Sourcing and Manufacturing

 SOURCING

 

Where do we buy our ingredients?

All of the building blocks that go into making Steve’s Real Foods are sourced and purchased solely from companies that are as committed to quality as we are. Our farms have USDA status, they only sell human-grade quality meats, and they are owned and operated within the United States.

If you want an honest product, you need to start with an honest company.  Steve’s Real Food believes in full disclosure, and we want to educate our customers, not just sell to them. Our target market is the customer who thoroughly researches before buying. The more thorough a pet-parent is, the more likely they are to purchase our product.

We buy our ingredients from the following list of companies.  They welcome any questions you may have.

 

CLICK ON THE INGREDIENT FOR THE LINK TO THE COMPANY WEBSITE

Beef

BARTELS
BEEF

Our all natural, grass-fed BEEF is raised in Eugene, OR. The Bartels family takes great pride in not only the quality of their products but in their sustainable practices and the humane handling of all their animals. They are inspected annually for food safety and animal welfare by third party experts and are obtaining Level II Food Safety and Food Quality certification. Chicken

DRAPER VALLEY FARMS CHICKEN

Draper Valley Farms has been raising their POULTRY with no added antibiotics, hormones, or preservatives since 1935. Every humanely raised chicken is vegetarian fed, the way nature intended it. As with most Northwest Companies, they emphasize the importance of running a sustainable plant and take extra effort to recycle and conserve water.

 

Pork

FALLS BRAND
PORK

Falls Brand is operated by a small farming community of Hutterite Farmers who hold all things common in Montana. Their humanely-raised pork hails from in Twin Falls, Idaho, by the Independent Meat Company, founded in 1904 and family owned for five generations.  They only work with humanely raised, sustainable, family-owned farms like Falls Brand, and encourage diversified and sustainable farms. Duck

MAPLE LEAF FARMS
DUCK

The Tucker family sets the direction for the company, based on its values of commitment to family, community involvement, and, of course, quality DUCK. All their sustainable programs are based on systems that are ethically grounded, scientifically verified and economically viable. They have consolidated their live production supply chain, reduced energy and water use, and improved their irrigation water.

 

Produce

NORPAC
PRODUCE

Owned by more than 240 Willamette Valley farmers, Norpac is recognized as one of the largest PRODUCE processors in Oregon. All their fruits and veggies are packaged in one of five state-of-the-art facilities within four hours of harvest. They focus sustainability efforts on the conservation of water and soil resources, the preservation and recycling of nutrients, and the enhancement of their local wildlife habitat. goat

HARLOW HILLS FARM
GOAT

Kristina Harlow and her husband bought an old dairy farm when they decided to trade in their corporate life for a country lifestyle. Their 10-acre farm contains a winery as well as a goat farm for dairy and meat.  Their primary focus is on sustainable farming and holistic animal care. The definition of a small family owned farm; the Harlows have embraced the beauty of living from the earth in a sustainable, conscious way.

 

Turkey

PITMAN FAMILY FARMS
TURKEY

Family owned, our turkey farmers have been raising poultry since 1954.  They have been certified by the Non-GMO Project, and their turkeys are Free-range, vegetarian, hormone and antibiotic free.  Raised in California, you can purchase Mary’s turkeys (named after the family matriarch)  in Whole Foods and select grocery stores around the country – particularly around the holidays. Suppliments

TROUW NUTRITION
SUPPLEMENTS

Steve’s Real Food seeks out the highest quality supplements, from our organic coconut oil that comes from Nutiva, to our kelp that is manually harvested and solar dried. All these ingredients are carefully sourced to ensure safety and nutritional quality, which keeps your pet’s level of health optimal.

 

 

Want to know more about our supplements, produce, and why each ingredient is in our food?  Check out this video. 

 

MANUFACTURING

 

 

NO HPP

Unlike many raw brands out there, we do not use any harmful sterilization processes such as high-pressure processing (HPP) or irradiation.  HPP denatures enzymes; these are integral molecules needed to sustain almost every metabolic process. Your pets do not naturally produce enough enzymes and, therefore, must get them from RAW food. By using a harsh process such as HPP you are removing the very reason we feed raw, and it is possible that harmful bacteria can survive the process – leaving it to thrive with no good bacteria to keep it in balance. Also, some (non-pet) companies are currently undergoing legal battles around their marketing use of the word “raw” while using HPP – which many other “raw” dog foods use.

Raw food is always going to contain the potential for bacteria, and that is why we encourage safe food handling practices.  See this article by one of our employees, published in Dog’s Naturally Magazine, for more information.

OUR FACTORY

Our goal at Steve’s Real Food is to provide your pets (and our own) with the healthiest food possible, which means only adding the highest quality, Human-Grade raw meats and produce to our diets.  Our food is manufactured under USDA and HACCP guidelines, and stored at temperatures below freezing.  We make our formulas with sterilized processing equipment to prevent any possibility of contamination, and our machines undergo rigorous cleaning after every round of production – about every hour and a half.  Every time you enter the facility you are required to wash your hands/forearms and dip your footwear in a chlorine foot bath. You have an obligation to wear sterilized clothing, hair/beard nets & gloves to protect the product from contamination.

We keep our food clean by using high-quality ingredients and following strict manufacturing processes. The FDA and the Oregon Department of Agriculture regularly inspect our factory, and both have shown approval for the high standards of cleanliness and quality they found there, remarking that our facilities go beyond their expectations.

 

Are you still looking for more? Watch the video below that we shot during a plant tour we hosted. The camera is a bit shaky because the factory is kept below 40 degrees, another safety measure to prevent the spread of bacteria.

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