Orijen vs. Fromm


Orijen vs Fromm

Orijen and Fromm Family are well known and respected brands in the pet food industry. Both of these brands produce diets that are significantly better than most commercially available pet foods.

Orijen is produced by a Canadian company called Champion Pet Foods. They also own and manufacture the Acana brand of pet food.

Fromm is produced by Fromm Family Foods, which is a fifth-generation family owned business. The Fromm Family has a rich history in the pet food industry. They have been manufacturing pet food since the 1940s.

Although both brands make high-quality dog and cat food products, there are significant differences between the two brands. The ultimate choice of which brand is better for your pet will depend on your budget and your pet’s preferences.

Guaranteed Analysis Comparison: Fromm vs. Orijen

There are significant differences in the average proportion of macro-nutrients provided by each brand. To evaluate these differences, we’ll use the guaranteed analysis information provided by each brand.

In general, the guaranteed analysis panel can be located on the back of pet food packaging. The panel provides guaranteed minimums and guaranteed maximums for several key macro-nutrients (protein, fat, and fiber).

You’ll notice the term “crude” used when discussing guaranteed analysis. This term refers to the method of testing used to derive the guaranteed percentages, it does not refer to the quality of the protein, fat, or fiber.

Finally, the comparisons below will focus only on dry food because Orijen currently does not offer any wet or canned pet food.

Orijen Dog Food vs. Fromm Dog Food

Orijen Fromm
Crude Protein 42.35% 28.51% Dry Food
Crude Fat 23.90% 16.54% Dry Food
Crude Fiber 6.28% 4.79% Wet Food

This table shows the average percentages for crude protein (min), crude fat (min), and crude fiber (max). These numbers do not include any wet food options provided by Fromm.

The primary difference between the two brands is the minimum guaranteed amount of protein and fat. Orijen provides significantly more protein and a considerably higher level of fat.

Fromm dry dog food provides a minimum (on average) of 28.51% crude protein. This minimum percentage is on-par with many of the most popular commercial dry dog food brands.

On average, Orijen dry dog foods provide a minimum of 42.35% protein. This minimum is significantly greater than most major commercial dry dog food brands. In comparison to Fromm, Orijen guarantees 13.84% more protein.

The next area of significance is the difference in fat content. On average, Orijen dry dog foods contain a minimum of 23.90% whereas Fromm dry dog foods contain a minimum of 16.54%.

Some dogs may have an issue with the higher fat content of Orijen. For example, high-fat foods are known to cause low-grade recurrent pancreatitis. Certain breeds may have a genetic predisposition for recurring pancreatitis and therefore should avoid high-fat diets.

Similarly, very high-protein diets such as those offered by Orijen may not be appropriate for dogs with kidney or liver problems. Therefore, consult with your veterinarian before feeding high-protein or high-fat diets if your dog or cat has any medical conditions.

Keep in mind, the percentages used in this review are averages across all dry dog food recipes offered by Orijen and Fromm. Within each brand, you’ll find products with different nutritional breakdowns. It’s important that you choose a diet which is appropriate for your dog age, size, and activity level.

Orijen Cat Food vs. Fromm Cat Food

Orijen Fromm
Crude Protein 45.78% 37.47% Dry Food
Crude Fat 21.11% 19.09% Dry Food
Crude Fiber 4.00% 5.15% Wet Food

This table shows the average protein, fat, and fiber guarantees provided by each brand. The table only considers dry cat food.

Orijen offers considerably more protein and slightly more fat. Fromm’s minimum guarantee of 37.47% is on-par with most major commercial cat food diets. Orijen guarantees at least 8.31% more protein, which is a significant amount.

Because cats are obligate carnivores, higher-protein cat foods are preferable for healthy cats. The difference in fat between the two brands is fairly insignificant.

Fromm Family also offers wet cat food options which provide a guaranteed minimum of 44.69% protein. If you’d like to feed more protein, complementing Fromm dry cat food with wet cat food is an excellent choice.

Orijen Pet Food Ingredients vs. Fromm Pet Food Ingredients

Neither Orijen nor Fromm use any type of artificial preservatives, flavors, or food dyes. Both brands have also publicly stated that none of their ingredient originate in China.

Outside of the two points made above, we could not find any more information of substance regarding Fromm Family ingredients. On the other hand, Orijen provides significantly more detailed information regarding ingredients. Here is an except from the Orijen website:

We choose our ingredient partners carefully and set quality and nutritional standards to meet our own food standards. In Kentucky and other areas of the United States, we’re connected to regional farmers, ranchers, and fishermen whose values match our own, and who we are proud to name. These suppliers provide fresh and custom ingredients that are GMO-free and sustainably and ethically produced.

Fruit, vegetable, and botanical ingredients are of table quality, and all meat ingredients come from animals deemed fit for human consumption.

Ample information is also provided regarding the specific farmers/ranchers that Orijen works with. This type of information is rarely provided by pet food brands, which is a testament to Orijen’s pride in the food that comes out of their facilities.

