On January 17th, 2019 Champion Pet Foods, creators of Orijen and Acana, announced their product will be available for purchase in Petco stores nationwide and Amazon online beginning March 2019. This announcement has come as quite a shock to many people, ourselves included, and because of this, we wanted to make sure we get the facts to our customers.
First and foremost Champion has guaranteed their formula and quality standards will not change. They will continue to use the regionally, ethically sourced ingredients that have made Orijen and Acana so popular. They will also remain an independently owned company, which means they have total control of their products; how it is cooked and what ingredients go into their foods. These are some of the critical elements that have made Champion Pet Foods a great company.
Petco will not be offering Champion’s wonderful loyalty program of receiving a free bag of food after purchasing twelve prior bags. That privilege will be held exclusively by independent stores like us that carry Champion products. Petco will be held to the same pricing restrictions as independent retailers - meaning no big discounts for buying at Petco.
Pricing of Champion products on Amazon will be more expensive than both our prices and Petco’s prices. We were told there will be approximately a seven dollar difference when purchased on Amazon and they will also not be eligible for the loyalty program.
We understand that this announcement may upset people, and many may not want to continue purchasing Champion products. If that is the case, we have many different foods that hit that same points at Champion, i.e., ethically and regionally sourced products, limited ingredients, and privately owned manufacturing facilities. If you are interested in switching foods any one of our knowledgeable staff is more than capable of walking you through our food selections.
If you feel like you need more information, or have any questions, regarding Champion Pet Food products at Petco and on Amazon, in February our amazingly wonderful Champion representative Chanda will be at Humboldt Pet Supply to answer those questions. Please follow us Facebook and/or be part of our mailing list to receive the exact date of her visit. In the meantime feel free to stop by the store and we will more than happy to answer your questions to the best of our abilities.