EverMore: Gently Cooked Dog Food

Evermore dog food offers four different gently cooked diets for dogs, two of these recipes are grain-free and two are grain-inclusive. All recipes contain one source of meat and eggs. The Evermore dog food recipes that are grain-free are very low in carbohydrates, high in fat, and high in protein (less than 10% carbs, greater than 50% fat, and greater than 30% protein on a caloric basis). The Evermore grain-inclusive dog food recipes are low in carbohydrates (but slightly higher than the grain-free), high in fat, and high in protein (less than 20% carbs, greater than 44% fat, and greater than 30% protein).

Evermore recipes are complete and balanced for adult dogs, however they can be modified for puppies per the company website.

OVERVIEW:

Who formulated the EverMore diets? Did you work with a particular consulting group, or a particular individual to formulate your recipes – if so could you provide the name of the person/group that did.

The initial recipes that eventually went on to become Evermore were formulated in 2006, in consultation with Cold River Veterinary Center in Vermont. It’s a long story as to how what initially started as a cancer diet for dogs in TriBeCa post-9/11 went on to become the roots of Evermore, which you can find here. Over the years, we have consulted with several highly respected experts in the animal nutrition field.

Do you have anyone on staff with an animal nutrition, food science, animal science, or veterinary background? If so, what is their education level and experience in the field? 

We are a small, self-funded company with 3 full-time employees. Our consultant on retainer is Meg (Marion) Smart DVM PhD Professor Emeritus of Clinical Nutrition University of Saskatchewan. 

Where do you source your ingredients from? What do you require from suppliers as far as paperwork so ensure ingredient consistency? What testing do you do on ingredients coming into the facility? In particular do you test for: pathogens (salmonella, listeria, e.coli, campylobacter), mycotoxins, and heavy metals? If you do not do testing yourselves what type of certificates of analysis or third-party testing do you require on ingredients coming into the facility?

When it comes to sourcing our ingredients, we go straight to the source, no middlemen. This includes importing lamb from New Zealand specifically to order. The only exception is our fresh produce vendor, who is an organic-only produce distributor. Even in this case, we always know which farms our produce comes from. We NEVER source from China.

USA: Grass-Fed Beef (CA), BF GMO-free Chicken (CA), ABF GMO-free Turkey (CA), Pasture-Raised Eggs (CA), Org. Sweet Potatoes (CA), Org. Butternut Squash (OR), Org. Carrots (CA), Org. Apples (OR or WA), Org. Kale (CA), Org. Dandelion Greens (CA), Wild Blueberries (ME), Org. Cranberries (MN), Org. Parsley (CA), Org. Oats (northwest/central US), Org. Barley (northwest/central US), MSC-certified Wild Red Pollock oil (AK), Org. Pumpkin Seeds (OR), Org. Alfalfa Leaf (NV), GMO-free High Linoleic Safflower Oil (CA), Eggshell Calcium (US), Zinc Gluconate (US), Copper Amino Acid Chelate (US)

New Zealand: Grass-Fed Lamb

Canada: Org. Kelp; specifically Bladderwrack

We require specs and/or Letters of Guarantee for meat and specs and Certificates of Analyses (COA’s) for all other ingredients, which ensure products are in spec, both from composition and food safety perspectives. They contain results for pathogens, yeast/mold (e.g., mycotoxins, aflatoxins), and heavy metals. We also require Country of Origin (COO) statements in the rare instances when the US supply chain is compromised for a particular crop. We update these after each new order. Our meat does not leave the slaughterhouse without being tested.

We source only meats from humanely raised animals. Our California beef is 100% grass-fed. Our primary supplier is a member of the American Grass-fed Association (AGA), and our backup supplier is a family-owned and runs a network of ranches that are fully committed to raising free-range, pastured cattle, and their slaughter facility is Temple Grandin-designed. Our lamb is GAP 4, 100% grass-fed from New Zealand (where there is only grass-fed lamb), and the husbandry standards there are more stringent than in the US. Our chicken and turkey, both California-raised, are GAP 3 and are fed a GMO-free diet. Our eggs are pasture-raised.

Where do you source your vitamin/mineral supplements? Do you require a certificate of analysis from suppliers of vitamin supplements?

 Please see above. Supplements are from the US, all human-grade, and we require COAs for each of the three minerals (eggshell calcium, zinc, and copper), as well as a COA for the completed premixes.

