Recipes and Ingredients
All of the krill, fish oil and fish meal used in the dry SPECIFIC diets are certified by either Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) , IFFO RS Standard or Friends of the Sea. We regularly review our top ten ingredients, assessing the risk of scarcity and putting in place plans if we feel there is a growing risk. We have recently started to use algae, in our new sardine cat food, this ingredient is a rich source of omega-3 and has a number of benefits:
As well as ensuring the provenance of our ingredients we are also interested in how these ingredients are produced. The sardine used in our new cat food are caught, in MSC certified fisheries, using a low impact ring netting system. With trawl netting the nets are towed through the water. With ring netting, a net is used to encircle a shoal of fish forming a deep curtain of netting suspended vertically through the water, the net is then drawn in. There are a number of advantages to ring netting, and they are:
In 2018 we changed the packaging of our cat food, reducing bag height, using thinner bags and introducing a flat bottom. This reduced plastic use by 3,000kgs per year. In 2020, we made the same changes to our range of dog food. All of our cardboard cartons are now FSC certified.
In 2020, we launched a new range of organic diets including dry foods in recyclable bags. Virtually no dry pet foods are currently in recyclable packaging. The reason is that dry pet food bags have to provide both excellent barrier properties and strength to handle the supply chains, and up to now the only way to achieve this was to use bags made from two or three layers of different types of plastic. Because they are a mix of different types of plastic, they are generally unsuitable for recycling. Our new organic dry food bags are made from layers of the same type of plastic but with a gas barrier between the layers. This gives packaging that is both lighter and stronger than conventional bags but because it is a single type of plastic, it can be recycled where collection systems allow. The organic diets are the start and we are committed to having all of our Specific diets in recyclable packaging by 2023.