Contest invites pet parents to name Merrick’s next summer seasonal dog food recipe.

Amarillo, Texas (October 8, 2013) – Dog lovers, can you come up with the name for Merrick Pet Care’s next summer seasonal dog food recipe?

Pet parents can give it a try for a chance to win a year’s supply of dog food with Merrick’s Name the “CAN”-Test. Starting this week on Facebook, contest participants can submit an idea for a summer seasonal recipe, along with suggested recipe ingredients, for a new Merrick flavor to debut in Summer 2014.

“Merrick has long been known in the natural pet food category for its high quality, innovative canned dog food recipes and their playful names – Merrick’an Pie, Ballpark Bonanza, Honolulu Luau and many more,” said Mark Sapir, vice president of marketing for Merrick.

“This contest – or “can”-test – is a way to tap into the creativity and passion of our pet parent community to help us name our next can. We’ll take the winning name and turn it into a delicious and nutritious recipe for dogs to enjoy next summer,” he added.

To enter, pet parents must visit Merrick on Facebook at www.facebook.com/merrickpetcare (http://bit.ly/16tDpjP) Entrants may submit a recipe name along with suggested recipe ingredients before Oct. 21. Merrick will select four finalists based on the creativity and originality of their entries. These four recipe ideas will be put to a community vote on Facebook from Oct. 28-Nov. 8, and a grand prize winner will be announced on or around Nov. 15.

The grand prize winner will receive a year’s supply of dog food, and their winning recipe will launch in time for the 2014 summer season with cans to arrive in stores by next May. Three first-prize winners will each win a 25-lb. bag of Merrick Grain Free Real Texas Beef dry dog food, one of Merrick’s newest grain-free recipes. At the same time, Merrick is running a similar contest at PETCO for its partners to name another upcoming seasonal canned recipe.

Merrick’s seasonal canned dog food recipes provide a healthy way for dogs to celebrate the changing seasons. The recipes are grain free, with a balance of high-quality meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables, making them ideal choices for dogs with food allergies or sensitivities. Each recipe is meticulously crafted in small batches for holistic, balanced nutrition, and all of Merrick’s pet food is made in the company’s own facilities in the USA.

About Merrick Pet Care, Inc. Founded in 1968, Amarillo-based Merrick Pet Care Inc. is a leader in the natural and organic pet food category. With a mission to create the most nutritious and wholesome food, Merrick helps families take better care of their pets by cooking up nutritious, real whole foods for pets. All foods are made in the USA using only the freshest ingredients grown by local farmers. The company offers a wide variety of dry and wet foods, as well as treats, that are available nationally at independent pet specialty stores, Petco and online via select retailers.  In April 2012, Merrick Pet Care Inc. acquired Castor & Pollux and its Organix and Natural Ultramix products. For more information about Merrick or C&P, visit www.merrickpetcare.com or www.castorpolluxpet.com.

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