Freshpet has launched its first-ever fresh, vegetarian dog food, Spring & Sprout. Developed by Freshpet’s veterinarian nutritionist, Spring & Sprout combines healthy plant-based proteins with cage-free eggs, fruits and vegetables for balanced nutrition for dogs, according to company officials. The product will launch at more than 900 Petco stores in the U.S. beginning this month before a larger retail rollout in 2022.
“Freshpet has long been committed to pet welfare and the well-being of our planet,” said Scott Morris, president and COO of the Secaucus, N.J.-based company. “That’s why we created Spring & Sprout—a planet-friendly vegetarian pet food that gives pet parents an option that aligns with their own values while meeting the nutritional needs of their pets.”
Spring & Sprout combines high-protein plants with carrots, cranberries and cage-free eggs. A meat-free diet for dogs can benefit their digestion, immunity and allergies, and can contribute to a healthier coat, weight control and overall vitality, officials said.
The new line eliminates many environmental impacts associated with meat production, giving pet owners a healthy, more sustainable option that’s kinder on the planet, officials added.
The brand’s environmental commitment shows up in all parts of its business—from its packaging to its facilities, according to officials. Freshpet Kitchens are operated under a zero-waste philosophy, with all waste being reused, recycled or transformed into energy. All recipes created in Freshpet kitchens are produced with built-in wind, water and CO2 savings, while all waste from the facilities is reused, recycled or transformed into energy.
Spring & Sprout joins Freshpet’s other brand’s including Deli Fresh, Fresh Treats, Freshpet Select, Homestyle Creations, Nature’s Fresh, Vital Freshpet Select and Vital.