It is our mission at Pel-Freez to manufacture and market quality biological products that meet or exceed the requirements and expectations of our customers as well as continually strive to improve the effectiveness of our quality system.
The story of Pel-Freez begins in 1911, when a California resident named Herman Pelphrey gave a pregnant pet rabbit named Betsy Ann to his son. Betsy Ann’s litter grew and bred, and soon the Pelphrey home was overrun with rabbits. A natural entrepreneur, Mr. Pelphrey began supplying his neighbors with fresh rabbit meat.
Herman’s rabbit business continued to grow, and he formed the “H.F. Pelphrey Company” in 1918. By 1947, frozen foods had become a new trend in the United States, and the company name was changed to “Pel-Freez” to ride this new wave. Robert Dubbell married into the Pelphrey family around this time, worked his way up in the company, and eventually moved Pel-Freez to Rogers, Arkansas where it is located today. As biomedical research began to take off throughout the 1950s, researchers began contacting Pel-Freez with requests for rabbit tissues and blood, and the Biological Division was subsequently established to meet the growing needs of the biomedical research community.
Pel-Freez is currently the largest rabbit meat processor in the United States and is also well known for producing high quality raw and intermediate materials. These biologicals from a broad range of animal species are used globally in the development of in-vitro diagnostic kits, drug discovery, vaccine evaluation, HLA typing, and more in the biotechnology research and diagnostic markets. Pel-Freez Biologicals continues to produce high quality products, while providing excellent customer service.
Robert Dubbell’s son David acquired the company with his brother Paul in the 1970s and was instrumental in the continued expansion of both the Foods and Biological divisions.
On March 31, 2020, Pel-Freez was acquired by a private investment partnership led by Dr. Brian Bonk who relocated to Arkansas from Boston to replace David Dubbell as Pel-Freez President and CEO.