A. The Stradbroke Mill has been in the Skinner family for seven generations. We have been manufacturing our dog foods since the early 1970’s.
A. The Skinner family owns the business in its entirety. We are completely independent. Mr Roger Skinner is our Chairman.
A. We manufacture all our own products at our Mill in Suffolk. This means we have total control over every aspect of production from the sourcing of raw materials through to manufacture, distribution and most importantly quality control.
A. We utterly condemn the practice of animal testing and no animals are used, or tested on, in any way by our company.
A. Unlike some other manufacturers, we do not constantly change our recipes and formulations to take advantage of fluctuating raw material prices. Skinner’s do not change their formulations or recipes and our customers are assured of consistent high quality at all times. We are proud to state we manufacture to a formula and not a price.
A. The extruder is rather like a giant pressure cooker that cooks the ingredients by the introduction of steam. Two long corkscrew-shaped barrels rotate in opposite directions and the ingredients are introduced at one end and are cooked under high pressure as they are forced down the barrel. After extrusion, the food is dried, cooled and given a coating of fats and oils to enhance its flavour and digestibility.
A. Wherever possible we use locally grown cereals. However, many of the ingredients we use, such as rice, are not grown in the UK and these are obtained from reputable sources in other countries. All meat sources are British.
A. Yes. Our raw materials have been carefully sourced and are guaranteed to be GM free.
A. No, we do not add any chemical preservatives to our foods. Instead we use a blend of mixed tocopherols and rosemary oil, which are natural antioxidants. In addition, organic selenium is added to some of our diets, which again has been proven to be an extremely beneficial antioxidant.
A. Use our Stockist Locator to find a stockist near you or you can phone or email us and we will search our database of outlets who either stock Skinner’s products, or are able to get our products to order within a few days. We have always supported the independent pet trade and products can be found in pet shops, country stores and agricultural outlets up and down the country. Our products are not available in supermarkets.
A. Yes, we currently export our foods to many overseas countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Kenya, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
A. Many dogs, some say as much as one in three in the UK at the present time, are overweight. This can have huge implications on the health of the dog, as well as creating extra stress and pressure on their joints. Skinner’s have produced a ‘Light & Senior’ diet, lower in protein and energy than the foods designed for non-overweight dogs. Unlike many other products on the market, Skinner’s ‘Light & Senior’ does not contain cheap ‘bulking’ agents or fillers, designed to expand and make the dog feel fuller.
A. Humans are very often responsible for encouraging their dogs to be fussy, by offering them too wide a range of foods, titbits and treats. When it comes to mealtimes, dogs are then more interested in what other foods might be available if they leave their regular food. Of course, there are some dogs that for various reasons do not have very good appetites, and our Ruff & Ready with its mixture of meat, steam cooked flaked cereals and peas usually does the trick even with even the fussiest of eaters.
A. Some dogs have developed sensitivities or allergies to many ingredients found in dog foods. The most commonly occurring allergies are wheat, maize, dairy, soya, beef and chicken. We produce several hypoallergenic diets which are free from these ingredients.
A. We add extra Glucosamine and Chondroitin to many of our foods. Chondroitin Sulphate and Glucosamine Sulphate are key structural components in cartilage and are classed as amino-sugars. These have proven benefits to both older, and larger breeds of dog, where joint mobility is often challenged.
A. FOS (Fructo-Oligosaccharide) and MOS (Mannan-Oligosaccharide) are both classed as pre-biotics and are derived from natural sources. They help to promote a healthy digestive system and can aid in the resistance of pathogenic colonisation. We add a blend of MOS and FOS to our puppy foods, and these aid the production of healthy bacteria in the digestive system.
A. No, we do not add ash to our foods. Ash is simply the declaration we have to make which describes the part of the food with no nutritional value at all.