Dog Food Manufacturers

While there are dozens and dozens of dog food manufacturers in the United States most of them are very small and do not constitute a large amount of the total annual production.

Here is a list of the top 5 dog food makers in North America.

1. Nestle Purina

By far the largest of the dog food manufacturers, Nestle purchased Purina in 2001. In order for the government to approve this purchase, Nestle had to sell off Meow Mix and Alley Cat brands. They are headquartered in St. Louis Missouri.

2. Masterfoods USA (Mars)

This company makes Pedigree, Whiskas, Cesar, Sheba, and Waltham brands. The number one selling dog food brand in the world is Pedigree. Whiskas is the number one selling brand of cat food. Their headquarters are in Vernon, CA.

In 2002 Mars purchased Royal Canin Dog Food, and then in 2004 purchased IVD, Medi-Cal and Techni-Cal brands from Del Monte Foods.

3. Iams (Proctor and Gamble)

Founded in the 1940's by Paul Iams, the company was purchased by Proctor and Gamble in 1999. Eukanuba is also sold under Iams.

4. Hills Pet Nutrition

Originally founded by Dr. Mark Morris, Colgate-Palmolive bought the company in 1976. Hills dog food can be bought in over 86 countries, and its product line includes more than 50 prescription diets and 50 Science Diet brands.

5. Del Monte Pet Foods

Del Monte has bought or developed many dog food brands over the years. Including: Kibble'n Bits

Milk Bone
Meaty Bone
Gravy Train
Canine Carry Outs
Jerky Treats
Meow Mix
Nature's Recipe

As you can see these five companies probably contributed 95-99% of all a dog food manufactured in the United States.

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