Celebrating 20 years in business, Redbarn Pet Products takes pride in producing premium, all-natural pet food and treats for dogs and cats.
As kids, Jeff Baikie and Howard Bloxam were avid hockey players. In fact, they first met and made friends while playing a hockey game in Canada. When the boys grew up, they went their separate ways, both becoming entrepreneurs in different fields. But they never lost touch with each other, and in the early 1990s, they began talking about starting a company together. The result was Redbarn Pet Products, which specializes in premium dog and cat food and treats.
“They recognized a need for a healthy, wholesome dog food that was developed, produced and sold with integrity, honesty and top quality ingredients,” says Allison Arcos, the company’s media marketing manager. Their very first product was a premium rolled dog food made from natural, quality ingredients, and it was an immediate success. “It quickly prompted many requests for matching quality treats,” says Allison, adding that a bully stick was next to be introduced.
Today, two decades later, Redbarn offers over 200 premium food and treat products for dogs and cats. They range from rolled dog foods to canned patés and stews for both dogs and cats, all made from natural ingredients and including protein sources such as beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, duck and salmon. The patés are all-natural and grain-free. “Every recipe in the paté line features added functional ingredients to support common health issues such as immune support, weight control, and skin and joint health,” says Allison, “‘Superfoods’ like green-lipped mussel, dandelion greens, brewer’s yeast and salmon oil, respectively, have anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids that support a dog or cat’s optimal health.”
The treat line is just as extensive, and features a huge variety of natural bully sticks, bones, antlers and chews for dogs, along with turkey, chicken and salmon semi-moist treats for cats. “Our goal has always been to produce healthy, wholesome and innovative pet foods and treats,” says Allison, adding that educating customers as well as maintaining high standards of quality at their manufacturing plant in Great Bend, Kansas are also important aspects of the Redbarn mission.
“We care about pets in need,” Allison continues. “We donate our products to a variety of charitable organizations. Jeff and Howie started Redbarn with the belief that all pets deserve high quality, natural food and treats. For the past ten years, we have been donating food, treats and chews to shelters, rescue groups, and other animal-related organizations. In 2015, we donated over $140,000 worth of products and provided over 2,000 meals for animals in need.
Allison is as proud of Redbarn as its founders are. “I love interacting with our customers and reading the testimonials submitted about our products. Every day, I read about a positive interaction a dog or cat experienced with our products. It’s incredibly rewarding to make products that consumers trust and their animals enjoy.”
Ann Brightman is Managing Editor for Animal Wellness Magazine and Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. A lifelong animal lover, she has also been a writer and editor for over 25 years. Ann is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and is also a Tai Chi instructor.