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« on: April 10, 2018, 03:31:07 AM »

hello everyone!

I am shopping for my next month of cat food  Cheesy And I'm looking at American Journey.

https://www.chewy.com/s?rh=c%3A325%2Cc%3A387%2Cc%3A389%2Cbrand_facet%3AAmerican+Journey

I think the ingredients look ok, but wanted to know if anyone here was using it or had experience with it?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2018, 06:30:30 AM »

Just a guess, but it only came out on Chewy after Purina bought them. And now they send multiple emails about it. I called Chewy and asked where it was made & they said they didn't know.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 07:32:04 PM »

I found this post by someone on a dog forum that gives a little information that might help.

    " At this time the grain-free diets are currently manufactured in Kansas, though the Brown Rice and Limited Ingredient Diets formulas are manufactured in California. American Journey does source most of the ingredients right here in the United States. If sourcing in the U.S. is not available due to any reason, they look at Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Chile."

This seems to apply to the dry foods, but I saw on other sites that, in general, their products are produced by a manufacturer in Kansas.

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I also found this information on another dog forum website:

    
Re: Chewy's own brand-- American Journey








"Quote Originally Posted by Marvel View Post

Third time trying to type this out. Dang backspace! The idea of what I've been trying to say is I'd be interested in trying it if they'd give some more info as it is same price and quality as Quill's current food (maybe even slightly better quality!).

 I just tried asking and got this response: "American Journey is manufactured through a third-party facility so any information such as their name, for example, belongs solely to them. We're unable to share the facility's name due to their independent ownership."

 I then said, "So there is no way to know who is manufacturing, or their history with manufacturing products?"

 And was told: "At this time we don't have access to that information, although we do know the manufacturing facility has rigorous quality systems in place to manage food safety risks and provide safe products. The facility has a current Hazard Analysis Critical Control Plan (HACCP) in place, received SQF Level 3 certification, and performs continuous quality checks on the food. Chewy has tested all formulas to ensure it provides quality nutrients, good digestibility and excellent taste."

 So, yeah, that's about all they want to give regarding who is producing it. So unless someone has some inside info, it may remain a secret!"
"I work in the food safety industry, so I can shed *alittle* light on this. As others have stated, there is a dog food manufacturing facility in Kansas that Chewy contacted to produce their dog food. This is not uncommon. Chewy would have given them their requirements and recipe, and the manufacturer is producing it to their standards. They are withholding the facility name at this time, but this is also not uncommon. I have worked with several facilities that are extremely protective of which brands/products they produce. These are always protected with an NDA. This may or may not be the case with Chewy.

 The information given to Marvel by Chewy is actually very helpful! The facility having a HACCP Plan is standard. It is actually required in most food facilities, including those that process meat, juice, and seafood. The fact that the facility is SQF Level 3 certified is a big hint! SQF stands for Safe Quality Food. Basically, SQF is a standard that was created for food production facilities. If a company wants to become SQF certified, they must undergo an audit of that standard and pass. This is not easy. Level 3 is the highest certification level, most strict, and hardest to achieve. The records of those companies that are SQF-certified is public. You can search the database and find locations in Kansas, that are also SQF Level 3 certified, and voila! You now have a very short list of possibilities (3 at my count). I am not sure if I should post the site names, so I'll say you can message me if you have any questions or would like to get a link to the database and look for yourself"  

 
 

      



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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2018, 03:25:03 AM »

Thank you, MandyCat, that is most helpful!  I'm going to try it and see.  one reviewer said it gave their cats gas, but others gave it high marks.

Ok, the 3 MFGs in Kansas are:

CJ Foods Inc
Rosedale - Grain Craft
White Energy

Only CJ Foods is listed as pet food manufacturer.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2018, 07:42:02 PM »

merrihart,
Actually, Kansas is pretty much the "pet food capital" of the country!  Here is an article that discusses all of the pet food manufacturers located in that area.  CJ Foods is a contract manufacturer, so it is certainly a possibility.  However, there are others as well.  And, as you can see, some of the big pet food manufacturers such as Nestle Purina are also located there.  It is likely, though, that a contract manufacturer is making this food.

            http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article19980897.html 
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2018, 09:07:31 PM »

We've tried it! 

The minced turkey is a hit with nearly everyone and the turkey pate is also popular.  The beef and chicken got big thumbs down from everyone, though. 

Salmon pate is liked, but when I found out that the phosphorus was like 2%, I stopped it even in rotation.

Haven't tried any of the others due to phos numbers or food allergies here.
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2018, 03:55:06 AM »

I got the mixed case, half turkey and half chicken.  The turkey is the favorite.

On a side note, a lot more poop.   Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2018, 12:11:08 PM »

Thanks for posting about American Journey.  I've also been inundated with messages from Chewy and leaflets in each box of food. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2018, 03:34:40 AM »

JustMe, I ignore the stuff in the box, it goes right in the trash.  LOL

update:  2nd case of American Journey received with mixed reviews.  Bisi and Beau are reluctant to eat it, but it may be because there has been dry food recently.  I will be stopping that, so we'll see if that peaks their interest.
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2018, 10:05:16 AM »

American Journey didn't last long.  The cats are complete sick of it already.  *sigh*
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