PetDine, a Colorado-based manufacturer of private label pet products, has announced a further commitment to a sustainable future for both people and pets. The company is joining the nonprofit Upcycle Food Association, a group focused on preventing food waste and growing the upcycled food economy.
Through PetDine’s pet industry leadership and membership with UFA, the company said it can help clients navigate the process of earning upcycled certification for their private label pet products, and contribute to a more sustainable pet food system.
Joining the UFA is another step towards sustainability for PetDine, as the company recently released its sustainability statement and goals. The company’s goals include creating 100% of products being made with renewable energy by 2025, making each product contain 25% sustainable ingredients by 2023, and more.
“PetDine foresees the importance and demand for upcycled products outpacing other categories, such as organic and natural, because the use of upcycled ingredients has an immediate positive impact on the world’s food system,” said Preston Munsch, PetDine CEO. “Upcycled foods are value-added products that consumers want. PetDine is equipped to help clients achieve upcycled certification, which provides them even greater pet product development opportunities for a consumer base calling for brands to be more sustainably responsible.”
According to UFA, upcycled foods use ingredients that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains and have a positive impact on the environment. UFA has set the standard for a program that verifies the upcycled certification process. UFA certification compliance has become one of the key requirements for upcycled products getting onto store shelves.
“UFA is building a food system in which all food is elevated to its highest and best use,” said PetDine. “Upcycled food captures that value and leverages it to create a sustainable and resilient food system. By working with UFA, PetDine is helping to prevent food waste and empower millions of consumers to prevent climate change with the products they buy.”