Quick- can you name the largest pet products company in the United States? How about the largest in all of North America?
If you said Big Heart Pet Brands, you’d be correct!
Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of these folks. You may not be familiar with their (new) name, but you’ve seen their products, and you’ll likely be hearing more of the brand formerly known as Del Monte Foods.
Del Monte’s Consumer Products division was sold earlier this month, making Big Heart Pet Products the largest producer, distributor and marketer of branded pet food and pet snacks in the US. This new company is staffed with industry veterans from Kraft Foods, Campbell’s Soup Company, PepsiCo, The Clorox Company, Gillette and Procter & Gamble.
The company owns familiar grocery store brands which include 9 Lives, Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Milo’s Kitchen and Pup-Peroni.
Del Monte (now Big Heart) completed a merger with the Natural Balance brand in 2013, and also owns the Nature’s Recipe brand.
“Every pet has a right to balanced nutrition, and so our promise is quality, accessible pet food and treats,” says Dave West, president and chief executive officer of Big Heart Pet Brands. “We know that healthy, happy pets can make lives fuller.”
We couldn’t agree more and will enjoy watching Big Heart deliver on its promise.