"Calamigos Ranch Just Launched Healthy Meatballs — For Your Dog" Tanya Akim
Check out this article on Migos Dog, one of the companies Samantha Henson works closely with as their recipe formulator. Keep reading to find out more about these adorable, balanced meatballs!
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Some of the deep phenomena that attract intense human interest are predictable: the universe explained, what happens when you meet your soulmate, and the vast fortune that an owner will blindly and willfully spend on their dog.
The stare — often interpreted as human-like, adoring, or unnamed curiosity — may cause owners and animal lovers the melting effect of an Alpine fondue pot. Whether it’s a display of humans’ vanity or a genuine desire to spoil man’s best friend, pets often carry an imaginary carte blanche with their human’s name and address.
According to a white paper published by the American Pet Products Association, the pet supply industry reached a historic high in 2020 with over $103 billion in sales — the first time it’s surpassed the $100 billion mark. Due largely in-part to the spike in human anxiety levels and pandemic pets, market research predicts that the industry trend is here to stay, and this is only the first of many milestones we’ll see when studying animal affection.
While some are more lavish with their offerings, it’s common nature for a pet owner to treat their animal to the same detailed wellness program that they themselves adhere to. Last month, the USDA published a market study on organic foods and trends. Organic sales have not only widened in all food categories, organic products are now available at 3 out of every 4 conventional grocery stores and supermarkets. As the wellness and health-conscious lodestone of the United States, California houses several cities that champion the clean living trend. Among those many wellness-seeking cells, Malibu is arguably the undeclared nucleus.
Founded in 1947 by Grant Gerson, Calamigos Ranch is both a breathtaking family-owned retreat and hotel in the Malibu Mountains, and now, a dog food kitchen. “We’re very active humans,” say the founders of Migos Dog. “We have active dogs that, like us, also need proper nutrition to fuel their adventurous spirits.” The line of fresh dog food is focused on proteins and optimal canine health. Each batch of meatballs is handmade in the Calamigos Ranch kitchen by the resort’s executive chefs. “We’ve had an overwhelming amount of support from our community.” And dogs are rave reviewers, too.
With flavors like duck, chicken, salmon, and a special puppy blend, even the pickiest eater or harshest culinary critic will find their pièce de résistance in the line of fresh food. For dogs that are new to the fresh, human-grade food experience, the brand provides detailed instructions to make sure that transitions are smooth for both pets and their owners. Many pet parents have reported never-before-seen exuberance with the introduction of fresh food into their dog’s diet — something to be wary of when transitioning from dry products or kibble. This type of overstimulation — just like for humans — can be upsetting to a digestive system. Luckily, the changeover typically takes only days.
But not just any pet owner can blend their chicken leftovers in a Vitamix and call it a meatball. Migos Dog tapped Samantha Henson, an award-winning clinical pet nutritionist, to craft and create their upscale recipes with nutrition at the forefront. “We lead with our hearts and we found the right people to join our team,” said Maria Zakhar, the brand’s head of marketing, when describing their vision and lengthy formulation process.
At $3 per meatball entree, not all humans can afford the utmost in pet luxury. Migos Dog attributes their hefty price tag to both the monitored care of production and the high levels of protein in each meal. In fact, Migos Dog meatballs boast a higher protein content than any of their fresh food competitors in the luxury division.
And Migos Dog doesn’t just sell a meatball. For those in Malibu, they sell an experience. For total immersion, the brand hosts a monthly meet-up for pets and their owners to picnic on the vast grounds of Calamigos Ranch. While hounds enjoy their fresh, home-cooked meals, owners can indulge in charcuterie and picnic baskets made up of the resort’s healthful yet luscious menu. Dogs leave their lunch appointment with goodie bags that rival an awards season swag-suite, while owners can savor in the joy of puppy play over a bottle of champagne, toasting to a seriously posh experience — for both people and pets.
By Tanya Akim
Posted to Forbes on: Jun 17, 2021,08:00am EDT