Supplying all-natural pet food and treats since 1985
By Leila Lotfi
Since 1985, Sojourner Farms has been providing all-natural food, treats and supplements for dogs and cats.
“The company was ahead of its time when it originated in 1985,” says Ward Johnson, president and owner of Sojourner Farms.
Johnson familiarized himself with Sojourner Farms’ products while managing a veterinary clinic in the early 1990s before taking over the company in 1996.
“The products were sold at the clinic and I saw the results,” he says.
Minneapolis-based Sojourner Farms manufactures all of its food on-site in its own facility. With its own bakery and staff dogs on site, Sojourner Farms can invest as much time as needed to create a balanced food mix. The company only uses human quality ingredients including rolled oats, barley, ground pecans and parsley.
“The goal in creating Sojourner Farms was to find a healthier way to feed pets,” Johnson says.
Sojourner Farms At a Glance
President/CEO: Ward Johnson
No. of Employees: 15
Flagship Product: Sojos European Style Dog Food Mix
No. of years in business: 23 years (1985)
With Sojourner Farm products, pet owners combine meat and water with one of the pre-mixes, and in minutes, they have homemade pet food for their cat or dog.
Sojourner Farms’ flagship product is the European-Style Dog Food Mix, which contains a blend of grains, herbs, nuts and sea veggies that owners mix with their own source of fresh meat and veggies.
Europa Grain-Free Dog Food Mix was unveiled three years ago and is quickly becoming one of the most popular products at Sojourner Farms. It contains a blend of dried veggies, fruits, nut and herbs for dogs with sensitivities to grains.
“We’ve followed the popularity of the grain-free trend,” Johnson says. “Our products are very unique and have created strong customer loyalty.”
Sojos Grain-Free Dog Treats are the newest product with more products anticipated to launch in the fall. Oven-baked, 100 percent grain-free dog treats were inspired by the company’s grain-free dog food mix, Europa. Treats are available in two flavors, cherry almond or lamb and sweet potato. Treats contain nothing artificial, no sugar, no chemicals, no by-products and, of course, no grains.
Sojourner Farms’ food contains no preservatives and nothing artificial; just all-natural human-quality ingredients according to the company. To date, Sojos European-Style Dog Food Mix is still its most popular product.
“Over the years we’ve become more dog-centric, but down the road we plan to create grain-free food and treats for cats,” Johnson says. “There’s been huge growth of the natural and holistic segment in the industry, and we’ve been at the forefront of that.” <HOME>
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