Petco Offering Freshpet Refrigerated Food, but Is It Really Better for Fido?

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The new emphasis on healthy, sustainable eating has become a revolution of sorts, a means to protest the corporate agricultural system. This trend has even made it into the world of pet foods. However, as with human food, major corporations are looking to get in on the action. Petco has recently announced that it intends to become the first national retailer to sell Freshpet.

I spoke with Audree Berg of Auggie's Doggies Healthy Pet Supplies about her take on the Freshpet line. "I don't sell it. It's a very large 
corporation. I don't even know if they're using domestic and raw proteins." Berg, who has two locations, both in farmers' markets, opts for products from smaller producers with domestic and Canadian free-range proteins, kind of the pet equivalent of getting to know your farmer.

Although Berg supports the underlying ideals of the Freshpet line, minimally processed, fresh foods, she is very skeptical of the large corporations that process these products. "Origin, for example, is owned by an individual person with a staff," she says. "There are no board members. They acquire their proteins regionally and process them fresh. They own their own processing facility and test each batch or product before sending it out."

Berg is very skeptical about any products that come from overseas. "The more you hear about food from China, the more you hear about recalls," she says. A Food and Drug Agency report, for instance, linked chicken jerky treats imported from China to more than 900 cases of illness and death among dogs since November.

According to Berg, business is steadily picking up. "I'm getting busier. People are really beginning to understand that if you eat better, you have less health problems. It's the same with pets." Understanding food origin is an important part of the process in terms of overall health. 

So is Freshpet a good option? Well, it's not the worst, Berg says. However, if you're concerned with your pet's health, your best bet is to seek out someone like Berg, someone who carefully researches each individual product. That's one step closer to getting to know your (and your pet's) food source. A revolutionary act in itself.

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I just purchased my first bag of FreshPet from Target.  I thought it was  a decent product, but I  microwaved it for just a few seconds and it sparked and caught on fire!  There must be something metallic in it.  In any case, I am not going to buy it again...

Luv my mutts
Luv my mutts

Your article made me concerned - I have been using freshet since it became available at Petco a couple of years ago in the Boca store.  Their meats are all domestic and none of their ingredients are from China, It says that right on their website.  I also spoke to a manager at Petco that said he knows one of the founders and says it is a top notch product.


This article is an example of bad journalism.  The reporter quotes only one source, takes that source's word as law, and then makes a recommendation to readers to do likewise:   "However, if you're concerned with your pet's health, your best bet is to seek out someone like Berg, someone who carefully researches each individual product."  Is this a newspaper or a paid advertisement?  


Perhaps someone should tell Audree Berg that Orijen is owned by Champion Pet Foods, which is owned by Bedford Capital. They are simply a hedge fund! Also, Orijen is extrusion manufactured at high temps, whereas Freshpet is just cooked enough to pasteurize the meat. I would think a pet store owner would have her facts straight. I feed Freshpet to my bulldog and she loves the stuff! By the way, I researched Freshpet too. They are 1/3 owned by Mid-Ocean Partners, 1/3 owned by Tyson, and 1/3 owned by family and employees.

Give Pits a Chance
Give Pits a Chance

I feed my dog, Moose, Freshpet and he LOVES it. He is a Pit and was having problems with his fur falling out in patches. The vet said it was the corn in his diet so i switched to Freshpet which is corn and wheat free and his fur stopped falling out completly!!


@Icebox39734 What?! Do you even know what Tyson does?!  Their meat is worse than any meat of the human food meat producers... just think of what they are sending to Freshpet!!
And by the way, before you spread false information, you need to check your own facts! 
Bedford Capital does NOT own Champion Pet Foods. Bedford Capital has invested in Champion Pet Foods. Champion remains family owned.  They have the only kibble that is safe in North America because they are a great company.  Fresh Pet is good food and better than kibble... but now that you've told us of Tyson being a supplier, if that is true, then that puts Fresh Pet behind 

Sara Ventiera
Sara Ventiera

I'm glad to see you are so passionate about your dog's food. If it's working for your dog, keep using it. Berg's main point was the source of the meat. She used Origin as an example of meat that is harvested and processed in North America; not in China. Knowing the source and means of production of proteins goes hand in hand with becoming familiar with the farmer. That was the premise.

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