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Old 06-14-2012, 11:37 AM
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Default Acana Regionals - slight formula changes

Just an FYI. Don't panic or anything.

"Champion is excited to announce that enhancements to ACANA REGIONALS — Wild Prairie, Pacifica, Grasslands, Ranchlands — are just wrapping up and will be shipping June 15 (dog foods only).

The enhancements better express our Biologically Appropriate, Fresh Regional Ingredients, Never Outsourced [BA.FRI.NO.] mandate with new formulations featuring MORE Fresh Regional Ingredients; which have improved palatability
and feeding performance. We have also updated and enhanced the packaging and changed the sizes to match the rest of the ACANA line up."

I've compared the ingredients, and the changes are pretty minimal - adding Alberta red lentils, reducing potato, and altering the botanicals.

An example, the Ranchlands now:

INGREDIENTS
Deboned beef, lamb meal, herring meal, russet potato, peas, beef liver, herring oil, deboned bison, deboned lamb, sun-cured alfalfa, salmon meal, lamb liver, pea fiber, pumpkin, spinach, turnip greens, tomatoes, carrots, apples, kelp, cranberries, blueberries, juniper berries, chicory root, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, summer savory, rosemary.

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And the new upcoming Ranchlands:

INGREDIENTS
Deboned beef, beef meal, green peas, deboned lamb, lamb meal, white***64257;sh meal*, herring oil, ***64257;eld beans, red lentils, whole potato, salmon meal, deboned bison, beef liver, lamb liver, sun-cured alfalfa, pea ***64257;bre, whole apples, whole pears, sweet potato, whole pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, spinach greens, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, chicory root, juniper berries,
angelica root, marigold ***64258;owers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, lavender, rosemary.
* ACANA’s whitefish meal contains wild-caught flounder, halibut and cod

VITAMINS, MINERALS, SUPPLEMENTS
Vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

The three other formulas have the identical changes. Some of the protein sources seem to bounce around on the ingredient list some, like in the Ranchlands up there, and there is more fish inclusion in all the formulas. The guaranteed analysis is identical except fibre is higher (5% across the board), likely due to the bean inclusion.

I'm not sure the new formulas are better - they're certainly still great. I don't like that peas are pushed up as a protein source. I like that the eggs are nest-laid now. I like that the meat sources are continuing to improve.

Figured my fellow dog foodies would be interested! If you want the other three formula comparisons, I can post - copying from a PDF is aggravating due to line breaks.

Me? I feed Finnegan all four of these in rotation and still like the formula. Don't plan to change. I'm just crying at having to create 12 new SKUs in our data entry. *shakes fist at Champion!*
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:48 AM
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I was just going to post this today. They gave us a bunch of sheets that i was going to photograph and post on the changes.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:55 AM
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Blah! I got all excited when I didn't see lamb as the second ingredient anymore, thought I might actually be able to feed it. Alas, it's still in there

They're not adding eggs to Pacifica I hope. That's the only Acana that Frodo can have right now.

They need to come out with a Singles with either Pork/Beef/Bison/Rabbit and then I would be the happiest person ever.
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Mandy, I would love it if you would do that!
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I was just going to post this today. They gave us a bunch of sheets that i was going to photograph and post on the changes.
Do it! I just have the electronic copies and can only print in B&W.
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Thanks for posting!

In regards to bag sizes, does this mean the grain-frees are going down to only 5lbs, too, vs. 5.5lbs? I know it's not a huge difference. That's the one reason I haven't been liking feeding the Singles line - the bag is different... the top is not as "open" as the grainfree, if that makes sense. It's like pinched in?
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:51 PM
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I would love to know the Pacifica changes. That is what Zander is on now, because there are SO MANY things he can't have.

I just ordered another bag today, because there was a special going on this week. He doesn't actually *need* food, though, and this stuff lasts forever, so I'm prepared for a change if I have to make it.
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Here's the rest:

Wild Prairie, Old:

INGREDIENTS
Chicken meal, russet potato, boneless chicken, boneless walleye, whitefish meal*, peas, chicken fat, sun-cured alfalfa, chicken liver, boneless Lake Whitefish, whole eggs, salmon oil, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, turnip greens, tomatoes, carrots, apples, organic kelp, cranberries, blueberries, juniper berries, black currants, chicory root, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, summer savory, rosemary.

* ACANA whitefish meal contains wild-caught Alaskan cod, pollack, sole, and haddock.

Wild Prairie, New:

INGREDIENTS
Deboned chicken, chicken meal, green peas, turkey meal, chicken liver oil, ***64257;eld beans, red lentils, whole potato, deboned turkey, whole egg, deboned walleye, sun-cured alfalfa, pea ***64257;ber, chicken liver, herring oil, whole apples, whole pears, sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, spinach greens, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, chicory root, juniper berries, angelica root, marigold ***64258;owers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, lavender, rosemary.

VITAMINS, MINERALS, SUPPLEMENTS
Vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

Pacifica, Old:

INGREDIENTS
Boneless salmon, salmon meal, herring meal, russet potato, peas, whitefish meal*, sweet potatoes, salmon oil, sun-cured alfalfa, boneless herring, boneless flounder, natural fish flavors, pumpkin, turnip greens, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, apples, organic kelp, cranberries, blueberries, juniper berries, black currants, chicory root, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, summer savory, rosemary.

* ACANA’s whitefish meal contains wild-caught Alaskan cod, pollack, sole, and haddock.

Pacifica, New:

INGREDIENTS
Boneless salmon, salmon meal, herring meal, white***64257;sh meal*, green peas, red lentils, whole potato, boneless herring, boneless ***64258;ounder, herring oil, ***64257;eld beans, canola oil, sun-cured alfalfa, pea ***64257;ber, natural ***64257;sh ***64258;avor, whole apples, whole pears, sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips,
carrots, spinach greens, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, chicory root, juniper berries, angelica root, marigold ***64258;owers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, lavender, rosemary
* ACANA’s whitefish meal contains wild-caught flounder, halibut and cod

VITAMINS, MINERALS, SUPPLEMENTS
Vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

Grasslands, Old:

INGREDIENTS
Boneless lamb, lamb meal, salmon meal, russet potato, herring meal, chicken meal, peas, sweet potato, boneless duck, salmon oil, chicken fat, boneless walleye, dried chicken liver, sun-cured alfalfa, whole egg, pumpkin, spinach, turnip greens, tomatoes, carrots, apples, organic kelp, cranberries, blueberries, juniper berries, black currants, chicory root, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, summer savory, rosemary.
* ACANA whitefish meal contains wild-caught Alaskan cod, pollack, sole and haddock.

SUPPLEMENTS
Vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

Grasslands, New:

INGREDIENTS
Deboned lamb, lamb meal, duck meal, white***64257;sh meal*, whole peas, red lentils, ***64257;eld beans, whole potato, deboned duck, whole eggs, deboned walleye, duck fat, herring oil, lamb liver, herring meal, sun-cured alfalfa, pea ***64257;bre, whole apples, whole pears, sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, spinach, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, chicory root, juniper berries, angelica root, marigold ***64258;owers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, lavender, rosemary.
* ACANA’s whitefish meal contains wild-caught flounder, halibut and cod

VITAMINS, MINERALS, SUPPLEMENTS
Vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

Pacifica and Wild Prairie didn't have the supplement inclusions on the current website, though it may be in the PDFs.
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Thank you! And yayz, Fromo can still have Pacifica
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Thank you! And yayz, Fromo can still have Pacifica
Ditto!
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