Puppy Love salmon treats come home to Seldovia

Seldovia, Alaska
Credit: AK Tour & Travel

February 10, 2017

 

It’s taken four years but a pet treat business will soon open its doors in Seldovia, a town of less than 300 people at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula. Here comes Puppy Love salmon treats – formerly made in Anchorage; now coming home.

“The goal was always to come to Seldovia. Because it’s a value added product, it’s not like we’re processing and putting on ice and shipping it across the bay. We’re making it here and packaging it here and we can palletize it and ship it at a cost that makes sense business-wise.”  

Brendan Bieri is COO of Seldovia Wild Seafood. He and his father, Michel, originally from France and a trained chef, created a special smoked jerky recipe for the dog treats made from minced salmon.

“Michel is a great cook because he’s got such a background in food chemistry.  We made our own thing and we are really proud of what we make.”  



The Puppy Love line includes three items: jerky treats, trainers and sticks.

“It’s all smoked salmon, shelf stable; you don’t need to freeze it. Just keep it on the counter and it’s good to go.”  

The treats so far are sold at several feed and pet stores in Anchorage, as well as boutique shops and on line.  Bieri says they have interest from buyers in the US, Europe and Asia. The focus now, though, is getting the new plant operational to ramp up production.

“What we’re focused on now, since we’ve moved from Anchorage to Seldovia, is getting a plant ready and getting all the certifications we need for the mass market.”



Seldovia Wild also will shift from buying its salmon from large processors to buying directly from local fishermen. The company plans to put at least 10 people to work when it’s up and running.

Bieri says dog treats are a $2 billion dollar business and they hope to bring a small portion of it to Seldovia.  Bieri says the Puppy Love line is as much about promoting Seldovia as selling the treats.

“We’re not only promoting Seldovia with our product, which is an area that we really want to get real excitement about again. “

Find the Puppy Love treats at www.seldoviawild.com.



 

AK Salmon Fellows aim for common ground to shape/protect the future

 

 

February 2, 2017

The Alaska Salmon Fellows program aims to bring together users who all have one thing in common: the desire to protect the fish.   

“The purpose of the Salmon Fellows Program is to connect established and emerging promising leaders from all different sectors across Alaska’s salmon communities.3 People who are passionate, engaged in important work, and engaged in many different facets – bringing them together for an 18 month journey.”

Kitty Farnham is Director of Leadership Programs for the Alaska Humanities Forum, sponsor of the Fellows program.  Salmon can be a flashpoint for conflicts among users. The Salmon Fellows aim to build a common foundation.

“That’s the goal by bringing different perspectives together people who care about the future and want to work together, letting them shape some strategies and initiatives by learning from each other.  We really believe our mission and our vision is connecting Alaskans through our experiences, stories and ideas in order to improve communities and lives. So this notion of holding a space where we can have difficult dialogs but it’s promising because it helps people listen and learn differently. We really believe it takes all thinkers and all residents to be part of different solutions.”


 


The Fellows each will receive $10,000 to support their participation in the program.

“Truly, there are no restrictions on that. It may be used to cover child care or elder care for someone’s participation.  They might choose to use that money to invest in their existing work; they can spend the $10,000 however they want individually. “

Travel expenses to four gatherings starting in May also are covered.  Other funds will be used to advance Salmon Fellow projects –

“Projects they come up with as a result of listening and talking with each other. Things they can do together that they can’t do alone. Those initiatives will be separately funded.”

 

 

 

A webinar on the Salmon Fellows program is set for Feb. 8.  Deadline to apply is February 28.  Visit the Alaska Humanities Forum here –