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Spoiling Our Pets With Gourmet Meal Selections

Dogs are in for a real treat as many dog food manufacturers have gone gourmet with pet cuisine. Several of the small and large dog food producers are giving your pet a taste of the good life.

Freshpet Inc., one of the smaller dog food providers, has gone gourmet. Michael Hieger, manufacturing Chief, is so confident of his Freshpet gourmet blend that he held a surprise tasting as visitors witnessed Hieger popping a sample of their dog food in his mouth and with a smile he replies “Tastes just like Thanksgiving.” That’s a bonafide test sampling. Beneful is a fast growing pet food provider with a market share in the area of $23.7 billion, and further proof that pets are going for the gourmet meals.

Nestle’s Purinastore  Beneful has been helping dog owners maintain the weight of their dog through their website orders. The weight loss or weight maintenance program is a dog food specially blended via personalization. Pet owners complete a questionnaire on their website providing details about their pet and health conditions. They also provide food preferences their pet enjoys and nutritional needs. The food is blended according to specifications from the owner and shipped directly to the pet’s home.

Approximately 7-months ago, Purina Beneful purchased Merrick Pet Care. Merrick was the first certified organic pet food producer of dog food. The dog food line Merrick created the Backcountry label, which includes Game Bird and Pacific Catch.

Mars Petcare, another leader in pet food sales now touting their pet food is “farm-to-table” ready with their Nutro Farm’s Harvest line with added antioxidants like blueberries and cranberries included in their pet’s meals. Nutro Farm’s Harvest is claiming the berries are picked at the perfect time and freeze-dried to lock in the freshness of the berries, with no artificial flavors or colors.

Mars’ also has a line of pet food that dogs crave. Cesar Home Delights only makes two menu items at this time, and they are lasagne and beef stroganoff for dogs. No pet owners, this isn’t a meal to be shared by pet and pet owner.

The new slogan for pets is “eat-like-your-owner” is apparently taking off. Sales of these gourmet products are gaining its share of the market over the past few years. Dog food manufacturers are adding fresh vegetables, fruits, and grains to kibble and canned foods. Lamb and chicken are popular meat blends blended with the fruits and vegetables.


What to Look for in Dog Food

Pet food is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States with companies selling about $23.9 billion dollars in food annually. More than ever, customers are buying premium dog food. In fact, sales of high-quality dog food have surged to $10.5 billion dollars and now accounts for 45 percent of the market.

Much of the marketing of these high quality dog food is hype with many manufacturers using the same words that consumers are looking for in their own food choices. Consumers can find gluten-free dog food, food where the first ingredient is vegetables and even dog food that must be refrigerated to make sure it keeps properly. Consumers that are wondering what the best dog food is to feed their favorite pooch need to remember that dogs are carnivorous. They still need a diet that mimics prey caught in the wild.

All dog foods must put the ingredients on the label so consumers can compare what is in choices that they are considering. For example, Beneful dog food contains yellow corn, carrots, peas and spinach. The prey that they would have caught in the wild are likely to have these same ingredients in their stomachs. Additionally, dogs need a high-quality protein. That’s why Beneful dog food contains chicken, and meat meal. Dogs also need no potatoes in their food because the starch offsets the healthy ingredients in the dog food. Therefore, owners will never find potatoes in Beneful.

While many manufacturers will suggest that you try their innovative product, changing dog foods often is never a good idea. Therefore, you should stick with one food. If you choose to trade to Beneful, and we hope you do, then make sure to change gradually over the course of two weeks.