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Del Monte Foods Buys Natural Balance Pet Foods

Mike Sagman


Mike Sagman
Mike Sagman

Mike Sagman


Dr Mike Sagman is the creator of the Dog Food Advisor. He founded the website in 2008, after his unquestioning trust in commercial dog food led to the tragic death of his dog Penny.

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Updated: September 27, 2023

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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:
Natural Balance Pet Foods Logo

  • 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.

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