Champion Petfoods wins respected awards for innovation and exporting


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Pictured are Bruce A. Heyman, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Frank Burdzy, President & CEO, Champion Petfoods LPm and Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce.


The company who will be opening an award-winning kitchen in Auburn soon has been given two prestigious awards recently that add to its already illustrious portfolio of professional and quality service.

Champion Petfoods is pleased to announce it has recently received two respected awards: the Meritorious Investor Award for investment in the USA and the 2015 Alberta Export Award for Consumer Products. Presented by Bruce A. Heyman, United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Canada, at a SelectUSA event held in Toronto, ON; Champion Petfoods received the inaugural Meritorious Investor Award for investment in the USA. “Pet lovers trust us to prepare Biologically Appropriate™ Fresh Regional Ingredients that are Never Outsourced (BAFRINO),” said Champion President and CEO Frank Burdzy. “Innovation inspires our DogStar® Kitchens, and our commitment to innovation has never been stronger.”

The Meritorious Investor Award is awarded to an innovative business that makes a significant investment in the United States of America. Additionally, Champion was awarded the 2015 Alberta Export Award in the Consumer Product category, at an event held in Calgary, AB. “It is delightful to be recognized for our excellence in exporting.” said Burdzy. “Our team works hard to be trusted by pet lovers worldwide, and I cannot thank them enough for their hard work, dedication and focus.” The Consumer Products Award recognizes an Alberta company that specializes in and exports end products for direct-to-consumer or retail markets.

Champion Petfoods will be soon be operating an award-winning kitchen in Auburn, located at 12871 Bowling Green Road, across the road from Shaker Equipment Sales. Champion selected its site of operations in Auburn after two years of searching. The company determined Kentucky as the perfect location to advance its Biologically Appropriate and Fresh Regional Ingredient mandate. Champion began construction on the site in September and anticipates cooking to begin around the first of the year.

Over 147 jobs will be created with the opening of Champion Petfoods and possibly more to come as the cooking increases. The building site is spread out over 84 acres with two separate buildings. Last count the project investment in Logan County is approximately $122 million.

To learn more about Champion and their award-winning pet foods, visit http://championpetfoods.com/.

Pictured are Bruce A. Heyman, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Frank Burdzy, President & CEO, Champion Petfoods LPm and Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce.
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By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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