The Redbarn Story
At 12 years old, Redbarn founders Jeff Baike and Howie Bloxam met on a hockey rink in Canada and established a lasting friendship turned lifelong business partnership.
That’s why we believe our family is more than Redbarn’s culture; it’s our story.
In the early 90s, Jeff and Howie saw a need for wholesome, high-quality dog food, and in 1996 they co-founded what is known today as Redbarn Pet Products. Their love for creating products pet parents trust has grown to a family of 500 members and over 200 foods, treats and chews.
For over 20 years, Redbarn has been a family-owned business, and we are committed to staying that way. We aren’t just a strong team, we’re a family.
Their first product, Redbarn Premium Rolled Food, came to fruition after the pair rigged an old kitchen, determined to cook nutritious food that lived up to its name. Once their dogs approved, Rolled Food and Redbarn saw quick success in the pet community. Pet parents enjoyed their food made with high quality, simple ingredients, and began to request natural treats their dogs could enjoy, as well. This demand led Jeff and Howie to produce their top-seller: Redbarn Bully Sticks.
After a few years of making products out of their kitchens in the US and Canada, they realized it was time for more space. Both decided to merge operations to Southern California under one roof. It was time to take their grassroots approach to new heights.
Long Beach, CA
In 1998, Jeff and Howie purchased their first production facility in Long Beach, California.
As their popularity grew, they believed this move would allow them to produce more products to meet the growing needs of their loyal pet parents, and they were right.
What started as one warehouse quickly expanded to nine additional buildings on their lot within just a few years. This location later became the home of their corporate office as the company grew to another facility within the U.S. and abroad in South America.
Kansas and Paraguay
Became Our New Homes
More growth meant more opportunity and by 2004, Redbarn purchased a bully stick manufacturing plant in Paraguay. By purchasing this plant, Redbarn was able to guarantee their highly sought-after chews came from the best quality beef— grass-fed, free-range cows— at an affordable price.
By 2010, the Long Beach facility outgrew its manufacturing capabilities, leading to a second manufacturing plant purchase in Kansas. This FDA certified human-grade ham plant included a state-of-the-art water treatment system, allowing Redbarn to produce products in a safe and sustainable environment.
The Year of the Cat and Beyond
In 2014, it was time for Redbarn to meet the needs of a different type of pet parent with Redbarn’s Grain-Free Cat Food and treats. Just like Redbarn’s dog food and treats, it was important for this new line of products to go through the same Quality Assurance standards to ensure safety and integrity.
Today, our Quality Assurance team runs over 800 physical, chemical, and microbiological test a week on our products before they ever reach a pet parent’s pantry.
We Grow in Leaps and Bounds
By 2019, history repeated itself when another opportunity for expansion arrived. The team acquired a new facility in Rochester, New York, equipping Redbarn with the technology to create a new line of injected molded treats. These treats not only speak to current trends and desires of pet parents but genuinely support the health of their pet.
As we continue to grow, we want all pet parents to feel confident when treating their pet to Redbarn. Our team members, our Redbarn family, choose to be honest, to have strong moral principles, and to exceed ethical standards every day. We recognize our daily decisions directly impact the health and wellness of your pets. And because pets are part of our families too, there’s a personal stake in every decision we make.
From the beginning, we baked our products with the love and warmth of our family, no matter how big our kitchens grew. We are passionate about making products pet’s love, and parents trust.
While we have watched our family grow over the years, our mission remains clear: to provide healthy, wholesome, and innovative food, chews and treats.
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about pets in need
Jeff and Howie started Redbarn with the belief that all pets deserve high quality, natural food and treats.
For the past twenty years, Redbarn has donated food, treats and chews to shelters, rescue groups, and pet-related organizations to help support animals in need.READ MORE STORIESOUR HUFFINGTONPOST STORY