September Customer of the Month: Valley Market

The grocery industry has been a way of life for Valley Market owners Tom Ferguson and Terry Handcock. Both men had worked for grocery stores for most of their lives before opening Valley Market in Eden, Utah.


Tom grew up around Ogden, Utah. He worked in the grocery store industry in various positions. In 2005, he partnered with his father-in-law, Terry Handcock. Both men wanted to provide their community with a source for fresh produce and groceries. Valley Market also embraced online ordering early on. Customers can order their groceries either online or over the phone. “A lot of other businesses were starting to do it, so we decided it just made good business sense,” says Tom.


They were introduced to Hi-Standard Dog Food a few years into their business. A customer pitched the idea of stocking it in their store, and they have kept it on the shelves ever since. “The sales speak for themselves,” said Tom about Hi-Standard Dog Food.


Outside of work, Tom describes himself as an outdoorsman. He enjoys camping and hiking and is a proud owner of a Goldendoodle and a Golden Retriever.


So if you live near Eden, Utah, make sure to check out Valley Market online or in person. You can check out their website or visit the store at 2555 N Wolf Creek Dr Eden, UT 84310. You can also give them a call at 855-234-7885.

If you are looking for quality dog food made with 100% American ingredients, check out Hi-Standard Dog Food. Visit our website or call 866-357-3335 for more information on our food and to find a dealer near you!

Valley Market Customer of the Month

August Customer of the Month: Mohican Hardware and Outdoors

Samuel Raber has always loved two things, the outdoors, and hardware. He recalls first wanting to run a hardware store at fifteen. He fulfilled that life goal in 2019 when he started our August Customer of the Month, Mohican Hardware and Outdoors

Before he started his store, Samuel worked in construction for eighteen years. He bought the building from a man named Lester and finally fulfilled his dream. Lester, as well as Samuel and his family, were avid outdoor enthusiasts. Samuel hunted in his youth and still has a love of the great outdoors. Living right next to Mohican State Park-the namesake of the store- in Ohio, he still enjoys birdwatching with his daughter or nature hikes.

Samuel runs the store with his eldest son David. David handles the hunting and outdoor aspects of the business, like archery repair and other hunting equipment. Samuel runs the hardware department aspect of things, stocking a wide variety of power tools and materials.

His business partner Lester hunted with dogs and was a fan of Hi-Standard Dog Food. So when Samuel opened the store, he of course had to stock it. The food was a hit with his customers. “More than once, customers have said their dogs won’t eat anything else,” says Samuel. He loves the quality and consistency of food, knowing it will always be the same great formula.

So if you live near Danville, OH, and are in need of hardware, hunting supplies, or some Hi-Standard Dog Food, check out Mohican Hardware and Outdoors. Located at 21100 Pealer Mill Road, head down or call them at 740-599-5080.

If you are looking for quality dog food made with 100% American ingredients, check out Hi-Standard Dog Food. Visit our website or call 866-357-3335 for more information on our food and to find a dealer near you!

Customer of the month Mohican Hardware and Outdoors

July Customer of the Month: Chippewa Farm Supply

Myron Martin has been a lifelong farmer, hailing from Decker, Michigan, and considers farm life both an excellent way to live and raise a family.

His passion for farming led him to acquire Chippewa Farm Supply in 2016, where he sold livestock feed, farming supplies, and dog food. Although farm dogs were considered pets during Myron’s upbringing, his farming customers expressed a need for quality working dog food. That’s when he discovered Hi-Standard Dog Food through his distributor, Kalmbach Feeds.

While his customers loved Hi-Standard for their farm dogs, Myron faced challenges in procuring it from Kalmbach. He turned to selling other working dog foods but found them unable to satisfy his customers. Eventually, Myron secured a new distributor for Hi-Standard through Elite Nutrition. “Once you get someone to try it [Hi-Standard], you’ll definitely have a repeat customer,” affirms Myron.

Running Chippewa Farm Supply alongside three of his seven children and a team of seven employees, Myron also manages his own 180-acre land where he cultivates corn, beans, and wheat. Additionally, he has a pet dog named Kolisa, a one-and-a-half-year-old Rat Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier mix.

For farm supplies or animal feed near Spruce, MI, look no further than Chippewa Farm Supply located at 6701 US 23. Feel free to visit their store or contact them at 989-471-5523 for all your farming and dog food needs.

If you’re seeking exceptional dog food made with 100% American ingredients, explore Hi-Standard Dog Food. Visit our website or call 866-357-3335 to learn more about our food and find a dealer near you!

