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WESTERN CANADA’S ROLLING FOOTHILL FARMS, VAST RANCHES, FERTILE PRAIRIES AND COLD CLEAR WATERS ARE OUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND FRESH REGIONAL INGREDIENTS.

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In today’s complex world of multinational producers, commodity ingredients of unknown origin and food outsourcing, knowing where your food comes from has taken on a new importance.

THAT’S WHY WE NEVER BUY COMMODITY INGREDIENTS OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN.

From cage-free poultry, nest-laid eggs, wild-caught fish and ranch-raised meats to sun-ripened fruits and berries, our fresh ingredients are raised locally by people we know and trust, passed fit for human consumption, and delivered to our kitchen doors fresh so they’re bursting with goodness.

  • MEKO FARMS, WESTLOCK, ALBERTA
    Cage-free Cobb chicken

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    Aleida & Gerben of Meko Farms near Westlock, Alberta, are typical of our regional chicken suppliers — family businesses that take great pride in the welfare and quality of their chickens.

    HOW ARE YOUR CHICKENS RAISED?
    Our chickens are raised in open-concept barns with a clean bedding of straw on the floor where they are free to roam, feed, roost and nest. Our birds have continuous access to clean fresh drinking water.

    WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR CHICKENS?
    Our chickens are grain fed. Their feed is comprised of grain (60% wheat, corn or barley), a protein source (soybean meal, canola meal), vitamins, minerals, amino acids and a fat source for energy.

    WHAT ABOUT HORMONES AND ANTIBIOTICS?
    Our chickens are not fed hormones. In fact, hormone use is not practiced in Canada and has been illegal for over 30 years!

    DO YOU KEEP YOUR CHICKENS IN CAGES?
    No, our chickens are raised in climate controlled barns to protect them from harsh winters, hot summers, predators and disease—they are not confined and are free to roam.
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  • Pine Park Turkey Farms, Alberta
    Cage-free Alberta Turkey

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    Astrid Velthuis of Pine Park Turkey Farms near Edmonton, Alberta, takes pride in ensuring the humane treatment and care of her turkeys, and providing safe, highly nutritious and great-tasting food to consumers.

    WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR TURKEYS?
    For their optimal health and development, our turkeys are fed balanced diets of grains and oilseeds, including corn, soya, wheat, barley and canola. Our turkeys have free access to feed 24 hours a day, which means they can help themselves to food or water at any time.

    WHAT ABOUT HORMONES AND STERIODS?
    Absolutely not! In Canada, turkeys are NOT given hormones or steroids! These have been illegal for over 30 years. It is scientific advancements such as selective breeding, better feed formulation and management practices that are responsible for our larger, healthier turkeys.

    DO YOU KEEP YOUR TURKEYS IN CAGES?
    Our turkeys are free to roam on floors that are covered with soft, dry bedding in our environmentally-controlled barns that provide protection from predators, disease and bad weather, which is monitored, as per Turkey Farmers of Canada’s Flock Care Program.
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  • King Cole Ducks
    Cage-free Canadian Duck

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    Founded in 1951 by Jim & Marg Murby in Newmarket, Ontario, King Cole Ducks is run by third-generation family members over-seeing 14 farms throughout the York Region.

    WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR DUCKS?
    Our commitment to premium duck begins with our unique feeding program, using a special blend of corn, wheat and natural source proteins created by our team of nutritionists. Only fresh well water is used to complete the diet.

    WHAT ABOUT HORMONES AND STERIODS?
    We guarantee no growth hormones or medications in our ducks. Our ducks are gluten free and you will never find a solution of added water and salt…only 100% natural duck!

    DO YOU KEEP YOUR DUCKS IN CAGES?
    One of the keys to the quality of our ducks: our birds are raised free run in a stress-free environment. Our ducks are raised in spacious well ventilated barns with plenty of room to roam and develop naturally; protected from the elements, predators or outside viruses. As an element of our strict bio-security measures, the barns are washed down, disinfected and cleaned out daily.
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  • Rosalind Colony, Camrose
    Cage-free Eggs

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    Produced under exclusive contract by local Hutterite partners in Camrose, Alberta, our cage-free eggs are delivered fresh, whole and loaded with goodness.

    HOW MANY GENERATIONS HAS YOUR COLONY BEEN IN EGG FARMING?
    We are fifth generation egg farmers and have been egg farming since our colony was established in 1920.

    WHY DID YOU FIRST GET INTO EGG FARMING?
    Egg farming started out as a way to feed the colony, with surplus eggs being sold to people in local communities.

    ARE YOUR HENS FED HORMONES?
    No. The use of hormones in poultry in Canada is illegal. Hens are not given any hormones.

    WHAT DOES BEING AN EGG FARMER MEAN TO YOU?
    Egg farming is a way of life. We get to feed the public with good, high quality, nutritious food.

    WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING AN EGG FARMER?
    Providing a fresh, nutritious product that is supplied by the animals we raise and care for. Eggs should be appreciated for the level of quality and excellent nutrition. Canadian eggs are world class and Canadian consumers get them locally produced.

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  • Spring Creek Beef
    Ranch-raised Angus Beef

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    Kirstin Kotelko is the fourth generation of the Kotelko family. Today, her dad Bern and Uncle Mike run the ranch and partner in Growing Power — Canada’s first integrated Bio Refinery that produces Green Power and Bio Fertilizer.

    Located in the heart of pristine Alberta farming country, Spring Creek uses Nature’s simple recipe of fresh air, clean water, and prairie grains to produce world-class beef with savory flavor and nutritional benefits.

    WHAT MAKES SPRING CREEK SPECIAL?
    Like you, we have a keen interest in knowing the food we eat is made with care, safety, traceability and the environment. That’s why we’ve developed rigorous protocols for Spring Creek Ranch Beef including:

    • Outstanding Angus genetics
    • A wholesome diet of forages and rolled barley
    • No added hormones, additives, antibiotics, or steroids – ever
    • Compassionate animal care
    • Accountability and traceability

    HOW DO YOU RAISE YOUR CATTLE?
    At Spring Creek we raise our cattle without the use of added hormones, steroids, antibiotics or additives of any kind. Our beef is pasture raised and then grain fed on a specially formulated diet of wholesome grains and forage, all with exceptional and compassionate animal care and humane treatment.

    WHAT ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY?
    The biggest investor in our business is Mother Nature. As ranchers, we need liberal access to fresh water, clean air and healthy soil for crop production and grazing. That’s why Spring Creek partners with the Growing Power Group; an innovative organization that is committed to Growing Power, the green way.

    Our integrated Bio Refinery; the first in Canada, employs patented technologies to convert bio waste into energy products including Fuel Ethanol, Green Power (over 2500 homes are powered with Spring Creek manure) and Bio fertilizer, an odourless, natural fertilizer that sustains and nurtures soil quality.
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  • Canadian Rangeland Bison
    Ranch-raised Alberta Bison

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    Thomas Ackermann of Canadian Rangeland Bison values animal welfare and minimizing the environmental impact of ranching. Featuring bison sourced and raised locally in Lacombe Alberta, the bison travel less than an hour to the abattoir,  reducing stress and ultimately preserving the top meat quality.

    WHAT MAKES CANADIAN RANGELAND BISON SPECIAL?
    Canadian Rangeland is proud to be one of the very few certified marketers of bison. In collaboration with SGS, one of the world’s leading certification bodies, we developed a yearly audited program to ensure the top quality of the bison from the gate to the plate.

    HOW DO YOU RAISE YOUR BISON?
    A major part of the Canadian Rangeland Bison are born and raised on the Pilatus Bison Farm near Bentley AB. The vast grasslands in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains are ideal pasture grounds for the bison cow herds.

    DO YOU USE GROWTH HORMONES?
    Absolutely not. Our Bison are 100% pure and natural, which means no antibiotics and no growth promotants of any kind.

    ARE BISON AN EXTINCT OR AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?
    No to both questions. At the turn of the century, there were as few as 800 to 1000 bison in North America. Public organizations and private ranchers then began to nurture the herds back. Bison number over 500,000 today and are on a steady increase due to the popularity of bison products, and the benefits of raising bison for the environment and ranchers across North America.
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  • Smokin Elk Ranch
    Ranch-raised Alberta Elk

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    Since its beginning in the early 80′s, the elk industry in Alberta has grown to approximately 450 farms. Elk producers are a dynamic, innovative, and energetic group of people that come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

    Active members of the Alberta Venison Council (AVC), Bill and Carolin of Smokin Elk Ranch in Alberta typify local elk and bison suppliers – family ranches with a strong connection to land, community and animal welfare.

    HOW DO YOU RAISE YOUR ELK?
    Our elk are born and raised on our prairie ranch in Morinville, Alberta where they are maintained on pasture year round, benefiting from rich grasses, hay and oats.

    DO YOU USE GROWTH HORMONES?
    No. Our Elk are all raised naturally without hormones and antibiotics or growth promotants of any kind.
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  • Hog Wild
    Ranch-raised Wild Boar

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    Earl & Deb Hagman own and operate Hog Wild Specialties in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada. With assistance from their children Jill, Greg & Will, they started raising wild boar in February of 1991 and now have 300-700 animals of varying ages.

    HOW DO YOU RAISE YOUR WILD BOAR?
    Our animals are raised as naturally as possible with no immunizations or growth hormones. Their natural diet is supplemented with minerals to ensure peak health and conditioning.

