Sourcing and Manufacturing

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.

Ingredient Sources

 

Raw Frozen and Freeze Dry Diets

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-2 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.

goatmilk HARLOW HILLS FARM – GOAT Milk

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.

coconut-oil 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.

Enhance Products

 hemp-oil2 CBD Oil – We source our oils from both the Netherlands and locally in Colorado. The oil comes from fully traceable hemp from seed to shell and uses chemical free CO2 extraction. All hemp oil goes through 3rd party lab testing for potency, pesticides, and heavy metals.  hemp-protein Hemp Protein comes from Hemp Oil Canada who hemp protein is produced by the mechanical milling of hemp defatted hemp seed leaving us with a powder that is 43% or 50% protein content powder. It is allergen-free, GMO-free and free from estrogen mimickers.
 coconut-flour Coconut Flour – The organic coconut flour is from Green Bulk in California.  cranberrie Cranberry – Our cranberries come from the Terra Beata farms in Nova Scotia Canada. The cranberries are not pressed or juiced prior to drying and there is no additives or preservatives such as fibers, sulfates or oils.
 turmeric Tumeric is sourced from India by Elements LLC. It is tested for contaminants such as heavy metals, led, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and pesticides.  yucca Yucca is sourced from Trouw Nutrition who gets it from the stem of the plant that has not been pressed or de-juiced.  It provides saponin activity, as well as resveratrol, a natural antioxidant. It contains no preservative or carries.
 bromelain Bromelain comes from Enzeco out of New York. This food grade proteolytic enzyme is derived mostly from the lower  portion of a mature pineapple plant stems.  sirulina Spirulina – Also comes from Trouw nutrition who sources it from multiple vendors with the county of origin as the US, India, and Turkey. It is tested and clear of preservatives, pesticides or radiation.
 chia Chia is sourced from Bunker Foods who gets the product from Argentina. They are quality certified by SGS and Kosher by KLBD. The non-GMO seeds are not irradiated or pressure pasteurized.  parsley Parsley/Cilantro comes from Silva who sources the ingredients from the IsrelIsraelmany, Hungary, Holand or Poland.  The parsley and cilantro are field fresh, washed, trimmed and dried. They are tested for pesticides and are GMO-free.
 dandelion Dandelion comes from Trouw and has Germany as the country of origin. The ingredient comes entirely from the leaves of the plant and is not pressed or juiced.  milk-thistle Milk Thistle is sourced from High Quality Organics who certifies that it is GMO-free. They partner with hundreds of family farms in over 40 countries. The milk thistle comes from either Croatia, Germany or Morocco.

 

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 high-pressure processing (HPP) or irradiation.  HPP can denature 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 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.

Raw food is always going to contain the potential for bacteria, and that is why we encourage safe food handling practices.  See this article 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.