Chippewa Farm Supply with Hi Standard Dog Food

June Customer of the Month: Sportsman’s Warehouse

If you are an outdoorsman in the Western United States, there’s no doubt you have
heard of our Customer of the Month, Sportsman’s Warehouse. For years, they have
been providing equipment and advice for all kinds of outdoor recreational activities like
hunting, camping, and shooting.
Sportsman’s Warehouse was founded in 1986 by Bill Hayes as a single retail store in
Midvale, Utah. Since then, the business has grown exponentially with as many as 126
stores as of this year. Sportsman’s prides itself on being able to service customers of all
outdoors experience levels. They manage this by staffing outdoor enthusiasts who are
knowledgeable on the products and how best to use them. So whether you are going
camping for the first time ever or have been hunting since you could walk, Sportsman’s
has you covered.
The company is also committed to being good stewards of the outdoors and wildlife
habitats. They often donate to local causes in areas where their stores are located.
Additionally, they partner with wildlife and conservation groups like the Mule Deer
Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and
Ducks Unlimited.
Sportsman’s Warehouse began selling Hi-Standard Dog Food in 2002, when Hi-
Standard’s owner Wade Graskewicz walked into their headquarters to speak with them
about carrying our food. Since then, they have continued to carry Hi-standard at a select
number of stores throughout the American West. You can find Hi-Standard Dog Food at
Sportsman’s locations in Washington, California, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Nevada,
Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado,and even Alaska!
So if you are looking to stock up on some outdoor equipment, make sure to check out
Sportsman’s Warehouse. Take a peek at their products and find the closest location to
you on their website here. If you are looking for a great dog food made with 100%
American ingredients, check out Hi–Standard Dog Food. Visit our website for more
information on our food and to find a dealer near you!

Sportsman's Warehouse

May Customer of the Month: Kay Berenson of Fun Family Toys

Our May Customer of the Month is no stranger to giving back to her community. Kay Berenson of Fun Family Toys has been breeding and selling dogs for almost twenty years. She runs her small breeding service with her son and daughter-in-law out of South Jordan, Utah. The small business specializes in toy breeds like poodles, Yorkiepoos, and Shih Poos.

Kay got into dog breeding as a hobby with her friend over twenty years ago. Her friend eventually had to sell Kay her share of the dogs, and Kay began operating as an independent breeder. She grew the hobby into a small business that she ran with her family and is now selling around fifty puppies a year. Her son Tyler and his wife Sarah help with the research and genetic testing side of the business. All of the puppies she breeds are also raised in her home to get them socialized. 

Kay doesn’t only sell the dogs she breeds. When the dogs she uses to breed get too old, she donates them. These dogs end up being used as therapy dogs or support animals for people with special needs.

Kay was introduced to Hi–Standard Dog Food when she was first getting into toy dog breeding. Once she got her dogs switched over, she never looked back. “I’ve noticed bigger litter and a healthy weight on the dogs. But best of all, I just don’t have any problems that come up when using it,” says Kay. Fun Family Toys recommends the food to all of their buyers and sends each puppy home with a sample bag of our Premium Performance Puppy Food.

So if you live near South Jordan, Utah, and are in the market for a toy dog breed, look no further than Fun Family Toys. If you are looking for great dog food made with 100% American ingredients, check out Hi–Standard Dog Food. Visit our website for more information on our food and to find a dealer near you!

Fun Family Toys

April Customer of the Month: Tim and Janice Peters of Red Apple Marketplace

Great customer service is nothing new to our Customer of the Month, Tim and Janice Peters. They are the owners of the Red Apple Marketplace in Ontario, OR. They are committed to being a premier grocer by keeping customers and employees at the heart of every decision.

Tim has been involved in the grocery industry for thirty-six years. He began in 1986 as a courtesy clerk for the grocery chain Albertsons before working on the operations side of the store. He then transitioned to working for their corporate offices. 

Janice is a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner and Health Coach who focuses on the nutritional aspects for customers and the community. She currently is on the board of the Western Treasure Valley Food Systems Partnership, whose mission is to eliminate hunger. Both her and Tim enjoy traveling, golf, tennis, and spending time with their family outside of work.

The Red Apple Marketplace actually opened 35 years ago. The Peters are the fourth owners of the establishment, having bought it last May. The previous owners were introduced to Hi-Standard at a pet food show in Salt Lake City about a decade ago. They have kept it on their shelves ever since.

Red Apple Marketplace is proud to have a community and environment-first attitude when it comes to being a grocery store. They are happy to be able to source their products from farmers, ranchers, and other local producers. Red Apple also partners with local food banks to help give back to the community and combat hunger. 

