Supreme Source Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Supreme Source Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Supreme Source Dog Food product line includes two grain-free, dry recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Supreme Source Turkey Meal and Sweet Potato [A]
  • Supreme Source Salmon Meal and Sweet Potato [A]

Supreme Source Salmon Meal and Sweet Potato was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Supreme Source Salmon Meal and Sweet Potato

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 12% | Carbs = 51%

Ingredients: Salmon meal, peas, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried plain beet pulp, natural flavor, salmon oil, dicalcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, dried chicory root, choline chloride, betaine, potassium chloride, taurine, carrots, blueberries, cranberries, spinach, parsley, pomegranates, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, vitamin A supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, manganese proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, copper proteinate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite, vitamin B12 supplement, cobalt carbonate, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%11%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%12%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%27%47%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 47%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The second ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The third ingredient lists chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fifth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

After the natural flavor, we find salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With two notable exceptions

First, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Supreme Source Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Supreme Source Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 29%, a fat level of 12% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Supreme Source is a grain-free plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of salmon or turkey meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Supreme Source Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

11/02/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Raven Cassidy

    This is the best food on the market..I don’t know if you are all aware..but Merrick which was a very trusted brand..was bought out by Purina…so people that worked for Merrick branched off and created this Supreme Source is the new Merrick.. Purina ruins everything it touches..I use supreme source and I mix some nupro powder or make gravy…I also raw feed with large beef marrow bones as a treat once a week.

  • Everette

    rich food so need to mix with a bland food for a little while so they can adjust. Their stomachs are so sensitive to food changes.

  • Everette

    Where is it made? Just do not see on the bag or website.

  • Cherilyn Clark-Taylor

    Supreme Source dry dog food gives my dog diarrhea.

  • felicia mabrey

    I WAS JUST ON Pet Food Advisor and seen Supreme Source Dry is now a 4 STAR RATED FOOD !!

  • Mary M. Valentine

    My dogs love the supreme choice dog food. But when I presented my cats with supreme choice cat food looked at me like I was trying to poison them. LOL!

  • Mary M. Valentine

    My 14-year-old Australian Shepherd and my-year-old Irish setter are both thriving on Supreme Choice kibble. I alternate between the salmon the turkey and the lamb varieties. They love all three and maintain beautiful coat healthy, weight, and excellent energy level. They have no skin problems and no digestive upset whatsoever, and their stool output has been greatly reduced from grain-based dog food.

    My only complaint about the product is that the kibble pieces are a little small for larger dogs. I have overcome this problem when feeding my Irish setter, who tends to bolt his food, by moistening the kibble with a little water or steamed vegetables and broth.

  • felicia mabrey

    at one time Menadione was the only thing that kept it from a top score

  • felicia mabrey

    they have cat food now

  • Susan LaFountaine

    Update: Supreme Source sadly did not work out for my Rottie pup 🙁 As typical of his allergy situations, he exploded again and back to the vet we went! He is showing very high Eosinophil levels which is indicative of severe allergies and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. This food however is working out very well for my Sheltie, she just loves it and looks and feels fantastic. I continue to feed it to her, my Rottie is now doing very well on a prescription hydrolyzed diet. Supreme source is a wonderful product and I will continue to purchase it for my Sheltie and I still recommend it as a great quality product at a great price!

  • Susan LaFountaine

    My 10 month old Rottweiler pup and my 3 year old Sheltie have been eating Victor for the past 8 months and they love that food and it is such wonderful quality; however, my Rottie pup has developed an auto-immune disorder. The vet told me to put him on single protein source, grain free food. I have looked at Supreme Source several times at Winco Grocery Store, but since they were doing so well on Victor, I never picked it up. Well, both my Rottie pup and my Sheltie have been eating Supreme Source for over a week now and I think this food is what we needed!!! My Rottie hasn’t shown signs of any gastrointestinal upset or allergy so far. Of course my Sheltie has an “iron gut” and can and will eat anything with no problems! Supreme Source is a fantastic product at a super affordable price. I really like that I can get it at the local grocery store. Right now they are enjoying the Salmon and sweet potato formula, since my Rottie is having issues, he will have to stay with that formula, but I may buy a small bag of the turkey or the lamb for my sheltie so that she doesn’t get bored with the food. I would very much recommend this food to anyone looking for excellent quality dog food at a wonderful price!

  • Jessica Lynn Cohenour

    They also have a lamb and potato that I came across and my pitbulls love it!

  • My husband picked this up almost on accident when our local Aldi store was closed for renovations and we couldn’t get the grain free chicken and brown rice and salmon and sweet potato line that they carry – Pure Being. They just loved the Giant brand, American Supreme Source Salmon and Sweet potato and I was happy to see so many ingredients I could actually pronounce! They gobbled it up and I came to find it is actually less expensive than the Aldi variety which comes in a 4lb bag for $5.99 ($1.50/lb) as opposed to Giant’s brand which comes in a 6lb bag for $6.99 ($1.165/lb).

  • Marcie Marone

    I started buying this a couple of months ago at my local Von’s. I feed it to my Shepherd and my Boxer. My Boxer has always been VERY finicky but he loves the Salmon & Sweet Potato flavor. My Shepherd will eat anything, she likes both the Salmon and the Turkey. I think it’s a pretty good food, especially considering it’s easily available in the supermarket. No recalls, as opposed to Blue Wilderness which I’ve been feeding my senior doxie and now today has yet another recall. I think I’m going to try FreshPet for him. Another food that is considered good quality and is sold at my local supermarket.

  • Went from Rachael rays food which made my dog smell. Tried Pure Balance from Walmart but got tired of driving there. Found this dog food at food lion and after checking the ingredients, bought it. My dog loves and she doesn’t stink anymore lol..

  • bklynsteph

    I use this and Evolve too with good poop results. They like it large and small dogs.

  • bojangles

    Hi Mike,
    Up to your old tricks again, Barbara S

  • bojangles


    As you can see, Mike Sagman deleted my post.

    He manipulates the content on the Dog Food Advisor to hide the truth.

    He’s probably going to delete this post, AND THEN REPLY TO IT, like he has done so many times in the past.

    Mike is afraid of the truth, so he cowardly deletes my comments.

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  • bojangles


    This food not only dropped the red flagged menadione sodium bisulfite complex, it also dropped the red flagged vegetable oil.

    Unfortunately, the Dog Food Advisor usually “UPDATES” each review every 18 months. So if the recipe changes right after the review comes out, it might stay incorrect for well over a year.

    Hope this helps 🙂

  • Guest

    I’d like to know as well

  • Jennifer K.

    My yorkie-poo loves this food. He finishes what I give him. He didn’t do this with any other food I tried.

  • Susan LaFountaine

    Looks like a good dog food to me! I was having problems with my Rottie pup, he was poopin huge piles! And most of the time, it was rather runny. I switched him to grain free Evolve, and immediately no more poops, and much smaller in size. My Sheltie has always done well on Evolve. But I am looking for another quality food to rotate with. If this particular formula doesn’t contain menadione, I think I may give it a try, especially since it is for all life stages, including puppies that will grow to more than 70lbs!

  • Christine Gregory

    Menadione was mentioned in the review as an undesirable ingredient. It seems that this ingredient is no longer present in the food. At least not in the Turkey Sweet Potato variety. Any thoughts on this or updates?