SMYRNA, GA, August 18, 2022 – Inc. revealed that Farm Hounds LLC is No. 273 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list represents a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. Facebook, Chobani, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
“Farm Hounds is thrilled and humbled to be recognized among America’s fastest-growing privately held businesses,” says Jean Finney, CEO, and Owner. “Our growth is due to our loyal customers who recognize and appreciate the quality and transparency of the products we sell, which are sourced directly from family farms. Our farm partners represent the best in farming, including applying regenerative agriculture concepts to help the planet, practicing animal welfare to honor the animals they raise, and supporting their communities with organic, locally-grown food.”
Farm Hounds sources protein products across the US and dehydrates the products into single-protein, single-farm treats and chews for dogs. What sets Farm Hounds apart from competitors is their commitment to working directly with family farms and being transparent about sourcing with their customers. The family farms, which they refer to as their farm partners, are selected based on the quality of their farming practices. With transparency and quality being paramount, the connection to the farm partner is maintained throughout the processing and dehydration process and is communicated to their customer with each product.
Farm Hounds supports their farm partners by purchasing parts of animals that are nutritious but do not have a human market component. Feet, heads, and necks are just a few of the products that are nutritionally beneficial to dogs. Farm Hounds sources these products and more, supporting no-waste practices and providing another revenue stream for family farmers.
Farm Hounds has grown quickly in its short 5-year history. Their Farm Hounds branded products are sold directly to customers on their website and are sold in over 600 independent pet retail stores across the US. The company is also moving into the private labeling and co-packing services business.
“We are excited about continuing to grow our brand in the direct-to-consumer area while also recognizing that we have just scratched the surface in the independent pet retail store space,” states Finney. “Our focus on working with small and larger family farms who practice regenerative agriculture has us uniquely positioned to expand our footprint beyond our brand and significantly grow our business while positively impacting the planet.”
The companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 have not only been successful, but have also demonstrated resilience amid supply chain woes, labor shortages, and the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Among the top 500, the average median three-year revenue growth rate soared to 2,144 percent. Together, those companies added more than 68,394 jobs over the past three years.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, which will be available on August 23.
“The accomplishment of building one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., in light of recent economic roadblocks, cannot be overstated,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that have established themselves through innovation, hard work, and rising to the challenges of today.”
Companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2018 to 2021. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2018. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2021. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2018 is $100,000; the minimum for 2021 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to four decimal places. The top 500 companies on the Inc. 5000 are featured in Inc. magazine’s September issue. View the entire Inc. 5000 here.
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