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How does your Dog Food Brand compare?

Are you concerned about the dry food your dog is eating? Looking for detailed information about certain food ingredients? Confused about inconsistent information about dogfood from pet food manufacturers? Need help comparing dog food brands and finding a better one?

Then you are exactly where I was when I first heard about the disgusting materials some pet food manufacturers put into their products. I picked up a bag of Science Diet and consciously looked at the ingredient list for the first time. Even without any previous knowledge I could see that it did not include any real meat and was preserved with the same chemicals I avoid in human food products. I never bought another bag of Science Diet and started researching and comparing products. One of the things I learned was that any commercial sources are best avoided if you want hard facts, not biased "infomercial" style sales pitches trying to sell you one product or another. Hopefully you will find this site helpful, make up your own mind about different food brands and their quality, choose a better food and who knows - maybe even save some money.

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Blue Buffalo Announces Agreement to Settle Class Action Lawsuits
December 11th, 2015 at 11:42:42 am

WILTON, Conn., Dec. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:BUFF) announced today that its subsidiary Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. has entered into a settlement agreement in the class action lawsuits brought on behalf of consumers and consolidated in the Multi-District Litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuits claim, among other things, that certain Blue Buffalo products were not consistent with the “True Blue Promise.” Blue Buffalo denies any wrongdoing, and has agreed to this settlement to eliminate the uncertainties, burden and expense of further litigation.

Under the terms of the agreement, Blue Buffalo will pay $32 million into a settlement fund to settle the claims of the plaintiff class. Any attorneys’ fees awarded by the court and all costs of notice and claims administration will be paid from the settlement fund. The amount that each class member who submits a claim for reimbursement will receive will depend on the total amount of Blue Buffalo products purchased by the claimant during the class period and certain other conditions.

“More than a year ago, we informed our Pet Parents about the misconduct of a former ingredient supplier and a broker. While we will continue to pursue our claims against them, we decided that it is in the best interest of our Pet Parents and our company to resolve the class actions now. All of us at Blue Buffalo continue to work tirelessly to make pet food with the finest natural ingredients for our furry family members,” said Bill Bishop, Chairman and Founder of Blue Buffalo.

The settlement agreement is subject to preliminary and final approval by the court. ... 114035.htm

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Swander Pace Capital to Sell Merrick Pet Care to Nestlé Purina
July 21st, 2015 at 12:26:03 pm

Hat tip to my friend Robin for the news link:

Swander Pace Capital to Sell Merrick Pet Care to Nestlé Purina

SAN FRANCISCO & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Swander Pace Capital, a leading private equity firm specializing in investments in consumer products companies, is selling Merrick Pet Care (“Merrick”), a natural and organic pet food leader, to Nestlé Purina PetCare. Terms were not disclosed. Other selling shareholders include founder Garth Merrick, Monitor Clipper Partners, and Highland Consumer Partners.

Since Swander Pace acquired the company in 2010, Merrick has grown into a flagship brand in the natural and organic pet food category, with three leading brands, Merrick, Castor & Pollux and Whole Earth Farms, which are sold through specialty pet, natural grocery, and mass channels. The sale marks Swander Pace Capital’s second major exit in the pet food category after the sale of Eagle Pack Pet Foods to WellPet LLC in 2007.

“Merrick has grown significantly in the past five years, and I’m pleased to see the company join the Nestlé Purina family,” said Corby Reese, Managing Director for Swander Pace Capital and Chairman at Merrick. “CEO, Greg Shearson, and the leadership team have worked tirelessly to make Merrick a true leader in the natural and organic pet food category, and this sale marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the company.”

“We take pride in working with family-owned entrepreneurial businesses, and our relationship with Garth Merrick has been tremendous,” said Andrew Richards, managing director at Swander Pace Capital. “For the past five years, Swander Pace has partnered with Garth to grow Merrick into the well-known, respected brand it is today, and we wish him and the rest of the Merrick team all the best on the road ahead.”

Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Swander Pace Capital, while Credit Suisse served as financial advisor. ... a6cBzg1zMh

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Lawsuit against Blue Buffalo - BB admits to using byproducts
May 08th, 2015 at 10:12:52 pm

"Blue Buffalo still has not informed consumers of the presence of poultry by-product meal in Blue Buffalo pet food, refuses to accept responsibility for the product it sold, and is instead blaming its suppliers" ... 79805.html

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Recall: Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food
February 11th, 2015 at 8:46:13 pm

Tuffy's Pet Foods, Inc. of Perham, MN is voluntarily recalling specific lots of 4 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Tuffy's manufactured the product for Nutrisca.

UPC Code "8 84244 12495 7" (found on lower back of the bag). Products included in the recall are identified by the below first 5 digits of the Lot Code (found on upper back of the bag) and "Best by Dates" (found on upper back of the bag). No other bag sizes or other Nutrisca dog food, cat food, biscuits/treats, supplements or other products, are affected by this announcement.

First five digits of Lot Codes:
4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P, 4H06P

Best By Dates:
Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16, Aug 05 16

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Natura Pet Products recalls Evo cat and ferret food
November 25th, 2014 at 11:24:19 am

Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals. These lots were distributed through independent retailers in CA, GA, MI, MN, NV, PA, TX, VT and Canada, as well as online.

EVO Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 15.4 LB UPC 5148 541400 Exp. Date 02/19/2016 Lot Code 4300A700D2

EVO Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB UPC 5148 541402 Exp. Date 02/20/2016 Lot Code 4301A700A4

EVO Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB UPC 5148 541402 Exp. Date 02/20/2016 Lot Code 4301A700B4

EVO Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB UPC 5148 541402 Exp. Date 02/20/2016 Lot Code 4301A700C4

EVO Grain Free Ferret Food 6.6 LB UPC 5148 542101 Exp. Date 02/19/2016 Lot Code 4300A700D3

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Making better choices pays off!
May 16th, 2014 at 3:37:08 pm

I'm always happy to help pet owners to make better choices, but of course retailers and other businesses as well! As a thank you the nice folks at SitStay are offering a 10% off deal when you enter the coupon code THEDOGFOODPROJECT at check out.

Please note that this isn't an endorsement for any specific products offered for sale, but have fun shopping and enjoy! :)

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