The Petfood & Animal Nutrition 2.0 Innovation Awards honored eleven winners on October 20 at an awards reception at the Chicago Hilton.
The year-long program is designed to celebrate companies demonstrating innovative, disruptive thinking across the pet nutrition market.
“This year’s honorees run the gamut when it comes to innovative animal nutrition products,” said Karen Butler, editor-in-chief of Petfood & Animal Nutrition 2.0. “It’s exciting to see pioneering companies with 40 to 60 years’ experience reinventing themselves to stay competitive, right alongside newer businesses who are drawing from cutting-edge research and technology to deliver nutrients in novel applications.”
The winners included:
Caru Pet Food, the first North American pet food manufacturer to use Tetra Pak technology for a non-liquid animal-nourishment product.
Champion Petfoods, which manufactures biologically appropriate dog and cat foods from fresh regional ingredients in-house.
Clear Conscience Pet, which combines its CleanLabel platform of pure, pronounceable and purposeful ingredients with the reinvention of the pet chew, treat and meal-topper categories.
Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, a company that has revolutionized the delivery of raw, frozen meals to the doorsteps of dog and cat owners across the United States.
Equivision Inc, a specialist in custom equine supplements with offerings that range from vitamins and minerals to formulas addressing specific needs.
Fromm Family Foods, a family owned and operated manufacturer that launched the concept of small-batch premium pet foods in 1949.
Functional Nutriments, offering proprietary canine nutraceuticals with ingredients that support natural cell health.
K10 Holdings, a company that has developed water-soluble supplements and chewables with a dissolvable technology that facilitate absorption.
Look Who’s Happy, which produces U.S.-sourced meat and poultry jerky treats in its own plant and has helped to rebuild transparency and trust in the category.
Open Farm, which boasts a third-party audited and certified humane supply chain and has set a new bar for sustainability efforts.
Solid Gold Pet, a holistic pet food company founded in 1974 that unveiled a bold, hip new brand expression in 2015.
“We congratulate this year’s winners for their accomplishments,” Butler said. “We’re encouraged by the amount of innovation in the animal nutrition market, and look forward to seeing how products and companies continue to evolve in the coming years.”