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Nice short piece in the Portland Tribune about Portland Pet Food Company. Check it out on their website!

As their introductory press release notes, the notion of a “locally-sourced, sustainable dog food”. … “may sound like material for a Portlandia skit.”

But it also may be good business for Kate McCarron, owner of the new Portland Pet Food Company.

The mother-and-son company specializes in “human-grade, artisan dog food” made from natural, local ingredients, including free-range beef and chicken from Cascade Natural/SP Provisions.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to know about the quality of the food we feed our dogs,” says Katie McCarron, who is running the company with her son Matt. “Since I’m making my own food now,” she says, “I’m keeping it simple, and I know every ingredient our dogs eat.”

Each flavor of dog food has only seven to eight ingredients, with no chemicals or other additives. McCarron and her son cook in a Beaverton commercial kitchen using vegetable oil, eggs, rice, peas, carrots and yams, which are easy on dogs’ stomachs. Ground egg shells area added in for the calcium.

The company is launching with two flavors, Rosie’s Beef N’Rice and Tuxedo’s Chicken & Yams, both named after McCarron’s dogs. They’re also selling dog treats that sound like they’re aimed at the dog owners: Portland Beer Biscuits, which come in bacon and pumpkin flavors.

The treats are made from spent brewing grains from local brewers that are low in wheat, wheat-free rye organic flour from Bob’s Red Mill, peanut butter and eggs — but no beer. The treats also come gluten-free.


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