Our commitment to innovation has never been stronger.
Adjacent to our North Star Kitchen 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:
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.
The BAFRINO Centre develops proprietary low temperature meat separation technologies
which allow higher fresh meat inclusions in our foods, enhancing their feeding
performance and bringing then ever closer to Mother Nature.
Equipped with state-of-the-art freeze dryers and hydrolyzing units, the BAFRINO Centre
develops all-natural flavours from the same fresh meats, liver and tripe that go into
ACANA foods, making sure that dogs and cats enjoy their foods as much as we do.
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 dogs and cats.
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.