13-year-old Callum started breeding chicks from his parents' cockerel and hen in the garden. Still in education, he'd use his spare time on evenings and weekends to prepare the chickens to sell at a local market.
Soon after he realised the profitability, he saved the money up to buy an incubator for his eggs. An investment of a £55 incubator led to the hatch of hundreds of chickens.
18 months after setting out on the venture, 'Clydach Poultry' was becoming a local success story! Breeding over 3,000 chickens a year, Callum was ready for the next step...
Not content with the chickens alone, Callum converted one of the stables on the farm into a shop where he began to sell chicken food and supplies.
The next big thing...
With a buzzing 'shop' in the middle of a Welsh farm and a thriving poultry company, Callum yet again looked for the next thing.
Unhappy with the quality of the branded poultry feed he was selling, Callum studied livestock nutrition in depth for months. He developed his own ration, which led to his first product, Natural Layers Pellets from Clydach.
It was the winter of 2016, after a tough and cold year farming, Callum decided that the nutritional aspect of the business was the most scalable. He used his passion and expertise for nutrition to develop an exceptional range of foods for dogs.
With Callum's network of free-range, Welsh and British farmers, he was able to source high levels of fresh meat, fish and poultry for his recipes.
No slowing down...
The Clydach brand went from strength to strength, growing in both turnover and tonnage.
Callum started targeting independent pet stores, farm shops and grocery retailers - asking them to stock the Clydach range.
And the journey continues...
Clydach is thought to be the fastest growing brand of natural pet food in recent times, but Callum and his team still operate on the fundamentals that Callum lay on day one.
Clydach is available in over 300 stores in 12 countries worldwide. We've won over 13 awards and set the standard for ethics, culture and care in our sector.
Bonjour, Hola, Buna ziua!
We begun our export journey, initially supplying dog enthusiasts in France and Germany.
Clydach was quickly the word with many of our European neighbours, which saw us supplying garden centres, pet shops and supermarkets in Romania, Finland, Czechia, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus!
Our ever famous Nibbles range launches...
We innovated our range of 'low and slow' cooked treats, which are loved by thousands of dogs up and down the country.
100% fresh meat, 0% additives. Using traditional meats, including Welsh Chicken, Herefordshire Turkey, Suffolk Duck and Scottish Salmon, these treats became a daily staple for many dogs.
We double capacity at our South Wales site...
After another year of double-digit growth, we double capacity at our Factory, Warehouse and Customer Love team.
This expansion enabled us to feed more dogs, both at home and abroad.
The pandemic shifts us into 24/7 mode!
Dog ownership went through the roof through the pandemic, which meant we had more bowls to fill.
We switched our Merthyr Tydfil factory, and our Abercynon offices into 24/7 operations, to meet demand.
We launch our first range of wet dog foods...
On the back of our longstanding range of dry foods and treats, we were ready to start producing a moist food range.
Learning from our current range, we replicated the success of this into the product launching, including our British ingredients, responsible sourcing and completely Grain Free.