So if you live near Ontario, OR and are looking for quality produce or Hi-Standard Dog Food, check out Red Apple Marketplace or visit their website. Make sure your dog’s diet meets the Golden Standard with Hi-Standard Dog Food. Visit our website to learn more about our products and find a dealer near you, or give us a call at 866-357-3335!

Red Apple Marketplace

March Customer of the Month: LeeAnn Becker of
Becker Ranch

When starting Becker Ranch four years ago, LeeAnn Becker’s goal was to breed German Shepherds that were going to be not only healthy but also even-tempered. She does this with an extensive screening process to make sure the dogs she is breeding have healthy hips and joints and have a calm disposition.

She doesn’t stop there though. While raising the puppies, she rotates the two dogs at a time out of the kennel to live with her and her family in their house. The ranch also has a large open area for the dogs to run and play. LeeAnn is an AKC-approved breeder with H.E.A.R.T., meaning she does all recommended health testing. She is also an AKC-approved trainer and evaluator for titling. The ranch also chips each puppy to make sure they are always trackable. LeeAnn runs the ranch with her husband Chris and their six kids.

When selecting prospective dog foods for the ranch, LeeAnn made a stop at her local feed, Utica Feed, to ask for suggestions. They recommended she try Hi-Standard Premium Performance Puppy Food 32/18. LeeAnn immediately saw the results she was looking for. That is why she sends each of her puppies to their new families with a 40-pound bag of our dog food.

I love the vitamins they include. It helps protect against a lot of diseases in puppies that other dog foods do not,” says LeeAnn.

So if you are looking to get a German Shepard puppy and are near Utica, Ohio, check out Becker Ranch on their website. If you are just looking for good puppy food, check out Hi-Standard. With 100% American ingredients like added b-vitamins and DHA for brain development, this food will make sure your puppy gets a head start in life!

LeeAnn Becker Ranch

February Customer of the Month: Taycie Powell of The Golden Life

February’s Customer of the month is Taycie Powell and her breeding company The Golden Life (TGL), a premium golden retriever breeding business. Taycie’s idea for TGL came to her when she was thirteen years old, listening to How I Built This, an NPR podcast about entrepreneurs and business innovators. Taycie would listen while taking evening jogs and decided she too would dedicate her life to becoming an entrepreneur.

Taycie started TGL with the goal of changing the way people thought about breeders. By facilitating a personal relationship with the customer all the way from the birth of the puppy to handing them off to their new parents, TGL is right there with you to ensure a quality experience. This includes everything from matching pet parents with a puppy based on personality, sending photos and other updates, and even having FaceTime calls. Taycie also keeps in contact once you receive your puppy to answer any questions or just to stay in touch. TGL also has nationwide delivery, where a staff member will personally travel with the puppy to ensure their safe arrival.

TGL and Taycie both highly recommend Hi-Standard to all their customers.
So if you are in the market for a golden retriever puppy that is ethically bred, check out TGL on their website. Make sure to hold that new puppy’s diet to The Golden Standard with Hi-Standard Dog Food. Made with quality ingredients like glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health, Vitamin E and Zinc for immune support, and Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids for a shiny coat and healthy skin. To find a dealer near you, click here or call us at (866) 357-3335.

Tracie Powell the Golden Life

January Customer of the Month: Associated Food Stores

Our Hi-Standard Customer of the Month this December is Associated Food Stores, a chain of retail stores located across Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and Oregon. Founded in 1940 by Donald Lloyd, the original idea of Associated Foods was to unite small independent retail stores to compete with larger corporate stores. Originally, thirty-four stores joined together with Donald. Each store Donated $300 each to build a warehouse they could all use and benefit from.

Over its Eighty years in business, Associated Foods has bought and supplied other retailers. Some of the brands you might have heard of that work with or for Associated Foods are Macey’s, Fresh Market, Lin’s Market, Dan’s Market, Dick’s Fresh Market, and Lee’s Marketplace. Associated Foods currently serves around 450 retailers in the American West. Ridley’s Family Markets, which was supplied by Associated Foods, began carrying Hi-Standard in the 2000’s. Associated Foods then began offering the dog food to all of the stores that they supplied.

So if you live near one of the stores mentioned above and are looking to try out Hi-Standard Dog Food, visit our website to find the closest dealer near your location. Associated Foods supplies many stores in Utah and the Salt Lake City area, so we can help find the closest store to you! To read more about each of our dog food products, visit our products page or give us a call at (866) 357-3335!

Associated Food Stores

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