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How does your pet food brand source its ingredients?

We know that not all dog food ingredients are created equally and that there are many ingredient suppliers to choose from.

That's why we're extremely selective when establishing a relationship with a new one. Our dog food ingredient suppliers play an important role in the creation of each Beyond® recipe, so we ensure from the start that they meet our expectations for ingredient specification, product safety, hygiene and good manufacturing practice. We can proudly say that our quality assurance standards are among the strictest in the pet food industry.

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Our 5 steps for properly choosing a supplier of
pet food ingredients:

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Identify suppliers to source ingredients
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Conduct an audit of a supplier's facility
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Study the integrity of their ingredients through regulatory food safety and toxicology reviews
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Test each ingredient prior to purchase through Nestlé Analytical labs
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Use near infrared technology to 'fingerprint' or evaluate select ingredients for purity, protein and moisture levels

As we work to reduce our environmental footprint, we aim to source our pet food ingredients as close as possible to our Beyond® factory in Portoguaro. What's more, we are committed to ensuring the highest possible levels of farm animal health and welfare across our global supply chain. Not only does animal health and welfare have a direct impact on food safety and quality, but it also contributes to the long-term economic, environmental and social viability of the animal farming communities which supply Nestlé worldwide.

To find out more about our commitment to animal welfare in our supply chain:

  • See how our requires suppliers to fully comply with all applicable Nestlé Supplier Code local laws and regulations on animal welfare.
  • Understand the principles outlined in our Responsible Sourcing Requirements which have been informed by our global partnership with World Animal Protection (WAP).
  • View the Nestlé Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare, based on the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines. This serves as the basis of our responsible sourcing requirements on animal based ingredients, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.
  • Read our Responsible Sourcing Guideline (RSG) for Fish and Seafood which outlines our ambition in this area and shows how we work with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to explore means of continuous improvement.