Here is an additional except from the Orijen website regarding ingredient quality:

The fresh meats, meat meals, and fat ingredients – every animal ingredient we use – are produced exclusively from animals that have been deemed fit for human consumption, and are produced in European Union Category 3 facilities (human grade facilities, no flushing, and no 4-D animal parts permitted on premises).

All fruits and vegetables used in ORIJEN foods are of table quality and deemed fit for human consumption.

When it comes to ingredient quality in dry pet food, Orijen is truly on another level. As we’ll see later in this review, Orijen’s superior ingredient quality comes with a higher price-tag as expected.

Unfortunately, as we mentioned earlier, Fromm Family does not provide any detailed information regarding its suppliers or ingredients. Additionally, our research indicates that Fromm uses some controversial ingredients to make its dog and cat food products.

Fromm Family uses beet pulp and tomato pomace in many of its recipes. While these are not harmful ingredients, many consumers believe that they are in-expensive fillers. Proponents of these two ingredients claim that they provide needed dietary fiber and promote intestinal health as well as regular blood sugar.

Fromm also uses garlic in some of its recipes. Garlic is typically considered safe in very small quantities, but it can be toxic in large quantities. To be safe, many pet owners choose to avoid feeding foods that contain garlic.

Finally, we’ve noticed that Fromm also uses pea protein inside many of its recipes. Pea protein is an inexpensive plant-based protein source used to boost the overall protein content of the recipe. In general, plant based protein is inferior to animal/meat based protein. Therefore, the substitution of meat-based protein for plant based protein is typically undesirable.

In our opinion, the usage of beet pulp, tomato pomace, and garlic are relatively minor issues that shouldn’t necessarily influence your choice. However, the usage of pea protein is slightly more significant and should be taken into account when choosing between Orijen and Fromm.

Compare Manufacturing Between Fromm & Orijen

Fromm Pet Foods are manufactured in the United States. The company owns and operates its own manufacturing facilities located in Wisconsin.

All dry foods, wet foods, and low-fat treats are made inside company-owned facilities. However, grain free treats are made inside a partner facility also located in Wisconsin.

Similarly, Champion Pet Foods (owner of Orijen and Acana) operates its own manufacturing facilities located in the United States (Kentucky) and Canada (Alberta). All Orijen pet foods are made inside these company-owned facilities.

Furthermore, Orijen specifically states that the company’s manufacturing facilities are never used to produce food for any other brand or company.

When it comes to pet food manufacturing, we prefer brands that produce their own foods. Consumers are often unaware that many popular brands of pet food outsource the physical manufacturing to third-party co-packers. These arrangements often increase the likelihood of contamination and manufacturing error. Thankfully, both Fromm and Orijen have taken control of the manufacturing process by building and operating their own manufacturing plants.

Product Safety: Which Brand Is Safer?

Fromm Family has been making pet food since the 1940s. During their history, they have only issued one recall. The recall was announced in 2016 and was issued because some products contained elevated levels of vitamin D. All brands are susceptible to errors and missteps, therefore one recall since 1940 is an impressive track record.

Orijen has also issued only one recall throughout its history. The recall occurred in 2008 and was limited to products sold in Australia. The story behind the recall and the reason it occurred are fairly detailed, if you’d like to read more visit our Orijen Recall History Page.

In our option, both brands have demonstrated a strong commitment to product safety throughout the years. Thus, we have no reason to question the safety of the products produced by Orijen or Fromm Family.

Product Variety & Availability: Orijen vs. Fromm

Unlike Orijen, Fromm offers a complete line of canned pet food. On the other hand, Orijen offers freeze-dried raw foods which can be re-hydrated with water.

After re-hydrating, the moisture level of the freeze-dried food should mimic the moisture level of canned food. Therefore, Orijen’s freeze-dried food is an excellent alternative to canned food.

Overall, both brands offer a decent amount of variety across product lines. Pet owners have many different flavors and protein choices to choose from. With both options, you’ll find diets designed specifically for puppies, kittens, adults, and senior pets.

If you’d like to purchase either of these two brands, we recommend using our price comparison tool. These brands can easily be purchased online from reputable online pet stores.

If you’d prefer to purchase locally, contact your local boutique pet stores to see if they carry Orijen or Fromm. Keep in mind, purchasing from a brick-and-mortar location is usually more expensive.

Price Comparison: Which Brand Provides More Value?

Orijen Fromm Difference
Dry Dog Food $3.77 $2.17 $1.60
Dry Cat Food $5.47 $3.56 $1.91

As we’ve alluded to earlier, Orijen is a more expensive brand of pet food. On average, Orijen dry dog food will cost $3.77 per pound, whereas Fromm will cost $2.17 per pound.

For cat food, the difference is even more significant. If you choose to feed Orijen dry cat food instead of Fromm dry cat food, you’ll pay nearly $2 more per pound.

Over the course of your pet’s life, this price difference will become very significant. For pet owners on a tight budget, Orjen may simply be out of reach.

You can use our price comparison tool if you’d like to search for potential discounts and offers. In general, comparing prices across retailers is an excellent way to save money on pet food.