At the annual meeting of the Pet Food Institute last October, the elected officers were:
Chairman of the Board – Bob Kelly from Bil-Jac Foods, Inc.
Vice-chairman – Dan Rajczak from P&G Pet Care
Treasurer – Rick Shields from Menu Foods, Ltd.
Secretary – Neil Thompson from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
The Pet Food Institute is the trade organization for pet food manufacturers. While I’m sure the men identified above are all perfectly respectable, I find it discouraging to see the trade organization dominated by the power-brokers, without any representation from companies that focus on what I would consider good food. In other words, there’s no representation on the board from manufacturers of products that don’t include corn, by-products, food coloring or chemical preservatives.
In the last several years, the big players in pet food manufacturing have been getting bigger through acquisition. And as pet food industry has expanded, a number of companies that specialize in products for people have bought a piece of the action.
Here are a few of the big companies and the foods they produce:
Nestlé’s bought Purina to form Nestlé Purina Petcare Company
Fancy Feast, Alpo, Friskies, Mighty Dog, Dog Chow, Cat Chow, Puppy Chow, Kitten Chow, Beneful, One, ProPlan, DeliCat, HiPro, Kit’n’Kaboodle, Tender Vittles, Purina Veterinary Diets
Del Monte bought Heinz
MeowMix, Gravy Train, Kibbles ’n Bits, Wagwells, 9Lives, Cycle, Skippy, Nature’s Recipe, and pet treats Milk Bone, Pup-Peroni, Snausages, Pounce
MasterFoods owns Mars, Inc., which bought Royal Canin
Pedigree, Waltham’s, Cesar, Sheba, Temptations, Goodlife Recipe, Sensible Choice, Excel
Procter and Gamble (P&G) bought The Iams Company (Iams, Eukanuba) in 1999. P&G shortly thereafter introduced Iams into grocery stores.
Colgate-Palmolive bought Hill’s Science Diet in1976
Hill’s Science Diet, Prescription Diets, Nature’s Best
It’s always good to know who you’re dealing with; especially when you see those cute commercials on TV or that really attractive packaging in the grocery store.