GMO ingredients.
Q. Why do you use peas, beans, and lentils in your foods?
Our fruit and vegetable inclusions provide natural sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, while also providing the binding action needed to form a kibble. Our legume inclusions are a healthy source of fiber and soluble carbohydrates.
Q. What are your quality requirements for your animal ingredients?
ACANA foods are formulated for dogs and cats, with meat ingredients sourced from federally licensed facilities that must have implemented a HACCP-based food safety system. Champion also specifies that our meat and poultry ingredients must only come from animals that are not condemned, diseased, or that have died otherwise than by slaughter.
Q. Fresh, raw or dried – what’s the difference?
Fresh: For our fresh meats refrigeration is the only method of preservation.
Raw: We freeze our fresh meats at peak season to lock in their natural goodness – no preservatives.
Dried: Dried fish and meat ingredients are made of flesh, bones and cartilage, and provide a concentrated source of protein, with their bone content providing a very rich source of minerals. Dried fish and meat ingredients are made by removing water from the meat, bone, and cartilage ingredients through a cooking process.
Q. What is the source of ACANA’s glucosamine? is it supplemented?
ACANA contains 50-75 percent meat, poultry and fish ingredients in WholePrey ratios — meaning we include fresh meat, organs, and cartilage, just as Mother Nature would. Our fresh meats and cartilage in particular are high sources of natural glucosamine. That’s why glucosamine is listed on the guaranteed analysis but not on the ingredient list.