ORIJEN

  • ORIJEN
  • Biologically Appropriate

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  • Fresh Regional Ingredients

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  • Never Outsourced

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Kitchens

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  • Advancing Our Foods

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  • Trusted Everywhere

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WORLD’S BEST KITCHEN. WORLD’S BEST FOOD.

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF A VIBRANT AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY, OUR DOGSTAR KITCHEN HAS ACCESS TO A MYRIAD OF SPECIALTY FAMILY FARMS WITH WHOM WE PARTNER FOR OUR SUPPLY OF TRUSTED INGREDIENTS.

ORIJEN features fresh and raw quality animal ingredients from regional meat, vegetables, fruit, and botanicals that are simply unmatched. Designed to make the most of our fresh ingredients, our DogStar Kitchen features state-of-the-art fresh food processing technologies (the first of their kind in the world) and ingredients go from farm to kitchen in three days, and from kitchen to food in two.

  • Capability for the highest fresh meat inclusions from our selection of over 50 fresh and regional ingredients
  • Compliance with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

HALF THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD

WORLD’S LARGEST PET FOOD COOLER

DogStar features 25,000 square feet of cooler space capable of holding 600,000 lbs of ingredients from over 50 fresh and raw quality animal ingredients, plus dozens of fresh, whole vegetables, fruit, and home-grown botanicals.

HALF THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD

WORLD’S LARGEST PET FOOD COOLER

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REGIONAL AND SEASONAL

IN-HOUSE PLATE FREEZERS

Not every fresh ingredient is available year round, so we equipped our DogStar Kitchen with nitrogen freezers capable of flash-freezing seasonal foods such as fresh, whole wild-caught fish and regional fruits, to preserve their goodness for future use.

REGIONAL AND SEASONAL

IN-HOUSE PLATE FREEZERS

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UNMATCHED FRESH MEAT VARIETY

HIGH-CAPACITY BLENDERS

Each ACANA and ORIJEN cooking line features dedicated, custom-built, high-capacity ingredient mixers capable of blending any number of fresh animal ingredients, vegetables, and fruit, and sized to reflect the dramatic increase of fresh meat in our foods.

UNMATCHED FRESH MEAT VARIETY

HIGH-CAPACITY BLENDERS

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TAKING THE CHILL OFF

VOTATORS BRING FRESH MEAT TO ROOM TEMPERATURE

Following fresh meat blending and prior to steam-cooking, our unique Votator Heat Exchangers bring chilled fresh ingredients to room temperature without introducing water or steam, which enables us to add even more fresh meat into our foods.

TAKING THE CHILL OFF

VOTATORS BRING FRESH MEAT TO ROOM TEMPERATURE

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KEEPING THINGS COOL

HIGH INTENSITY PRECONDITONERS

Referred to as “the most significant preconditioning development for extrusion cooking in the last 20 years,” our highintensity preconditioners were custom-built for DogStar, feeding fresh meats from the votators to the extruders at rates previously unheard of, and without high temperatures.

KEEPING THINGS COOL

HIGH INTENSITY PRECONDITONERS

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COOKING LOW AND SLOW

TWIN THERMAL EXTRUSION

At the heart of our kitchen is a twin thermal extruder which is fed fresh ingredients from our high-intensity preconditioner.

The first of its kind in North America, it took 11 months to build, and features custom steam injection to enable very high fresh meat inclusions and a gentle cooking process which helps further reduce the carbohydrates in our foods and preserves their natural goodness.

COOKING LOW AND SLOW

TWIN THERMAL EXTRUSION

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PROTECTING GOODNESS AND TASTE

MOISTURE REDUCTION

Moisture management is critical when making food with exceedingly high fresh meat inclusions. DogStar features a sequential drying and conveyance system that efficiently removes moisture at lower temperatures. Equipped with moisture and density monitoring, it provides real-time feedback to our kitchen control center, enabling instant adjustments for optimal moisture reduction.

  1. Custom conveyors with proprietary hood systems draw initial moisture from the food.
  2. Special pre-drying systems then remove additional moisture allowing the food to travel pneumatically to the final drying stage.
  3. A three-pass drying system gently turns over the food to remove final moisture.

PROTECTING GOODNESS AND TASTE

MOISTURE REDUCTION

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RICH, DELICIOUS FLAVOR

SEQUENTIAL FREEZE-DRIED INFUSIONS

Our Cuddon freeze-dry chambers create natural palatants from our fresh regional ingredients, which are then infused into our foods after drying through a sequential flow infusion process.

UNIQUE FATTY ACID PROFILES
A unique ‘tote bank system’ allows us to blend and create specific fatty acid profiles.

LOW-TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS
Essential oils are brought to 70°F with a proprietary ‘low heat’ system for optimal infusion.

STAGED INFUSIONS
For a rich, natural flavor, the first infusion for instance, might be a blend of cold-pressed fish oil, followed by freeze-dried tripe, and finished with freeze-dried liver.

RICH, DELICIOUS FLAVOR

SEQUENTIAL FREEZE-DRIED INFUSIONS

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BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE
FRESH REGIONAL INGREDIENTS
NEVER OUTSOURCED