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OUTSIDE MAGAZINE NAMES PET FOOD COMPANY, THE HONEST KITCHEN, AS ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST PLACES TO WORK IN 2011

Dehydrated pet food company is nationally recognized for promoting work-life balance in their dog-friendly, San Diego office.

San Diego, Calif., (August 4, 2011) – The Honest Kitchen today was named in Outside Magazine’s fourth annual “Best Places to Work” list. The Honest Kitchen ranked 37 out of 50 selected companies. The full list and related story will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands August 16, 2011.

Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs.

“I’m honored that we’ve been recognized by Outside Magazine for our unique workplace environment,” stated Lucy Postins, founder and CEO. “We embrace a holistic approach when it comes to our pet food offerings and animal health, so it’s natural that the same philosophy should apply for our team.  I make a point to spend time with my children, and hike with my dogs every morning, rather than getting into the office first thing. I arrive much calmer, more focused and balanced. We really promote that each employee choose a schedule that fits their active lifestyle best.” Postins continued.  

“These 50 companies are successful precisely because they support a proper work-life balance,” says Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. “Happy workers that feel part of an active community are guaranteed to be more engaged and productive. And the companies on our list are offering amazing benefits: organic cafeterias, on-site fitness classes, reimbursements for gym memberships and ski passes, opportunities for on-the-clock community service, and much more.”

The Honest Kitchen has been committed to creating a balanced work-life environment since it was founded in 2002. All employees in the company’s corporate office in San Diego have access to group yoga, pilates and cardio classes at a neighboring fitness center, East Village Body Shop, and the office is equipped with a shower and communal kitchen facilities in the company’s renovated loft office in a historic San Diego building.

The Honest Kitchen’s San Diego office is dog-friendly and pet-perks include: compensation for annual pet checkups, an allowance of free pet food, as well as free treats for in-office pets and encouragement to take daily group walking breaks around downtown San Diego.   

The Honest Kitchen is an approved member of Green America (formerly Co-op America) and is one of only three pet food companies who received the ‘four-leaf’ rating from Greenopia. They are committed to minimizing their environmental pawprint, and running a company based on passion and principles through ingredient selection, packaging materials, supporting local resellers rather than big-box chains and refusing to allow their products to be sold in ‘puppy-mill’ stores. The company also donates to a variety of local charities through its Pawlanthropy program, and employees frequently hand-select the charities to be supported.

The company offers flexible working schedules for all employees, to enable them to fulfill family, pet and other personal commitments, and has also been known to close the office early and make company-wide trips with their eight office dogs to local pet-friendly beaches like Fiesta Island and OB Dog Beach.

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CONTACTS:

The Honest Kitchen: Carmen Velasquez / Carmen@thehonestkitchen.com / 619.544.0018 x 314

Outside Magazine:  Jada Williams/ Jada@giantnoise.com / 646.649.4933

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About The Honest Kitchen

The Honest Kitchen produces a line of dehydrated human-grade whole foods for dogs and cats, which are made with love in a human food facility (not in a pet food plant) for the highest possible quality standards. Dehydration is a gentle technique that removes only the moisture and retains most natural nutrients found in raw, whole foods.  The private, family-owned company is based in San Diego CA. The Honest Kitchen is sold in more than two thousand pet specialty stores nationwide, as well as in some holistic vet offices and select Whole Foods stores. The Honest Kitchen’s products are developed with uncompromising attention to detail, by a company of pet lovers with a passion for food.

For more information, please visit:  www.thehonestkitchen.com.

About Outside Magazine

Outside is America’s leading active lifestyle magazine, with over two million readers a month. For more than 30 years, the magazine has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online at www.outsideonline.com.

About The Best Companies Group

Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.

About The Outdoor Industry Association

Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits. Search for outdoor-industry jobs is at OIA’s career center: www.outdoorindustry.org.

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