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PROCESSOR PROFILE
Across two locations
sitting five miles
apart in Portland,
Northwest Naturals
has 165,000 square
feet of manufacturing
space and one of the
largest privatelyowned
rooftop solar
installations in the
Portland metro.
innovations in the pet food space that include food safety
technologies, freeze-drying, sustainability initiatives
and solar energy.
Northwest Naturals believes a raw food diet offers
the right nutrition and delivers that nutrition in a more
beneficial way. Today, Northwest Naturals manufactures
raw frozen pet diets for both dogs and cats, as well as
raw frozen beef bones and chicken, duck and turkey
necks. The company also manufactures a full line of
freeze-dried pet foods and single-ingredient treats.
Raw safely
In 2009, the Morasch brothers learned about high pressure
processing (HPP) and, after some research and a
trip by their father to Sweden to learn more about the
HPP process, they purchased their first Avure 100-litre
HPP machine and set up a subsidiary company called
Pressure Safe that is part of the JBT/Avure tolling network
in the Pacific Northwest. The company doesn't
currently provide HPP services
for other companies because
they are too busy with their
own products. Pressure Safe
currently has two HPP systems,
an Avure -QFP 100L and an
Avure AV-X.
" We basically got
into the
first batch of HPP work and
realized that we had something
that preserved the food values
and at the same time gave a
very clean product to the consumer
that met all of the needs, "
Morasch said.
Northwest Naturals uses the
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acronym HPCP because they use chilled water in their
high-pressure, cold processing machines. For both raw
frozen and freeze-dried formulations, recipes are first
blended, then bulk packaged for HPCP, and afterward
formed and individually quick frozen (IQF) to preserve
product integrity. Some formulas are then freeze dried.
" HPCP is an important part of Northwest Naturals'
food safety program and ensuring the safety of our products, "
Snell said. " [HPCP] is also attractive for consumers
because it meets the demand for safe raw pet food
products through non-thermal processing. It inactivates
harmful microorganisms at low temperatures, while
valuable nutritional components such as proteins, fats,
vitamins, minerals and enzymes remain unaffected. "
HPCP is just one piece of Northwest Naturals' food
safety program. Stringent USDA food safety guidelines
apply equally to the company's human food and pet food
manufacturing processes.
" Northwest Naturals is made in an active USDA human
food facility, " Snell explained. " All ingredients are
inspected and must pass USDA guidelines by our onsite
USDA inspectors. Federal meat inspectors are onsite at
both plants every day on every shift to verify our food
safety programs. Even though we are making pet food,
we are required to use all USDA-inspected and passed
ingredients. "
All Northwest Naturals products are made in house
from beginning to end in the same facilities that produce
products for Morasch Meats. Co-owner Morasch is
particularly proud of the quality of ingredients used for
the company's pet food products.
" We can't bring anything into our facilities that isn't
Most of Northwest Naturals' complete-and-balanced recipes are
available in both raw frozen and freeze-dried formats.
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