Del Monte Foods Buys Natural Balance Pet Foods


May 22, 2013 – Del Monte Foods has announced it has purchased Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods in a recent merger agreement.

Del Monte is one of the nation’s largest producers of pet food and pet treat products. The giant corporation generated net sales of about $3.7 billion last year.

Del Monte Foods’ portfolio of pet food and snack brands includes:
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  • 9Lives
  • Meow Mix
  • Milk-Bone
  • Pup-Peroni
  • Gravy Train
  • Milo’s Kitchen
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits
  • Nature’s Recipe
  • Canine Carry Outs
  • And many others

Natural Balance Pet Foods was founded in 1989 by Dick Van Patten and Joey Herrick. The company now offers more than 225 different dog and cat products.

Natural Balance products include:
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  • Natural Balance Organic
  • Natural Balance Eatables
  • Delectable Delights Stews
  • Natural Balance Alpha Dog
  • Natural Balance L.I.D. Diets
  • Natural Balance Ultra Pet Foods
  • And many others

The purchase price and financial terms have not yet been disclosed. The merger includes all Natural Balance brands, products and other trademarks.

The companies expect the deal to close in mid-June.

  • Suzi Kemp

    Please please, do not change the formula of this wonderful life saving food. My dog was sick most her life off and on, vomiting, the runs, and they never could find out what was wrong with her, now since this food, the L.I.D. formula, lamb and rice, with no filler, has literally made her into a happy healthy dog again.

  • Helen Laman

    Of course, you are absolutely right!!!
    You have given me new direction. Thank you, Helen

  • dchassett

    Oh my goodness those are some huge dental bills. I’ve only ever had one dog need to have a professional dental cleaning and that was my very first dog. After that huge bill I started brushing his teeth and have done so will all my dogs since then on a daily basis. None has plaque (tarter), yellowish teeth, or bad breath from any dental problems. My oldest now is a 14 year old Maltese and she has all her teeth and they are all white as snow (when it first falls and is so darn beautiful) and toy dogs are notorious for losing teeth or having to have them pulled. I don’t give my toy dogs (my dogs have always been toys) bones of any sort because their teeth are so tiny and susceptible to cracking and fracturing so I brush. Every single day, most often twice a day. We need to brush our teeth to keep our teeth and gums healthy, why would it be any different for our dogs. Hope any of this helped in any way. I started brushing their teeth when I first got them and, yes, of course, they didn’t much like it but I don’t give my dogs a choice in any matter that has to do with their health. It’s my way, I’m the mom, their the children. It is what it is. I certainly wouldn’t have given my human son a choice, I don’t give my dogs a choice. Basicailly my answer to my son was and to my dogs is “Because I said so”! My house, my rules. Your health, my rules. It is what it is.

  • Helen Laman

    Hee Hee

  • Crazy4dogs

    If I had your dental bill I would be doing cartwheels (If I could actually do them LOL).

  • Helen Laman

    Louie loves the chicken flavored toothpaste but that is as far as it goes. I am worried about tooth fracture with bones. I gave Louie a veal chop bone, and couldn’t believe what his poop looked like the next day. It was a stool made of bone. Yes, actually hard bone, so no more of that. Talk about fiber!
    The buck stops with me and in truth, after a couple of times, I gave up trying to brush and not proud of that. You have given me new incentive.
    He has had two prophies in his 8 years. One at the University of Penn. Veterniary Hosp, and the other in our vet’s office. $650. and $600. respectively.
    My late husband was a dentist, and I assisted chairside, so I have no excuse for not buckling down and brushing Louie’s teeth. I bought an enzime for his water and have not used it yet, because my vet says it does nothing. The jury is out on this one. Tons of opinons out there and people swear by one thing or another.
    Just don’t want to fail my sweet boy.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Helen Laman, my vet is actually a dental specialist. One of only 6 in my state. Even before he was, he said that dry food being better for their teeth is a myth.
    I used to do bones, but my oldest girl cracked her canine & we did a root canal. (LOL, yes it was $$$$$$$). She also has a molar that’s cracked but still stable so she can’t have bones or anything super hard. We use a lot of rubber chews and we do brush. There are also some tooth products containing enzymes that you simply rub in their mouth or add to the water they drink. Also have you tried the chicken flavored toothpastes? My rescue that we adopted was about 5 and probably never had a brush in his mouth. But he likes the toothpaste, so slowly but surely he is letting us brush.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Helen this food is a bit gimmicky. It is really low calorie count (250 kcal/cup), super low in fat (fat satiates a dogs appetite) and 10.5% fiber. That’s more than double the fiber of most foods out there. The really low calorie count means that you are purchasing a TON of this food @ $$$. The incredible amount of fiber is what’s causing all of those huge stools.
    I actually wouldn’t use Royal Canin either. It’s a very expensive per pound very mediocre food. If you find a grain free with a medium protein (26-30) and lower fat (13-16%) that might be a better way to go. I use higher protein levels, but the foods you have been on are really low in real protein, so higher protein might be a bit too much of an adjustment to start with.
    My rehab vet said weight loss foods don’t work. Add green beans (frozen not canned). I did & still do. I also add a spoon of canned pumpkin with every dinner. Less stool, nice muscle. You also need to measure the food properly. I use a measuring cup that shows 1/8″ increments. Many people just get a cup & figure it’s right. Most dog foods tell you to feed more than they really need because dog’s don’t exercise like they used to. There’s a dog food calculator on this site. You need to put the dog’s ideal weight in, not the current weight. Hope this helps.

  • losul

    Helen, I struggled to get my dog used to brushing, and I also didn’t like the ingredients in any of the toothpaste or gel products I found, after all they don’t rinse and spit like us.

    Got mine used to brushing with coconut oil first, he enjoys the taste, and now I alternate that with montmorillionite clay. I tried mixing the two together for my own toothpaste concoction, they mixed fine, but then when combined with saliva (or water), it justs clumps up. So now I just alternate the two. It works well for us!