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July 01, 2007

Stella & Chewy’s Opens in WI

By: Stella & Chewy’s

Stella & Chewy’s Raw Pet Food opens a state-of-the-art facility combining expertise from leading animal nutritionists and meat scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with food safety systems developed at Kansas State University.

According to Dr. James Marsden, Regents Distinguished Professor in Food Safety and Security, Kansas State University, “Stella & Chewy’s is incorporating the latest in food safety technologies including advanced oxidation cells, UV lighting technology, and high-pressure technology to ensure the safety of their products.  This is a company that is going to set the bar for all other pet food companies.  Stella & Chewy’s is a company to watch.”

Marie Moody founded Stella & Chewy’s in March of 2003 in New York City when she had a sick dog, Chewy, and couldn’t find a commercial pet food that was as wholesome as the food she was making in her own kitchen.  Moody says, “A raw food diet provides your pet with exactly the kinds of food that they would naturally seek out in the wild.  Nothing can replace wholesome foods in their natural, unrefined state.  Raw foods contain WHOLE nutritional complexes, and the nutrients in raw foods are totally bio-available.  That means that your pet can easily absorb the nutrients they need.  As a rule, the closer to the natural source food is, the healthier it will be.”

Opening this plant means that Stella & Chewy’s has stringent quality control over the entire manufacturing process. This quality control begins with the procurement of wholesome ingredients and continues throughout the processing stages.  The 12,000 sq. foot plant employs 15 people and is growing.  “Opening this plant has been a dream of mine for some time.  My customers want the best food possible for their pets—we are uniquely positioned to become a national brand.  Right now most of our customers are on either coast but we definitely have plans to expand now.” Moody says.

You can find Stella & Chewy’s products in southeast Wisconsin at these locations:
- Animal Doctor – Muskego
- Bark N’ Scratch Outpost – Milwaukee
- Friends of Nature – Menomonee Falls and Slinger
- Landmark Supply – Cedarburg
- Misty Hills – Madison
- Nutzy Mutz & Crazy Catz – Madison
- Petlicious Dog Bakery – Pewaukee
- Pet Supplies 'N’ More – Muskego

For a list of newly added locations and full descriptions of Stella & Chewy’s products, visit www.stellaandchewys.com.

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