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Zuke’s LLC

Zuke’s Treats, Durango, CO.

  • Why? For healthy hounds and chipper cats.
  • Who Did It? Patrick Meiering, upon realizing that pets need healthy, all-natural treats just like humans do.
  • What They Have Built: It started with the first-ever energy bar for dogs. Zuke’s now offers an extensive assortment of healthy pet treats.
  • Out in Front: Petfood Industry reports that organic pet food sales are growing faster than human organic food sales. Packaged Facts anticipates the U.S. pet supplements industry will be worth $2 billion by 2015.
  • Going Green: Zuke’s entire crunchy treat line is made in a production plant powered by 100% wind energy. The line has eco-friendly packaging and the company’s offices are powered by 100% green electricity