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Human Grade Quality oils and fats

Low temperature, minimally processed, human grade quality oils and fats available now for use in your recipe’s from GA.

At GA we press our own oils on site in small batches using dedicated equipment which operates “similar to a kitchen salad spinner where the oil is squeezed away from the meat”, says David Bennison - Group Sales Director.

This allows us to coat kibbles with amazingly high quality fats and oils seen normally in human foods and gives us the full traceability back to source, from farm, fishery or boat! The marketing potential along with super quality, palatability success and traceability is second to none!   

“These oils aren’t your usual high temperature rendered ‘pet food grade’ type oils. They are so fresh, the laboratory testing finds little to no sign of oxidisation or aging” says James Lawson – GA’s Joint Managing Director.

 
GA receives the Queens Award for Enterprise and Innovation in the Export category

On 14th July 2016, Joint Managing Director James Lawson represented GA at Buckingham Palace when he attended the Queens Award ceremony hosted by Her Majesty the Queen.  GA has been awarded this prestigious accolade because of fantastic growth in export business over the past 5 years. James Lawson, Joint Managing Director says “nearly 40% of our trade is directly with export customers and we even help our UK customers where possible with export. I estimate around 50% of our overall business is to export markets and this will continue to expand because at GA we make it easy to design, develop, manufacture, pack and assist with distribution to over 50 countries around the globe”.   Read more...

 
GA recruits two new Pet Nutritionists - Meet Juliette & Lucy
 
GA Welcomes two new graduate pet nutritionists to the growing technical team in order to further enhance service to existing partners.  Juliette Marshall and Lucy Shockledge joined the team in July and have since been settling into their new roles and learning the ropes from some of the best pet nutritionists in the industry.  Juliette joins us from Glasgow University where she graduated with a BSc Hons in Veterinary Bioscience and Lucy studied BSc Animal Science at Newcastle University.   Read more...
 
 
A New Design Team for GA
 
GA has recently regenerated their Design Department with the recruitment of three new staff members – Victoria, Sophie and Conor - all of whom have extensive experience with product & graphic design. The Design Team sit alongside GA’s account managers ensuring partner’s label requests are dealt with quickly. 
GA’s Design Team work with all partners designing their own bespoke label; ensuring maximum shelf presence by using the latest images and having the knowledge of the current trends in pet food packaging  Read more...
 
Another World First for GA
 
For the past 20 years GA have focused on innovation and investment as a core strategic approach. They may have invested over £25 million in the last few years, but this has given their Partner brands some fantastic quality products and some amazing opportunities to grow, returning well on the investments made. Their Partner brands success is a testament to this philosophy.  The innovation has culminated in an ever advancing technology which they have called Freshtrusion™  Read more...
 
Show Dates
 
Joint Managing Director, James Lawson and Sales Director, David Bennison enjoyed another successful show at Interpets in Japan. This important show, allows GA to meet with many existing and potential partners from several Asia Pacific countries.  This is GA’s third year exhibiting at Interpets and it has quickly become one of the most important show dates in GA’s calendar.   Read more...
 
 
Obesity Blog by GA’s Nutritionist Laura Ward
 
Currently pet obesity is a huge health concern, and the problem is thought to be getting worse. Obesity is associated with a multitude of serious health implications including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and a reduced life span, to name but a few. For this reason obesity is a serious ethical issue, with over feeding of pets being as cruel as under feeding due to the reduction in the quality of life of animals affected.   Read more...
 
 
GA awarded MSC certification
 
GA Pet Food Partners gains accreditation with the Marine Stewardship Council ‎(MSC) and ‎offers 'complete' Freshly Prepared MSC highly ethical Fish recipes for the discerning market.  James Lawson, Joint Managing Director says, 'For years GA has been using ethically sourced,  MSC Cod, Haddock, Plaice and Coley and other species fish for our brand partners. Sourced from the UK and Irish seas and oceans of the world  Read more...
 
 
 
GA Pet Food Partners recruits 3 new Account Managers to its growing Sales Department  
 
Under the leadership of Sales Director David Bennison, GA extends it’s ongoing commitment to providing the best possible service to its customers. At GA, Account Managers work closely with customers to achieve their business goals and management of their brands.  Read more...
 
 
 
 
Grain Free Diets for Cats
 
Recent trends within the commercial cat food market have seen a dramatic increase in the number of ancestral diets available, which mimic natural feeding habits. Over the years, some of the most successful cat food brands have been based on rice, maize, wheat, oats and barley, so why the need to change to grain free diets now?.  Read more...
 

 

GA Pet Food Partners at PATS Telford
 
Records were broken at PATS this weekend when over 200 exhibitors descended on the International Centre in Telford to showcase new and existing products to pet and aquatics retailers.  Read more...
 

 

 
 
GA raises over £2,300 in September for local and national charities
 
The GA annual Cricket Match and family fun day, held at Plocks Farm in Bretherton in early September, raised a staggering £1,962 for the local Air Ambulance service who relies solely on donations and local fund raising.   Read more...
 
 
 
 

GA’s Nutrition Department is expanding

GA Pet Food Partner’s has expanded their Nutrition Department to assist with the growing demand for innovative product development. With James Lawson (Managing Director) at the helm of the Department, customers can be assured of the quality and marketability of their product.  Read more...
 

 

Harvest at Plocks Farm

Unbeknown to some, Harvest is a busy time at GA. In addition to manufacturing pet food, GA is part of a working family farm that has been farming for over 50 years. Many of our own grown produce are used in the manufacturing of our pet foods. Using our own raw materials gives us complete control and reliability of quality ensuring the grains which are manufactured into our customers products are of the highest standards.  Read more...

 

Salmonella in Pet Foods
 

In recent months, there have been several recalls on pet foods due to Salmonella contamination.  These recalls reiterate the ever present need for stringent testing measures within the Pet Food Industry. At GA food safety is paramount so we have invested heavily in Salmonella prevention & testing measures.  Read more...

 
 
 

Electric forklifts

We recently invested in four Electric Forklifts manufactured by STILL for our Distribution Centre in Chorley. The decision was made in order to provide a healthier working environment for staff, along with minimising dust and noise pollution inside the building. Warehouse Manager, Darren Swift is over the moon with the positive environmental impact the STILL RX20 Electric Forklifts have made inside the building in the three weeks we’ve been operating with them.  Read more...