    Wild boar like jumping (over fences usually), rooting, and lots of space (a half acre per sow is ideal). They like to have round bales of straw or bush to build their nests in. Any old buildings or sheds that they can make use of for winter windbreaks is great.

    WHAT DO WILD BOAR EAT?
    Our animals’ diets primarily consist of hay, alfalfa, and grain. They farrow outdoors in any weather and do not require any assistance.

    In summer they naturally graze on pasture with access to a limited amount of grain while in the winter they are fed alfalfa hay, grain & silage. Farrowing sows are always fed some grain to ensure an adequate milk supply.

    DO YOU USE GROWTH HORMONES?
    No. Our animals are raised as naturally as possible with no immunizations or growth hormones.
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  • Tangle Ridge Ranch
    Pasture-raised Alberta Lamb

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    With a goal to create a sustainable farm and provide a healthy living and lifestyle for their family, Shayne and Vicky’s adventure on Tangle Ridge Ranch started in May of 2007 when they were married, moved onto the ranch and started to convert the crop field back to grass.

    Emblematic of local ranching partners, Shayne and Vicky believe that taking care of the land is key to taking care of their animals, and use their sheep as land management tools, rotating them around pastures to fertilize, aerate and harvest the bountiful Alberta forages.

    HOW DO YOU RAISE YOUR LAMB?
    Our lamb is pure pasture raised without supplementing with grain. Grass finished meat has been shown to be higher in Vitamin E, beta-carotene, Omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), all which provide a health benefit to the consumer.

    All of our ewes lamb right out on pasture. This fresh grass provides a high plane of nutrition for our new moms and the mild weather conditions give our newborns the best start to life.
    To protect our sheep from predators, our sheepdog, Mojito, spends his entire life out in the pasture with the sheep. He watches them closely and takes pride in his job as a protector.

    WHAT DO YOUR LAMB EAT?
    Our healthy land provides bountiful forages and clean pastures that allow us to raise our animals without the use of antibiotics or hormones. All of these elements work together to produce a high quality, healthy eating experience.

    DO YOU USE GROWTH HORMONES?
    Growth hormones are not used in lamb production. And although reproductive hormones are often used in our industry to have ewes lamb at the same time or out of season, we match our lambing season to nature, and are able to have our ewes bred without the use of hormones.
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  • Freshwater Fish Company of Canada
    Wild-caught freshwater fish

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    At Freshwater Fish, we pride ourselves on providing the world’s best wild-caught freshwater fish products from fish sustainably harvested from the pristine lakes of Canada. Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba – the heart of Canada’s inland commercial fishery – we are world-renowned for the high quality and consistent supply of our catch dating back to 1969.

    WHAT MAKES YOUR FISH SPECIAL?
    Canada’s cold, pristine lakes and rivers hold an abundance of top-quality freshwater species – and Freshwater Fish prides itself on providing the world’s best wild-caught freshwater fish from the world’s greatest freshwater country.

    Our walleye, lake whitefish, northern pike and numerous other species come from more than 2,000 fishers who harvest from hundreds of lakes within the region – each catch measuring up to our five points of difference: our wide reach, quality, resources, taste and a commitment to diversity set us apart.

    ARE YOUR FISH SUSTAINABLE? WILD-CAUGHT?
    Yes. Our fish – by virtue of our lakes – is an abundant and healthy resource. All species are wild-caught from the clean, pristine lakes of northern and western Canada – waters monitored constantly for pollution and containing sustainable populations.

    WHO CATCHES YOUR FISH?
    We celebrate diversity among fishers. Commercial fishing is often one of the primary economic opportunities available to residents in the many remote communities where Freshwater Fish proudly operates.

    HOW ARE THE FISH PROCESSED?
    We know food safety is of the utmost importance to our customers. Quality control begins the moment one of our fishers pulls catch from one of our pristine Canadian lakes. Fish are packed in ice slurry, and then hygienically and quickly transported.

    WHAT ABOUT FOOD SAFETY?
    Our facility is federally-inspected, HACCP and Orthodox Union (OU) certified. We have an unwavering commitment to quality and food safety in all our processing and stand behind our procedures, 100 per cent.
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  • Keltic Seafoods
    Wild-caught saltwater fish

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    Established December 1, 2000, Keltic Seafoods Ltd. is located in pristine Port Hardy, off North Vancouver Island, in the centre of the prime Pacific west coast fishing grounds.

    WHAT MAKES KELTIC SEAFOODS SPECIAL?
    Our strategic location in Port Hardy means we are able to off load and process fish in hours of their being caught. It also means we have access to some of the world’s most pristine and productive fishing waters off North Vancouver Island.

