Production

 

Steve’s Real Food is made at our dedicated facility in Aumsville, OR, under the most rigorous quality control standards in the industry.

All the ingredients are, of course, human quality. The produce is fresh, pesticide-free, and triple-washed to ensure it is clean and wholesome.

In the wild, our pets would get the important minerals found in vegetables from the stomachs and digestive tracks of their prey. Because of this we finely chop the produce, breaking the cell walls to allow the dog or cat to fully digest the nutrients in imitation of nature.  We then mix the vegetables with the meat, finely crushed bone, and our special nutrient blend of superfoods. Once the food is blended, we form it into nuggets or patties and flash freeze the food to –50 Degrees Fahrenheit to lock in freshness, nutrition, and taste.

Heat is the number one enemy of nutrition for pets. The warmer the food, the faster the nutrients degrade, and many nutrients and all enzymes are lost when food heats 117 degrees – making kibble almost nutritionally worthless. Steve’s Real Food is made in a refrigerated facility, and all the meat and vegetables are kept below 27 degrees Fahrenheit at all times.

Our food is manufactured under USDA and HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) guidelines on sterilized processing equipment. We take all possible measures to prevent contamination. Every person that enters the facility wears sterilized clothing and footwear, hair nets, and gloves. We do runs of less than 1,000 pounds at a time, which takes a little over an hour per run. We sterilize between each batch, allowing for constant cleaning of the equipment.

Product Testing

We regularly test our foods for Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, & Campylobacter to ensure our product’s safety. We also test our foods for pesticides, even though our food sources are of such high quality and good sourcing that bacteria and pesticide residue is very unlikely. In addition, the flash freezing process eliminates the possibility of parasites.

Transport

To keep the food frozen and viable, Steve’s products require special refrigerated freight trucks that can ensure continuous freezing below -27 degrees. We go to great efforts working with our transportation partners, distributors and retailers to minimize the opportunity for the product to defrost before making it to your freezer.

Unlike other raw brands, you can tell if our product has been frozen continuously before it reaches you. When thawed, our food loses its nugget/cube shape, allowing you to determine whether it is safe for your pet. When a chub or medallion (like those made by other brands) is thawed, it will retain its shape, leaving the customer unaware of potentially unsafe transit temperatures and posing a potential health risk.  In everything we do, you can see the difference with Steve’s.

Did you know Steve’s Real Food is an Eco-Friendly Company?

  • We manufacture all our products in Oregon where we use Hydroelectric Power.
  • All our Steve’s packaging is 100% recycled and fully recyclable.
  • Raw food production uses much less energy than dry or canned pet food, as we don’t need to heat anything and we don’t use HPP.
  • 66% of our staff at headquarters drive electric or hybrid powered vehicles, or use public transit.  Not on purpose – that’s just the kind of people we hire.