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NutriSource® is a product of KLN Enterprises, a family-owned company in Perham, Minnesota. The company started making pet food in 1964 and has gone through many transitions and for a time was sold to other companies. In 2001 the Nelson family bought the company back and in 2003 entered the super-premium pet food business with their NutriSource line for dogs and cats.
Approximately 80 miles east of Fargo, North Dakota, in America’s breadbasket, NutriSource is ideally located to the source for most of the raw ingredients used in their foods. With over 40 years of experience in the business, they have developed long standing relationships with local suppliers so they know first-hand the quality of the ingredients that goes into every bag of NutriSource pet food.
The NutriSource manufacturing plant in Perham, Minnesota, only produces pet foods and the facility is the only manufacturing facility that produces NutriSource products, allowing them to deliver a consistent, high-quality product. The plant is an American Baking Institute (AIB) inspected facility. The AIB is the gold standard for the monitoring of quality in the pet food industry.
The chicken and lamb used in NutriSource products is human grade quality, and free of antibiotics and growth hormones. The chicken and chicken meal is all from local sources in the US and the lamb is premium lamb from New Zealand. New Zealand lamb is the only lamb certified to be free of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) and scrapie.
Only whole grains are used in NutriSource products. While there is nothing inherently wrong with corn and wheat, NutriSource chooses not to use these grains in their foods due to a negative public perception of the use of corn and wheat in pet food.
All pet food companies supplement their dry kibble products with vitamins and minerals. NutriSource uses a patented set of supplement products from AllTech, the industry leader in the development of natural supplements for the animal feed industry. These products combine the minerals and vitamins with yeasts which optimizes the bio-availability of these critical micronutrients. Many of the supplements used by other manufacturers are less bio-available, meaning your pet may not be getting adequate amounts of these vital nutrients.
Palatability is the key to making an exceptional pet food. If the pets will not eat the food, it does not matter if it is made from the best available ingredients. NutriSource is one of the few pet food companies that make their own natural flavorings to incorporate in the food to make it more palatable.
All NutriSource formulas include prebiotics and probiotics. Pre- and probiotics are beneficial bacteria that aid in the digestion of food. The process of adding them to the food helps to populate the intestines with naturally occurring, good bacteria. An abundant population of good bacteria in your pet’s intestinal tract may prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
As we evaluated the NutriSource products and the company behind them, we were very impressed that NutriSource’s printed marketing materials and web site indicated the food density and the amount of kilocalories per cup for each of their formulas. We use this information to calculate the true feeding cost of an individual pet food. NutriSource is the first company we have encountered where this information is openly disclosed. Many of the low end foods will not release this information under any circumstance, and even some of the high quality foods only provide those numbers when you call the company and ask for it.
NutriSource pet foods meet Green Acres recommended requirements: a superior source of animal protein such as whole fresh meats (chicken, lamb, etc.) or single-source meat meals (chicken meal, pork meal, lamb meal, etc.) as the first ingredient, single source fats such as chicken fat, whole, unprocessed grains and vegetables, supplementation with digestive enzymes and pre and probiotics, natural preservatives, no use of food fragments, no use of meat by-products, no unnecessary content from artificial colors and sweeteners, full disclosure by the manufacturer so a person can calculate the true feeding cost of a food, and compliance with the AAFCO Nutritional Adequacy Statement.
Frequent Buyer Program
Green Acres Kennel Shop is pleased to be able to offer a frequent buyer program for all NutriSource products. This program will allow you to combine purchases of NutriSource®, Pure Vita™ and Natural Planet Organics™ on one card, giving you the freedom to rotate diets as we recommend. After purchasing 12 items, you will get the 13th for free. The item you get free will be the least expensive of the items recorded on the card.
NutriSource Dry Food for Dogs
NutriSource dog foods have been on The Whole Dog Journals list of recommended pet foods for the past four years (2006 – 2009). They are available in the following formulas.
To see how the feeding cost of NutriSource dog foods compares to the feeding costs of other foods, click here.
NutriSource Dry Food for Cats
NutriSource makes one cat formula which meets the nutritional requirements for cats of all ages, from kittens to seniors.
To Learn More
Stop by the store and talk to our knowledgeable staff about NutriSource or checkout their webpage at http://www.nutrisourcedogfood.com/.
Last Updated July 29, 2009
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July 29, 2009