    HOW ARE YOUR FISH PROCESSED?
    We are a federally registered processing plant, approved to export worldwide, including the European Union. Approved and certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), all of our fish are processed under rigid standards and procedures strictly controlled by CFIA.

    ARE YOUR FISH SUSTAINABLE? WILD-CAUGHT?
    Our flounder, herring, pilchard and hake are all wild-caught. Depending on season and annual fishing quotas, our salmon can be either wild-caught or locally farmed.

    We are committed to sustainability, and participate in fisheries that are managed wisely to ensure the long-term sustainability of wild and natural fish stocks as well as the economic stability of coastal communities.
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  • Sunfresh Farms
    Local fruits and vegetables

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    Sunfresh Farms is a cooperative owned by Alberta farmers who grow fresh, great-tasting and nutritious vegetables from local black prairie soils.

    We are a leader in food safety, food quality and fruit and vegetable delivery, bringing local produce to Alberta customers and contributing to the growth of our local farming community.

    Our suppliers are small-scale family farms who take great care with farming methods and are responsible and cautious in our treatment of the land, and we feature fruits and vegetables that are locally grown and shipped within a day of being picked.

    Put simply, local vegetables get to Champion’s kitchens much faster than any imported fruits and vegetables could. And the less time it takes for fruits and vegetables to travel, the fresher they are, and ultimately the more nutritious and delicious they will be!
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  • MARLAWN FARMS
    Ranch-Raised Goat

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    Marvin and Marianne Buit of Marlwan Farms began raising Boer and Goats in 2011, after 30 years in the dairy industry. Located West of Blackfalds, in the heart of Southern Alberta, Marlwan Farms is a dedicated and passionate family run operation that strives to raise their Goat naturally and sustainably.

    WHAT DOES BEING A FARMER MEAN TO YOU?
    We get great satisfaction from raising our animals and supplying them with our own feed – plus, being your own boss has its perks.

    WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A FARMER/
    We take pride in what the Boer and Goats raise. We also truly love the country living and being able to raise our own children in the country. Seeing our grandkids enjoy it also brings us immense joy.

    WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR ANIMALS?
    Our Goats are fed grass, hay, barley and goat mineral.
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  • Wuchewun Acres
    Grass-Fed Mutton

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    Located in Sunny Southern Alberta, in a small town called Bentley, Wuchewun Acres have been raising ewes, lambs and mutton in Bentley, Alberta for over 28 years. Wuchewun Acres, which means “hilly” in Cree, is a family owned operation run by Mike and Faye Poffenroth.

    WHAT DOES BEING A FARMER MEAN TO YOU?
    It is one of the most important jobs a person could do!

    WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A FARMER?
    We truly enjoy the independence of being a farmer, along with the feeling of satisfaction of a job well done.

    WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR ANIMALS?
    Our hormone free Mutton are fed home grown hay, barley and silage
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  • Kabbes Patch Rabbitry
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    Nestled outside the village of Drayton in Ontario, Canada, lies Kabbes Patch Rabbitry, ORIJEN’s trusted Rabbit supplier. For over 10 years, Dave Kabbes and family have been striving to make their farm diverse and sustainable by raising rabbits, hens and finishing pigs.

    WHAT DOES BEING A FARMER MEAN TO YOU?
    Being self-sufficient while being able to put my passion to work – I love working with the farm animals. Producing a safe product for consumers is also something we pride in.

    WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A FARMER?
    We are a family run business, so being able to work together as a family and teaching our children a strong work ethic. We also are satisfied by working together to put food on the table of others, and especially our own.

    HOW IS YOUR PRODUCT PROCESSED?
    Locally – we send our Rabbits to an Ontario processor, Flintshire Farms.

    WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR ANIMALS?
    Our Rabbits are fed alfalfa based pelleted feed.
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  • Sudo Farms
    Winter Squash

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    Sudo Farms has been operating in sunny Southern Alberta for over 21 years as a family run farm. Now that his children have grown up and left the house, Nobby and his wife now tend to the crops, which grow Chinese cabbage, zucchini, beans, peas and squash. Sudo Farms is Champion’s Trusted Supplier of insecticide-free Fresh Winter Squash – an important vegetable in ORIJEN’s dog foods.

    WHAT DOES BEING A FARMER MEAN TO YOU?
    It is my life and my joy. I truly love what I do and providing quality product to consumers. I love being a part of the farming community as well; I have been part of the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association for 4 years now.

    WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A FARMER?
    I love to be outside; working outdoors and being with nature is a great way to spend your day. I also have a great respect for the vegetables that I am tending to. As they grow, I feel like I am growing as well. I am learning so many things about myself, my crops, how I interact with people and even my business.

    HOW IS YOUR PRODUCT PROCESSED?
    Once harvested, my Winter Squash is sent to Sun Fresh Farms, a local Edmonton Farmers’ Cooperative.