April 7, 2020, Mississauga, Ont. – United Raw Pet Foods Inc. has granted pay increases to both its hourly and salaried staff at each of its four frozen raw pet food manufacturing facilities in Canada.
Hourly staff have been granted a 10-per-cent increase in pay, while salaried staff have been granted a five-per-cent increase. The pay increases are permanent.
United Raw operates the largest group of frozen raw pet food manufacturing facilities in Canada with locations in Edmonton, Alt., Saskatoon, Sask., St. Thomas Ont., and Kemptville, Ont.
“This announcement is in recognition of the outstanding efforts our manufacturing teams have made during these trying times,” said Mark Warren, chairman & CEO of Dane Creek. “While many of our employees across our group of companies either have been forced or advised to work from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our manufacturing operations have relied on the steadfast commitment of those employees who make our 10 brands of raw pet food for pet owners across Canada.”
United Raw is 70-per-cent-owned by Dane Creek and 30-per-cent-owned by shareholders of Dane Creek. United Raw owns the largest family of frozen raw pet food brands in Canada, including brands such as Naturawls, Tollden Farms, Mountain Dog, Pets4Life, Spring Meadows and Quest.
“When it comes to our manufacturing team, their health and safety is of paramount importance,” said Brett Flahr, VP of manufacturing for Dane Creek. “Over the first quarter of 2020, we saw unprecedented demand for raw food from pet owners not only switching from kibble to raw feeding regimens but also from existing customers wishing to stock up as advised by their respective provincial government officials.
“Our manufacturing team feels obliged to ensure pet owners have the pet foods they need during these challenging times, which is evidenced by their dedication. In turn, we are obliged to look after our team.”
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