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PROCESSOR PROFILE
From left: Dave
McLain, founder,
president and chief
executive officer,
and Brad Teasley,
director of operations
at the Ogden,
Utah, facility,
believe in Alphia's
mission to lead
from the front.
develop market-leading pet foods, from concept to distribution.
In 1989, the company expanded, adding a facility
in Woodland, Wash., and then added another in
Hazleton, Pa., in 2006. Jack's son Bill later took over as
president and CEO of the company.
Chuck and Joyce Kuenzi started C.J. Foods in 1986,
originally to make a ready-to-eat breakfast cereal called
Cornhusker All Stars. In 1991, upon Chuck's death, his
son John took over and started the company's journey
into the pet food industry, leading C.J. Foods to make
dry kibble for more than 40 of the top US super-premium
and ultra-premium brands. The company produced
nearly a half billion pounds of extruded pet food and
treats annually in its Pawnee City, Neb., and Bern, Kan.,
facilities. Additionally, the company acquired Day Six Pet
Nutrition and its plant in Baxter Springs, Kan., in 2016.
Lortscher Animal Nutrition, now known as LANI,
contributes more than 60 years of pet food experience
developing more than 800 ingredients. Its facility specializes
in custom manufacturing large-scale flour blends and
unique micro blends. And, Veracity Logistics provides
transportation and distribution services, offering
warehousing, a fulfillment center and
cost-efficient transportation services.
" Alphia is all of those entities
brought together, " McLain said.
" As the super-premium pet food
business grew from the 2000s
on, we needed to be able to
support national and international
contract manufacturing,
which means you can't just have
a regional manufacturing footEmployees
help load large kibble
bags onto the filler in the packaging room.
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print, you need a national footprint. For private label,
if you're servicing a national retail network, you need a
network of manufacturing that fits that. "
Today, Alphia provides its customers with a national
network of processing facilities and distribution services
from coast to coast. The company has plants that produce
dry cat and dog food in Hazelton, Pa., Pawnee City, Neb.,
Bern, Kan., Baxter Springs, Kan., and Woodland, Wash.,
as well as a single-protein jerky treat plant in Hilmar, Calif.
Its Ogden, Utah, manufacturing site features both dry cat
and dog food production and dog treat capabilities.
We don't take any short
cuts, we don't make any
sacrifices. If it's wrong, it's just
wrong and we get rid of it. "
Dave McLain, Alphia
" We took the best processes at each of the companies
and incorporated those into our system. We had to integrate
everything - process, systems, receiving, etc., "
McLain said. " What we did was make sure we had one
standardized process throughout. "
First and foremost
While most pet food processors take pet food safety seriously,
McLain takes it personally. He looks back to the
2007 melamine crisis during which thousands of pounds
of pet food were recalled after cats and dogs started dying
of kidney failure. The culprit was later found to be wheat
gluten from China that was adulterated with melamine
and cyanuric acid, which were used to provide a higher
protein content in the wheat gluten. The chemical combination
proved to be deadly after crystals formed in pets'
kidneys later leading to kidney failure and death. Industry
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