Where are the EverMore recipes manufactured? Do you own your own manufacturing facilities? Are any other pet foods or human foods manufactured at the same facility, if so which ones? How is the equipment cleaned between batches? If you use a co-packing facility or a facility that also manufactures other food items how do they prevent cross-contamination between batches?

We work with a USDA-inspected, family-owned and run copack facility in California. We are the only pet food manufacturer there. There are other human foods made in the facility. We are the only food produced on the production floor during the days that our food is being made, and all equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between batches and every day, according to the HAACP plan and USDA food safety protocols.

What post-manufacturing testing is performed on the EverMore products? Do you test for: pathogens, mycotoxins, metal fragments, guaranteed analysis, thyroid hormone, the full nutrient profile of amino acids, and essential fatty acids? Do your products undergo a “test and hold” procedure where the food is held for several days to wait for all quality control testing to come back prior to shipping it out to the customer?

We test every recipe from each day we produce, and nothing leaves the kitchen until results have come back as expected. Our standard battery includes proximate/guaranteed analysis, expanded mineral panel (calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, sodium, sulfur), and a food screen (E. coli, salmonella, listeria, staph, mold, yeast, total coliforms, aerobic plate count). We also do regular spot checks of various other minerals, vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, and pH.

We do not buy or use whole animals or cuts of the animal where thyroid hormones are a concern.

Is the food you produce considered “human edible” by AAFCO standards or “human grade”?

Yes, all of our ingredients and supplements are human edible, and all food is made in a USDA kitchen. 

Have the EverMore recipes undergone AAFCO feeding trials? If not, do you have plans to do so? 

No, only if we can arrange in-home feeding trials, 

Have you done digestibility trials on your diets, if so could I have the digestibility data?

Please see above answer

Has your company ever had a recall? If so, what have you done to prevent this from ever happening again?

No

RECIPES:

Chicken Recipe

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken hearts, eggs, organic sweet potatoes, organic carrots, chicken livers, organic kale, organic apples, organic dandelion greens, blueberries, organic parsley, organic oats, organic barley, fish oil, organic dried kelp, organic pumpkin seeds, organic alfalfa, safflower oil, eggshell calcium, zinc gluconate, copper amino acid chelate.

AAFCO Statement: Evermore’s Chicken Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.

Balanced for only adults.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 12.3%
  • Fat: 5.8%
  • Fiber: 0.6%
  • Moisture: 74.1%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 47.4%
  • Fat: 22.4%
  • Carbs: 22%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 38%
  • Fat: 44%
  • Carbs: 18%

Beef Recipe

Ingredients: Beef, beef hearts, eggs, organic sweet potatoes, organic carrots, beef livers, organic kale, organic apples, organic dandelion greens, blueberries, organic parsley, organic oats, organic barley, fish oil, organic dried kelp, organic pumpkin seeds, organic alfalfa, safflower oil, eggshell calcium, zinc gluconate.

AAFCO Statement: Evermore’s Beef Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.

Balanced for both only adults.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 12.5%
  • Fat: 8.7%
  • Fiber: 0.7%
  • Moisture: 69.9%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 30.1%
  • Fat: 41.4%
  • Carbs: 28.9%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 31%
  • Fat: 52%
  • Carbs: 17%

Lamb Recipe

Ingredients: Lamb shoulder, lamb hearts, eggs, organic pumpkin, organic carrots, lamb livers, organic kale, organic apples, organic dandelion greens, blueberries, organic parsley, fish oil, organic dried kelp, organic pumpkin seeds, organic alfalfa, safflower oil, eggshell calcium, zinc gluconate.

AAFCO Statement: Evermore’s Lamb Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.

Balanced for only adults.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 12%
  • Fat: 10%
  • Fiber: 0.7%
  • Moisture: 72.5%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 43.8%
  • Fat: 36.3%
  • Carbs: 12.7%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 30%
  • Fat: 61%
  • Carbs: 9%

Turkey Recipe

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey hearts, eggs, organic butternut squash, organic carrots, turkey livers, organic kale, organic apples, organic dandelion greens, organic cranberries, organic parsley, fish oil, organic pumpkin seeds, organic alfalfa, safflower oil, organic dried kelp, eggshell calcium, zinc gluconate, copper amino acid chelate.

AAFCO Statement: Evermore’s Turkey Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.

Balanced for only adults.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 13.5%
  • Fat: 6.5%
  • Fiber: 0.6%
  • Moisture: 74.9%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 53.8%
  • Fat: 25.7%
  • Carbs: 12.1%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 42%
  • Fat: 49%
  • Carbs: 9%

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