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World’s Finest Ingredients

Priority #1 to the folks here in Perham, Minnesota, is delivering the safest, most nutritious and flavorful pet foods possible. We’ve been cooking healthy pet foods in our small town since 1964 and we’re in control of every step of the process—from the farm to the bowl. Good sourcing practices begin with the suppliers from whom we purchase. We search for quality vendors who are dedicated to raising healthy food ingredients. We make sure everything we source is produced ethically, in accordance with local laws and our high standards. In addition, we give preferential treatment to those suppliers still owned and operated by their families. Our Country is stronger when companies support their local family-owned businesses. Below are some of the world’s finest ingredients....
Chicken Pet Food Ingredient

Chicken

USA

We love chicken and we love animals, that’s why all of our fresh chicken is humanely Certified and grown for us on farms right here in Minnesota, USA. We use both light and dark meat and relatively little fat – Humanely raised is just plain better for all of us and the planet!

Turkey Pet Food Ingredient

Turkey

USA

Fresh farm raised turkey provides essential protein that aids in growth and overall health. Fresh farm raised turkey provies essential protein that aids in growth and overall health.

Lamb Pet Food Ingredient

Lamb

USA | Australia | New Zealand

All our lamb is naturally fed throughout its life and tends to have a more pronounced, lamb-like flavor, less marbling and very tender. Our Lamb is a highly digestible protein that provides essential amino acids, minerals (especially calcium and phosphorus) associated with healthy muscle and bone development, and energy.

Beef Pet Food Ingredient

Beef

USA

Beef is nutrient rich and irresistible to even the most finicky pet. Rich in protein, iron and vitamin A, beef is as good as it gets for giving the body fuel to build and repair muscle, oxygenate the blood and to help aid in cell integrity and regeneration.

Bison Pet Food Ingredient

Bison

USA

Also known as the "American Buffalo," our bison is free range with raised on game farms in the USA. The meat is very tender and tastes quite a bit like lean beef. Bison is a considered a novel protein that benefits dogs that are sensitive to common meat sources.

Venison Pet Food Ingredient

Venison

New Zealand

Venison is a good source of B vitamins, especially niacin and B-12 as well as the minerals zinc, phosphorous, and iron. Our 100% free range venison is used in our foods to provide a novel and lower fat protein source for the dog. Venison can help calm the intestinal system of a dog with an existing food allergy.

Quail Pet Food Ingredient

Quail

France

Quail is a relatively low calorie and high in protein food. Quail is also a source of the B Vitamins and the minerals phosphorous and iron. Quail provides a “novel” protein source that can help keep a dog from developing an allergic reaction to frequently fed protein sources. Quail can also help calm the intestinal system of a dog with an existing food allergy.

Duck Pet Food Ingredient

Duck

USA | France

We use the highest quality hormone and antibiotic free duck from France. High quality duck provides a rich source of protein, iron, selenium and niacin. Fresh duck meat is dark and has a rich, deep flavor that both dogs and cats crave.

Whitefish Pet Food Ingredient

Whitefish

USA

A rich protein source. Whitefish has levels of long-chain omega 3 fatty acids and is a good source of Vitamin D. Whitefish intake is associated with reduced risks of heart and health issues while strengthening the immune system.

Menhaden Pet Food Ingredient

Menhaden

Meal - USA | Mexico

Menhaden are a key source of omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients shown to be essential for regular and healthy body functions and growth in animals. Omega-3s also help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of serious, prevalent chronic diseases such as heart disease.

Salmon Pet Food Ingredient

Salmon

USA | Canada

One of the most popular fin fish, rich, oily (beneficial oil) and highly flavorful. Salmon contains high amounts of protein and EPA, one of the two omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil. EPA acts as an anti-inflammatory, it will ease inflammation due to allergies, and reduce itchy skin. Like many fat supplements, it promotes a shiny, healthy coat, and reduces shedding.

Green Lentils Pet Food Ingredient

Green Lentils

USA | Canada

Flat and round, lentils are considered a slow release source of energy. Foods that contain our lentils are designed to provide your pet with consistent energy while providing a low glycemic alternative. Easy to digest and high in protein. Lentils limit glucose & insulin spikes as well as prevent soft stools.

Red Lentils Pet Food Ingredient

Red Lentils

USA | Canada

Flat and round, lentils are considered a slow release source of energy. Foods that contain our lentils are designed to provide your pet with consistent energy while providing a low glycemic alternative. Easy to digest and high in protein. Lentils limit glucose & insulin spikes as well as prevent soft stools.

Peas Pet Food Ingredient

Peas

USA | Canada

Peas are a flavorful high protein food that provide a high quality source of nutrients like iron, Vitamin A & K, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus for proper blood, bone and muscle health. They're also a phytonutrient powerhouse, containing many beneficial antioxidants.

Garbanzo Beans Pet Food Ingredient

Garbanzo Beans

USA | Canada

Chickpeas are a somewhat spherical, irregular-shaped pea-like seed of a plant. The chickpea has a beige color, firm texture and nutty flavor. Chickpeas are a high protein, low glycemic energy source for your pet. Chickpeas are a great source of nutrients that improve the control of blood sugar and insulin secretion.

