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WellPet: focus on
freeze-dried, raw meat
premium pet food
WellPet CEO Camelle
Kent, here with her Yellow
Lab, Rommel, at the
company's headquarters in
Tewksbury, Massachusetts,
says the company's focus
on innovation will keep
it ahead of the industry
game in premium and
superpremium pet foods.
Photo courtesy WellPet

This independent company fast tracks
innovation to stay on top of the 'fourth
category' in premium pet food.
LINDSAY BEATON
WellPet, according to CEO Camelle Kent, has all the benefits
of being a 100 percent independent company combined with
being just the right size to take advantage of all its resources.
"We're still family owned, but we have a nice balance
of having size that allows us to innovate and do things like
purchasing Sojos (in January 2016) and WHIMZEES (in
February 2017), or restaging our Holistic Select brand, which
has a 100-percent independent focus," says Kent.
The company's history seems to bear that out. According to
Kent, WellPet was the first brand to introduce grain-free recipes
and is a forefather in the natural pet food space. WellPet's
focus now is the "fourth category," the company's name for
the growing fresh/freeze-dried/frozen and raw categories in
premium and superpremium pet food.
"We're really excited about where the fourth category is
going," says Kent. "We've been doing a lot of work in the
dehydrated space with our Wellness TruFood brand. [In 2017]
we introduced our first kibble-plus product, which is called
Wellness CORE RawRev, and that's our product that takes our
high-protein, grain-free CORE kibble and adds 100 percent
freeze-dried raw meat. It's the fastest-growing segment within
the fourth category because it's not requiring pet parents to
implement a change in behavior - they can still just pour the
food - and how we differentiate is we're the only ones who use
pure meat."
And now that the company has the Sojos facility at its
disposal, WellPet has expanded in-house specialty production
capabilities. This "is allowing us to produce the freeze-dried
meat ourselves, getting it to our facility in Indiana where we
produce our kibble, and so be in complete control of the manufacturing process, which nobody else is able to do right now,"
says Kent.
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Petfood Industry - January 2018
Contents
Top 2018 pet food trends: clean label, full transparency
Industry News
New Products
WellPet: focus on freeze-dried, raw meat premium pet food
3 pet food trends that continue to redefine the industry
Top pet health trends impacting pet nutrition research
Addressing health issues in older dogs with pet food
What to expect from FSMA pet food safety inspections
Petfood Forum Asia: innovation for rising pet food markets
How to convene a GRAS panel for novel pet food ingredients
Agar-agar: Gelling agent option for canned dog and cat foods
US pet food market to reach US$27 billion in 2018
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - January 2018 - Top 2018 pet food trends: clean label, full transparency
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Petfood Industry - January 2018 - Top pet health trends impacting pet nutrition research
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Petfood Industry - January 2018 - Addressing health issues in older dogs with pet food
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Petfood Industry - January 2018 - What to expect from FSMA pet food safety inspections
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Petfood Industry - January 2018 - Petfood Forum Asia: innovation for rising pet food markets
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Petfood Industry - January 2018 - How to convene a GRAS panel for novel pet food ingredients
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Petfood Industry - January 2018 - Agar-agar: Gelling agent option for canned dog and cat foods
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Petfood Industry - January 2018 - US pet food market to reach US$27 billion in 2018
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