We could see the potential. Saskatchewan, Canada is a rich agricultural basin offering many of the essential and innovative ingredients needed to make an unparalleled line of premium foods. We wanted to develop our foods the right way. To formulate, source, manufacture, and ship from our own production facility directly to the market. It's the hard way, but the right way and increasingly rare in today's pet food market where many brands typically and too often use third party contractors. We embrace full accountability on the foods that bear our name and ultimately reach your home. We constructed and commissioned our first state of the art plant in the fall of 2007. We source as local as possible and when we need to go farther afield to locate ingredients that meet our high standards our objective is the same. Know who we buy from and clearly understand their standards. Given our regional sourcing advantages and the fact we self manufacture, we are focused on and able to 'pay forward' our cost advantages by offering the best combination of quality and value available today. It remains our mission. To source real and local ingredients, make and ship products to consumers at the best possible price everyday with no compromises....ever.
Who Are We?
We are family owned. Two families that have long called Saskatchewan home. No faceless multi-national food companies or financial engineers behind our company. Its individuals committed to the values of Saskatchewan agriculture and its farmer community and wanting to do things right. Our approach is to be transparent and ethical in what we do and how we make foods consumers can truly trust.
Self Manufacturing Versus Co-Packing
Its a reality of pet food today. A significant number of foods outsource their manufacturing to third parties called co-packers. Even some really well known and top selling foods use others to source, manufacture and package the food they sell. Often, the foods that do this try hard to obscure the fact they don't make their foods. At Horizon, we own our plant, we source direct with growers and we package and ship direct to our North American distributors.
What's the big deal? For us, its accountability. We are process and quality control devotees. It is vital that before our name goes on the bag, we know everything about what went into it. It doesn't mean things can't go wrong. But if they do, it is our responsibility 100% and we want to own the challenge to ensure nothing does go wrong or quality waivers in any way. Nothing enters our facility that first doesn't pass our inspection or meet our minimum standards and second isn't part of making our foods specifically. We make the decisions every step of the way and we can apply our standards and ethics in literally every aspect of the supply chain and manufacturing process. It is impossible to do if you have transferred that responsibility to someone else.