About 75% of the pet food sold in the US is made by one of the five global food mega-corps: Mars, Nestle Purina, JM Smucker, Colgate-Palmolive and General Mills. This includes many of the small "premium" pet food brands like Merrick, Organix, Royal Canin, Rachael Ray and Natural Balance. Here is a partial list of what they own:
The irony is not lost on us at COAST+RANGE that these manufacturers of sugary treats and carbohydrate-laden foods for humans also make carbohydrate-laden food for pets. Obviously, there are economies of scale to be found when many pet foods contain carbs and by-products from the human food supply chain.
You may be surprised to find out that your pet adoption website or smart collar manufacturer is owned by one of these mega-corps. You may even MORE surprised to find out that your veterinarian may be owned by the world's largest pet food company. Mars' ownership of veterinary chains in the US also raises some important ethical questions covered in this well-written blog post below: