Blackwood Dog Food Carves Out Special Niche With Slow Cook Method
Twenty years ago, a father and son team in Ohio decided to create a different kind of dog food brand. The USP – Unique Selling Proposition – developed by Rob and Jim Golladay was that their dog food would be hand-made in small batches and slow-cooked.
The Golladay’s believed slow-cooking was a way to increase the nutritional profile of pet food while making it delicious. They have since produced scientific evidence that slow-cooking can deliver significant nutritional advantages for pet food.
The name of Jim and Rob's company is Blackwood Dog Food. In addition to keeping preparation batches small and slow-cooking, this company sources its ingredients only from local trusted suppliers known personally to the Golladay family.
The company owners said it took years to perfect their formula and preparation methods. They say slow-cooking bolsters nutritional content. They point to superior amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids as just one example of Blackwood pet food content. This substance has been associated with healthy skin and lustrous fur coats for dogs.
Blackwood makes both dog and cat foods. They have dozens of varieties based on different factors and needs of pets. A unique aspect of Blackwood is the company’s online recipe selector found on its website. This is a chart with a series of questions asking about the special qualities of each pet, such as age, activity level, special dietary considerations, and more. Filling in the information about each pet and pushing “show me” will reveal which formulation is recommended for each specific dog or cat.
Blackwood Dog Food is available for dogs in all stages of their lives, from puppy to senior citizens dog.
A survey of ingredients for all Blackwood product lines shows that content is meat dominant. This includes chicken, beef, pork, turkey, salmon, lamb liver, turkey liver, New Zealand lipped mussels, whitefish meal, catfish meal, buffalo meal, and dried egg product.
Blackwood also uses a series of grains and vegetables in its formulations. These include brown rice, oats, oatmeal, pearled barley, potato, pumpkin, dried beet pulp, dried brewer’s yeast, and flaxseed.
This brand also fortifies its pet food with vitamins, chelated minerals, and enzymes.
Company officials say they never use artificial colors, flavors, additives, or preservatives. Both canned and dried varieties are available. Blackwood lists the protein content of its dry food selection at about 24%.
Blackwood Dog Food is especially keen on the efficacy of its slow-cooked methodology. The company took part in a scientific study that looked at the effects of starch conversion in terms of nutrition for pets. It showed that the slow-cook method results in a higher starch conversion rate in the metabolism of dogs. That, in turn, can lead to increased energy and stamina, according to animal biochemistry researchers.
Blackwood’s cat food is also slow-cooked. The brand also offers a grain-free “special variety” cat food for cats with special dietary needs. The Blackwood brand is sold retail in selected pet food stores and grocery stores. It is also available for purchase online.