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High Quality Is a Part of Our Very Foundation

Watch as founder Bill Bishop discusses how quality and safety have been and always will be a priority.

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Our Manufacturing Standards

The Blue Buffalo 6-Point Quality Check

At Blue Buffalo, we’ve always started by selecting the highest quality ingredients. But that’s just the beginning. All of our foods and treats undergo a rigorous 6-point quality check because quality and safety mean everything at BLUE. The 6 points include:

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    First Quality Check

    • As part of the formulation of all Blue Buffalo products, we start by testing each ingredient for its nutritional value
    • For each shipment that comes in, our ingredients suppliers are required to test ingredients to ensure they meet our specific quality requirements
    • We check the quality of each of our suppliers by verifying their programs and processes
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    Test Ingredients

    Second Quality Check

    • Before ingredients come into the manufacturing facilities, we double-check to ensure their quality was maintained in transit
    • We make sure ingredients will deliver on BLUE’s Guaranteed Analysis for each of our products
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    Third Quality Check

    • At this point we start batching, which means we combine ingredients to create the desired dietary formula
    • We conduct ongoing monitoring to ensure BLUE formulas are made correctly
    • During this process, we track where and how we use the ingredients
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    Fourth Quality Check

    • We collect samples to verify that we’re meeting product specifications
    • Facilities and equipment are thoroughly cleaned on a routine basis and monitored for cleanliness daily
    • We maintain and test equipment to ensure it’s working correctly
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    Fifth Quality Check

    • After packages are filled, we use metal detectors/X-rays as an extra step to ensure food safety
    • We check the integrity of the packaging to ensure freshness
    • Then we verify net weight and check the physical appearance
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    Sixth Quality Check

    • After everything is packaged, our plant teams conduct final, formal product reviews to make sure everything we make meets our quality and safety standards
    • And finally, we track product performance and monitor feedback, ensuring your pets get the highest quality, most effective product possible

Our State-of-the-Art Facilities


We have two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities – one in Joplin, MO and one in Richmond, IN. Here, our products undergo a robust formulation, manufacturing and testing process to ensure they are safe, effective and compliant with all nutrient requirements outlined by AAFCO and the Global Nutrition Committee of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

Even with the stringent testing that occurs prior to ingredients arriving at our facilities, once there, we employ frequent in-process quality checks to ensure superior quality products. When a product is “finished” it undergoes post-process on-site or third-party laboratory testing to ensure all of our specifications and quality standards are achieved.

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