Champion Pet Foods Uses Only the Best Ingredients, Sourced from Local Family Farms
-written by Brenna Dunlavey
Hollywood Feed loves Champion Pet Foods! Champion has a longstanding history of strict and sustainable food safety and manufacturing standards, which is important to Hollywood Feed.
Champion is a family owned company that strives to make better food in a better way, by using carefully selected ingredients from local farms and fisheries within their community.
If you look at the back of a bag of Acana Heritage Free-Run Poultry, for instance, you will see an image of Todd Clark from his family farm in Lexington, Kentucky holding one of his chickens. That’s what we like to see!
Checks and Balances
- Champion makes every effort to visit these community farms regularly, ensuring good and humane practices are being used.
- Every ingredient is free of pesticides, antibiotics, and GMOs.
- They have contracted with these farms to ensure that their ingredient standards are being met.
- Champion picks up each delivery with their own trucks and their own bins, meaning there is no risk of contamination from a third-party transporter/distributor.
- These strict standards apply to every ingredient from meats like whole fish, chicken, and lamb; to nutrient-rich squash, blueberries, and carrots; to botanicals like chicory and fenugreek.
Because their ingredients are of such consistently great quality, Champion does not have to add synthetic vitamins or any fillers. The only things added to its good wholesome ingredients are copper and zinc, as these are often depleted during cooking. Even these two ingredients are naturally sourced in the USA.
Champion’s Delicious Foods
Champion makes two lines of dry food at their new kitchen in Kentucky (which besides being state of the line, also provides jobs for local residents!); Orijen and Acana.
These pet food lines are of equal quality, but do have some differences:
Orijen is a high protein diet with age-specific and all-life-stage formulas. The first 10 or more ingredients are meat-based followed by low starch ingredients like lentils, chickpeas, and vegetables, followed by a selection of beneficial botanicals and probiotics to boost the immune system and aid in digestion. Orijen also makes a selection of freeze-dried options.
Shop Orijen here.
Acana is a moderate-to-high protein food that is also for all life-stages. This food still contains high amounts of whole meat ingredients, but has a more moderate protein level and comes at a variety of price-points. Acana also makes the Acana Singles line of food, which contains a single novel protein source for dogs with allergies. Learn more about food allergies and the benefits of a novel protein source here.
Shop Acana here.
Transitioning to a New Food
Want to give Orijen or Acana a try? Remember that some pets have a difficult time switching to a new food, especially if they have been eating something very different from the new food, or if they have been eating the same thing for a long time. It does not necessarily mean that the new food is making them sick!
Allow plenty of transition time when switching your dog or cat to a new diet. Hollywood Feed recommends a nine-day process:
- Begin with 25% new food and 75% old food for 3 days
- Then, give your pet 50% new food and 50% old food for 3 days
- Then, move on to 75% new food and 25% old food for 3 more days
- Finally, you can feed 100% new food
Remember, Portion Size May Change with a New Food
Most of Champion’s foods, and many other brands carried by Hollywood Feed, reduce the feeding requirement when compared to grocery store brands due to their wonderful nutrient density, so it is important that you measure out your pet's feeding and monitor their weight gain or loss.
We want you to give Champion Pet Foods a try today! Trying something new comes at no risk to you, because of our Hollywood Feed Promise:
If your pet doesn’t love it, or if you don’t love it, we’ll gladly replace or refund it.
And we really mean it!
- John Sanders