Champion Petfoods to hold grand opening festival

By Chris Cooper -

Photo submitted Champion Petfoods Kitchen in Auburn.

Champion Petfoods will be hosting a grand opening TRAIL Festival at its DogStar Kitchen located at 12871 Bowling Green Road, Auburn on May 12 at 4 p.m. The grand opening is going to be a TRAIL Festival with an Eat Like Your Dog theme. This is an outdoor festival, and therefore you should dress for comfort in all weather and ground conditions. There will be food throughout the festival with an Eat Like Your Dog theme.

The Auburn kitchen prides itself in supplying petfood to reflect Champion’s BAFRINO (Biologically Appropriate Fresh Regional Ingredients) mandate. The 371,100 square foot facility is located on an 84-acre site, 30 acres of which are devoted to kitchen operations with the remaining property to stay primarily undisturbed, with walking paths and pet exercise spaces. The facility includes a state-of-the art kitchen designed to meet food safety standards for human foods for the prevention of foodborne illness, as well as a distribution center and office space to support the kitchen operations.

Over 147 jobs will be created with the opening of Champion Petfoods and possibly more to come as the cooking increases. The project investment in Logan County is over $122 million.

“We are very excited about the start-up of the Champion Petfood kitchen in our city,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “This is a project we have been working towards for sometime, and to see it come to fruition is extremely gratifying in many ways. We are looking forward to a wonderful partnership with Champion, and feel their presence will be a great asset to our city, our county and our state.”

Rural Kentucky provides Champion access to local farmers and growers, allowing the opportunity to feature a diversity of Fresh Regional Ingredients in its foods.

“The agricultural heritage and proximity to ranches and farms make locating to western Kentucky an excellent choice,” said Champion Petfoods President and CEO, Frank Burdzy. “We are very pleased that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is partnered with us to grow our Biologically Appropriate mandate.”

Champion’s Canadian kitchens will focus on supplying the pet specialty market in Canada, Europe and Asia, while the new Kentucky kitchens will supply the growing pet specialty market in the USA. As with Champion’s Morinville Kitchens, the new Kentucky kitchens will only make ACANA and ORIJEN brands exclusively – no private label foods.

“Our new custom fitted kitchens will advance our Biologically Appropriate and Fresh Regional Ingredient foods,” said Burdzy. “We’re going to install the best technology available to prepare a unique variety of innovative foods reflecting the Kentucky region.”

For more questions about the grand opening festival, contact Leigh Newton at or 780-920-7888.

Space is limited. Only the first 1,000 people will be welcomed.

Photo submitted Champion Petfoods Kitchen in Auburn. submitted Champion Petfoods Kitchen in Auburn.

By Chris Cooper

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

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