Freshpet, Inc. Names Dr. Gerardo Perez-Camargo as Vice President of Research and Development

Pet Nutrition and Welfare Industry Veteran to Lead New Product Innovation

SECAUCUS, N.J., May 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Freshpet, Inc. (“Freshpet” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:FRPT) today announced that pet nutrition and welfare industry veteran Dr. Gerardo Perez-Camargo has joined the Company as Vice President of Research and Development, effective May 14, 2018.  In this role, Dr. Perez-Camargo will be responsible for leading Freshpet’s new product innovation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to have Gerardo join the Freshpet team with his incredible depth of experience in pet health and wellness,” said Scott Morris, Freshpet’s Co-Founder and President. “We believe Gerardo’s future contributions will help us to fulfill our mission of providing more pets with fresh, all-natural foods that enrich their lives and the relationships with their pet parents, and we remain committed to doing so in ways that are good for our pets, for people, and for our planet.” 

Dr. Perez-Camargo joins Freshpet with nearly 25 years of pet nutrition, welfare and research and development experience including various leadership roles at Nestle Purina and Mars, Incorporated. Prior to joining Freshpet, he led the Global Pet Welfare and Behavior team for Nestle Purina in France and the United States to deliver innovation in the areas of pet nutrition. He also managed the Global Pet Welfare team to design and implement common pet welfare standards, product performance evaluation and data validation across 15 countries. During his tenure at Mars, Incorporated Dr. Perez-Camargo was a veterinary diet product developer pet nutritionist at the Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition. Prior to Mars, he served in the Spanish Army where he was a Lieutenant in the Veterinary Corps working with Equine Breeding for Spanish Army Horses and with their Police Canine Units. He has degree in Veterinary Medicine from Spain and a Ph.D. in Applied Biochemistry and Food Science from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

About Freshpet

Freshpet’s mission is to improve the lives of dogs and cats through the power of fresh, real food. Freshpet foods are blends of fresh meats, vegetables and fruits farmed locally and made at our Kitchens in Bethlehem PA.  We thoughtfully prepare our foods using natural ingredients, cooking them in small batches at lower temperatures to preserve the natural goodness of the ingredients. Freshpet foods and treats are kept refrigerated from the moment they are made until they arrive at Freshpet Fridges in your local market.

Our foods are available in select mass, grocery (including online), natural food, club, and pet specialty retailers across the United States, Canada and in the United Kingdom. From the care, we take to source our ingredients and make our food, to the moment it reaches your home, our integrity, transparency and social responsibility are the way we like to run our business. To learn more, visit

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