The Flint River Ranch company has announced it will be increasing the price on its Flint River Ranch Lamb, Millet, and Rice Dog Foods effective May 10th, 2008, so make sure to get any needed lamb and rice dog food orders in before then. On May 10th the prices will change from:
FRR Lamb & Rice – 20lb bag (LMR20): From $30.89 to $32.89
FRR Lamb & Rice – 40lb order (LMR40): From $56.79 to $58.79
FRR Lamb & Rice – 200lb order (LMR200): From $276.99 to $289.99
FRR Lamb & Rice – 520lb order (LMR520): From $679.99 to $729.99
The price changes are due to the continued price pressures on the cost of ingredients in Flint River Ranch pet foods. Following the pet food recall in 2007, many pet food manufacturers turned to buying their lamb exclusively from New Zealand, which has long been recognized for its high quality and efficient production capabilities.
Large commercial pet food companies have made a huge impact on the cost of lamb since most have discontinued purchasing from their old sources in China. This coupled with the declining value of the US dollar and a historic drought in New Zealand and Australia (severely depleting their viable crops) has caused commodity pricing to soar to historic levels.
Flint River Ranch has made contractual agreements with its suppliers to maintain its quantity and high quality demands, but it has had to do so by agreeing to purchase lamb at the same price being offered by the larger pet food factories. This has resulted in the cost of lamb literally doubling overnight.
The cost of pet foods ingredients like lamb continue to rise without any sign of leveling off, but we will continue to do our best to keep Flint River Ranch prices as affordable as possible.