A shining star in innovation
The north star is known throughout history for holding still while the entire northern sky revolves around it.
The North Star has come to symbolize our Canadian kitchen, representing a beacon of excellence in our industry. Purpose-built to advance our Biologically Appropriate mission, NorthStar is the most advanced pet food kitchen in Canada.
Committed to making the world’s best dog and cat foods, our NorthStar Kitchen is equipped with proprietary, state-of-the art, fresh-meat processing technologies that allow higher fresh-meat inclusions than any other dog or cat foods.
And our kitchen prepares ACANA and ORIJEN exclusively – no other brands or private labels. We wouldn’t have it any other way and we believe you wouldn’t either.
Our purpose matters
Our food philosophy, focused on Biologically Appropriate Recipes, World’s Best Ingredients and Award-Winning Kitchens sets us apart from any other pet food maker and guides us as we design our award-winning kitchens and foods.
State-of-the-art kitchens and innovation centre advance our award-winning foods.
Equipped with proprietary state-of-the art, fresh-meat processing technologies that allow greater meat inclusions than any other dog or cat foods in the world, our award-winning kitchens and research centres are dedicated to advancing ACANA and ORIJEN.
Our ongoing commitment to investing in food processing, food science, and research capabilities allows us continually advance our Biologically Appropriate capabilities, bringing ORIJEN foods ever closer to the natural diets of dogs and cats, and firmly establishing ourselves as leaders in the global pet food industry.
Fresh meat is the foundation of our biologically appropriate foods.
The world’s best recipes come from the world’s best ingredients. That’s why we collaborate with a specially curated group of leading farmers, ranchers, and fisheries that we have had relationships with for decades. Our strong network enables us to source only the best, including lamb from New Zealand, fish from Scandinavia, and other premium ingredients from our neighbours. No matter what, every ingredient we choose is selected for its nutritional value, digestibility and superior flavor.
Our commitment to trust and transparency has led to a robust supplier vendor audit approval program and detailed ingredient traceability system.
OUR KITCHENS ARE SOME OF THE MOST ADVANCED IN THE INDUSTRY.
Our kitchens are purpose-built and custom-designed specifically for our unique recipes that take advantage of the inclusion of fresh and raw ingredients. We locate them in agricultural heartlands so they can be closer to many of the sources of our ingredients. As we grow and innovate, in addition to our own kitchens, we’ll work with suppliers who are experts in their field to create only the finest foods for pets.
With food safety, quality, and employee health at the core of our designs, our kitchens exceed many of the standards set in the human food industry – which explains the pride we take in them and why they are spotless and safe at all times.