MEET THE FAMILY: FAMILY-OWNED PET FOOD COMPANIES
PARTY ANIMAL PET FOOD
Photo Courtesy of Party Animal Pet Food
Shawna & Daryl Abrams
Q: What was the inspiration for starting your own pet food company?
Having four dogs at the time and endless amounts of love for our pets, we were always searching to feed them something we felt was safe, nutritious, and clean. After several years of unsuccessfully searching for an organic, good tasting, and nutritious line of dog food for our pets, we decided to create our own. Our goal was to develop a certified organic line of pet food. We took our ideas and began working on a line of pet food that was made with only the finest organic ingredients available, allowing us and our future customers to trust what the pets were eating. We worked with our nutrition research team, developmental staff, and leading veterinarians to come up with formulas that not only taste great organically, but also provide a healthy, hormone- and pesticide-free diet for our pets.
Q: How long did it take for your dream to become the actual reality of your company?
Party Animal officially became a business in February 2007. The dream to actual reality took about two years from conception to formulating to finally seeing the finished product on store shelves.
Q: What have been the most exciting rewards of owning a family-run pet food business?
The most exciting reward has been the ability to know exactly what our pets are eating. Our pet food is clean, healthy, and organic. As owners and passionate pet parents, we are able to offer our food to all other pet parents who want the best for their pets, just like us. We use ingredients that include organic turkey, organic chicken, organic beef, organic blueberries, organic cranberries, organic apples, organic bananas, organic sweet potatoes, organic artichoke, organic broccoli, organic spinach, and organic olive oil, just to name a few. Not only are these ingredients organic, they also assist with an array of health benefits for pets, which include bright and clear eyes, strong immune systems, assistance with eliminating skin infections and allergies, as well as healthy stools and healthy shiny coats.
Q: What makes your pet food a little different from other pet foods?
Our company primarily uses organic, gourmet ingredients that are not typically found in pet food. Organic ingredients do not contain pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, growth hormones, GMO’s, by-products, artifi-
cial colors or flavors, or preservatives. The result is clean pet food with a superior nutritional value, the way nature intended. All Party Animal organic ingredients are USDA, OCIA International, or Oregon Tilth certified. The organic certification process requires each ingredient in Party Animal Pet Food products to be reviewed and approved by the organic certifying agency that is operated under the federal USDA National Organic Program. A complete breakdown of our formula, including sources of each ingredient, is required as part of the approval process. This independent third-party review and approval process is unique in pet food. Simply stated, when you see the USDA seal, under the USDA regulations, the product must contain a minimum of 95% organic ingredients.
Q: What are the plans for the future of Party Animal Pet Food?
Currently, we are in the process of launching an organic line of canned cat food. We are also formulating new organic canned dog food flavors, as well as an organic treat line.
We really listen to our customers, and the feedback they give us helps us determine what to add to our product line.
Party Animal is available throughout the nation at fine retailers as well as online (with free shipping!) at www.partyanimalpetfood.com.