Oatmeal Pet Food Ingredient

Oatmeal

USA | Canada

Oatmeal provides fiber, which helps move food through the digestive tract slowly, which further helps to optimize the absorption of nutrients. Oatmeal can improve stool quality and is rich in vitamins, including thiamin and folate, and minerals including phosphorous, magnesium, and iron.

Sweet Potato Pet Food Ingredient

Sweet Potato

Peru

Not a true potato at all, the sweet potato is nutritionally quite different from common white potatoes. It contains much more fiber. Sweet Potato is a fantastic source of vitamin A, and is also rich in vitamins C and B6 and several minerals.

Tapioca Flour Pet Food Ingredient

Tapioca Flour

Netherlands

A starch from the root of the cassava plant. Tapioca flour is often used in small amounts to thicken dishes such as soups, and stews. We use small amounts of Tapioca flour in our formulas to also provide a consistent source of energy, protein and fiber for digestion.

Sunflower Oil Pet Food Ingredient

Sunflower Oil

USA | Canada

Sunflower oil is pressed from sunflower seeds and is generally regarded as one of the healthier oils in dog foods. It is low in saturated fat and is rich in the natural anti-oxidant vitamin E.

Coconut Oil Pet Food Ingredient

Coconut Oil

Malaysia

Coconut Oil is essential in providing natural anti-microbial as well as anti-bacterial & anti-fungal protection. One of the richest sources of medium-chain fatty acids coconut oil also offers high levels of lauric acid to aid in the control of harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Tomato Pet Food Ingredient

Tomato

USA

Tomatoes are an excellent natural source of health-promoting vitamins A, C and K as well as high quality dietary fiber. They also contain plenty of minerals and other micro-nutrients including molybdenum, potassium, chromium and manganese.

Flaxseed Pet Food Ingredient

Flaxseed

USA | Canada

One of the richest known sources for omega 3 fatty acids. Our North American grown Flaxseed is helps protect your pet against disease, improves digestion and helps comfort the intestines during digestion.

Alfalfa Pet Food Ingredient

Alfalfa

USA

Alfalfa is a nutritional powerhouse containing many vitamins and minerals as well as enzymes and phytonutrients (natural chemicals in plants that act as antioxidants). Alfalfa is a relatively high protein plant that supplies Vitamins A, C, E, and K. It can help combat vitamin deficiency, and is often used to help with diabetes and thyroid conditions and helps purify the blood.

Brown Rice Pet Food Ingredient

Brown Rice

USA

Our high quality rice is the most easily digested and least likely of all grains to cause an allergic reaction within your pet. Brown rice is high in B vitamins, calcium, phosphorous and iron.

Barley Pet Food Ingredient

Barley

USA

Our regionally grown Barley is a considered a beneficial grain. Barley provides a high source of fiber that can help aid in digestion and weight loss. Barley also helps in the control of blood sugar levels and is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Carrots Pet Food Ingredient

Carrots

USA | Poland

A delicious vegetable with a milk sweet flavor and crisp texture. Carrots provide great source of Vitamin A, they’re low in fat and calories and help provide regularity by providing dietary fiber. Carrots also provide high levels of Beta-Carotene that help to improve your dog’s coat color and eyesight!

Chicory Root Pet Food Ingredient

Chicory Root

Belgium

Chicory Root is a source of dietary fiber called Inulins. Inulins are considered to be a powerful prebiotic dietary aid, helping to digest food more efficiently by creating much needed beneficial gut flora.

Salmon Oil Pet Food Ingredient

Salmon Oil

USA | Chile

Our high quality Salmon oil contains high levels of EPA and DHA. EPA can help to reduce inflammation due to allergies, and reduce itchy skin and dandruff. Like many fat supplements, it promotes a shiny, healthy coat, and reduces shedding. DHA is important in brain and eye development in puppies and kittens.

State-of-the-art manufacturing facility

A safe production environment can only happen when steps are taken to keep it sanitary. Raw materials are tested for foreign matter and bad pathogens before they’re allowed into our facility. In fact, even the air that touches the raw ingredients is segregated so it doesn’t touch finished goods.

Great culinary teams like ours are obsessed with quality. A skilled kitchen orchestrates the same steps, at the same time, at the same temperature, day in and day out. But that consistency has to start with the people—that’s what sets us apart. We are family owned and community produced, and our employees are treated like family, which is why they stick around for generations! We’ve discovered that good people, dedicated to the same level of care and craft, are the secret to coaxing out the most flavor and nutrition from every morsel for your beloved family pet.

We also stand by our 5 day positive-release policy—shipping fresh product only after it passes our post production testing to make sure each bag we ship is safe. Yes, this final safety step is costly, but we’re proud of our peerless safety record.

Tuffy’s is the name on the silo that watches over our town, and NutriSource is the brand that fuels the wellbeing of our employees, our community, and the pets we consider family.