United Raw Pet Foods Increases Pay for Manufacturing Employees
United Raw Pet Foods Inc. has granted permanent pay increases to both its hourly and salaried staff at each of its four frozen raw pet food manufacturing facilities in Canada. Hourly staff have been granted a 10 percent increase in pay, while salaried staff have been granted a 5 percent increase.
United Raw, which is 70 percent owned by Dane Creek and 30 percent owned by shareholders of Dane Creek, has manufacturing facilities in Edmonton, Alberta; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; St. Thomas, Ontario; and Kemptville, Ontario.
“This announcement is in recognition of the outstanding efforts our manufacturing teams have made during these trying times,” said Mark Warren, chairman and CEO of Dane Creek, in reference to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “While many of our employees across our group of companies either have been forced or advised to work from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our manufacturing operations have relied on the steadfast commitment of those employees who make our 10 brands of raw pet food for pet owners across Canada.”
United Raw brands include Naturawls, Tollden Farms, Mountain Dog, Pets4Life, Spring Meadows and Quest, among others.
“When it comes to our manufacturing team, their health and safety is of paramount importance,” said Brett Flahr, vice president of manufacturing for Dane Creek. “Over the first quarter of 2020, we saw unprecedented demand for raw food from pet owners not only switching from kibble to raw feeding regimens but also from existing customers wishing to stock up as advised by their respective provincial government officials. Our manufacturing team feels obliged to ensure pet owners have the pet foods they need during these challenging times, which is evidenced by their dedication. In turn, we are obliged to look after our team.”
Dane Creek officials said that they believe the growth in what many are now calling the “stay-at-home economy” will be a net positive for the pet industry as more and more homeowners look to add dogs and cats to their families. Dogs’ calming effect on humans appear to help people handle stress, officials said, pointing to a Harvard Medical School study. Harvard’s research shows that dog ownership in particular reduces cardiovascular reactivity during challenging times. Spending on pets over the past several years has been on a steady upward trend and is expected to continue, officials said.
“In these troubling economic times and with many now working from home, we expect pet ownership to increase significantly which will benefit the long-term secular growth trajectory for the pet industry as a whole,” Warren said.