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Beneful brand dog food is just one of many dog food companies that are jumping on the eat-like-your-owner train and producing fresh gourmet meals for pets. The Freshpet Inc. factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is the only factory in the U.S. to produce refrigerated pet foods on the industrial scale on the market and is among a rapidly-growing group of innovative products responsible for a $10.5 billion surge in gourmet pet foods since 2009; more than half the market is now comprised of premium dog food sales. Small companies such as Blue Buffalo once cornered the market for fresh dog foods that contain fruits and vegetables but now big brands are climbing on board. Merrick Pet Care is the most recent acquisition by Purina, a brand that was the first certified organic wet and dry dog food. Beneful brand dog food is another large brand that has an innovative and delicious line of foods for dogs on Amazon that contain quality ingredients that are easily identified. Beneful Wet Dog Food comes in Chopped Blends and a variety of Medleys that are made from visible chunks of meat, whole vegetables, and whole grains such as brown rice. Their dry kibble is manufactured from the same quality ingredients and are produced in a way that preserves the flavor as well as vitamin and mineral content and is a high quality food. As the eat-like-your-owner trend continues, large brands will continue to try and match the quality of smaller companies food which will mean a higher quality food for pets everywhere. Premium and gourmet dog food sales have climbed 45 percent since 2009 and are expected to keep rising according to Freshpet Inc. CEO Richard Thompson. “If your family is into health and wellness, and you treat your pet like family: bingo.” says Thompson of the recent report that said using fresh meats such as chicken and beef is too expensive to remain profitable. People are willing to pay more for the peace of mind of feeding quality food. More on this can be read at the Daily Herald.

In 2013, award-winning pet care brand Purina was excited to announce the latest news concerning nutritious components in dog food. According to Nature, which is an international science-based weekly journal, studies prove that canines have evolved to consume starches. Moreover, many scientists believe that the carbohydrate rich diet sustained by the early ancestors of modern dogs contributed to their evolution from the wolf. The belief that canines should eat starches like corn has always been the intention at Purina and, as a result, the company is proud that this recent evidence supports their wellness mission and philosophy.

Throughout the years, research has shown that grains positively influence overall dog health. Therefore, Purina’s ingredient specialists strive to blend corn in virtually every dry/wet canine food product. These essential grains are known to provide antioxidants, protein, fiber, and linoleic acid that ultimately promote a good immune system, sustained energy, smooth digestion, and glossy coats, respectively.
Many studies suggest that grains are at their best when blended with complementary ingredients. Consequently, in 2001, Purina introduced Beneful, which is a wholesome brand marketed on the basics of nutrition. Along with carbohydrates like corn, many of the products in this revolutionized subsidiary line consist of high quality protein (red chicken, beef, salmon, and eggs), accents of fruits/vegetables (carrots, parsley, and apples), whole grains (rice), and omega fatty acids. When worked together, these ingredients promote strong/lean muscle mass, supple skin, fresh breath, and general great health. Moreover, these components are included in many Beneful products like Chopped Blends, Healthy Weight, Simmered Beef Entrée, Originals, Playful Life, Incredibites, and Baked Delights Heartfuls available on samsclub. The success of these nutritious meals has generated $1.5 billion in annual revenue.

Along with meats, vegetables, and grains, dogs also thrived on animal by-products, which are the residual ingredients from human food production like lungs, spleen, liver, meat trimmings, and kidneys of non-rendered animals. These remaining components are an excellent source of protein and other nutrients and, as a result, they play an integral role in a complete and balance diet. In order to monitor the quality of animal by-products, Purina ensures that the ingredients surpass the expectations established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), United States Department of Agriculture and the Federal Drug Administration as well as the state/federal laws that regulate the distribution and labeling of animal and human foods. Most prominently, their quality, sanitation, and manufacturing practices are among the best in the pet care industry as every product is regulated by strict processing measures.

As the article suggests in the Nature, genetic research can guide ingredient specialists in understanding dogs’ overall health. Remarkably, in 1999, Purina developed an unprecedented Canine Reference Family DNA Distribution Center, which provides assistance to expert researchers such as the scientists who completed the study connecting starches to predated evolution. This major breakthrough in which the dog is distinct from the wolf helps pet owners and Purina employees alike understand a canine’s ability to digest carbohydrate fractions.