In 1979 Reinhard Muhlenfeld began producing dog food in his small feed mill in Alberta. With Secondhand Equipment and a single bagging unit he began producing dog food for the local farming and ranching community.
In 1990 he opened his first kitchen in the nearby town of Morinville Alberta giving him the ability to enter the pet food market where Champion pet foods quickly rose as a leading food in the pet specialty market.
in 2005 Reinhard's son Peter and his wife Yona, driven by love for their dachshund, developed their biologically appropriate nutritional philosophy inspiring the creation of the bran Orijen. Built on animal based protein-rich foods for dogs and cats the biologically appropriate philosophy revolutionized the pet food industry.
In 2020 they opened their brand new, state-of-the-art NorthStar Kitchen which is widely recognized as the most advanced pet food facility in the world