We are passionate about healthy, natural food for dogs and we were thrilled to partner with natural dog treat company Anco Dog Treats for our birthday competition.
Here we find out more about them and how they started...
Managing Director of Anco Dog Treats, Colin Maidment, set up Anco in 2005.
Having worked in his parent’s pet shop from a young age and later as a sales representative for several large UK and US based pet companies, he was disheartened by the poor quality of dog treats available at the time, with most being cheap (sometimes dangerous) imports from China. He realised there must be a safer, healthier way to produce dogs treats, so he set about sourcing the finest quality, safe and chemical free, natural treats for dogs.
Whilst natural dog treats were somewhat unheard of in 2005, over 15 years later, Anco is a leading company in the UK dog treat market and now sells over 240 different dog treats across our ranges, which include Naturals, Roots, Antlers, Oceans, Trainers and Fusions.
All Anco dog treats are sourced in the UK & EU and we personally inspect our supplier’s factories. Having witnessed a European factory taking products out of bags from China and into their own packaging (stating they were made in the EU), Colin decided that personally inspecting his supplier’s factories was critical and he continues to stand by this rule. Many suppliers have been turned away because they do not meet Colin’s stringent ethical, hygiene or traceability standards. Anco pride themselves on the quality of their products and will only sell what they would be happy to feed to our own dogs.
Whilst dog nutrition and health is at the core of our business, Anco also take environmental factors very seriously. All of their treats are sustainably sourced and their packaging is all 100% recyclable. To minimise waste, they also sell 1kg bags of ‘offcuts’ of products that are perfect quality but do not meet the size or shape requirements for general sale i.e. too big, too small, misshapen etc. This offcuts range has been a huge success with Anco customers, who are increasingly concerned about minimising food waste, eliminating excess packaging and the environmental impact of our consumer choices.
In February of this year, Anco moved into their new warehouse and office in Cupar, which is over 4 times the size of their previous space. They have also quadrupled the amount of staff on their production team in order to keep up with demand.
Going forward, Anco have told us they have many new and exciting product ranges launching over the next 12 months – so watch this space!
Anco Dog Treats are available online at Anco.pet and at all good pet shops, nationwide.
Don't forget to enter our birthday competition where you could not only win a year's worth of Wilsons Pet Food but also will receive a £40 voucher to spend at Anco Dog Treats plus a bag of their Halloween treats. Enter today >