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RECIPES TASTE BETTER
THAN FORMULAS.

That's why we've been making
handcrafted, all-natural pet
food in our own kitchen for
more than 25 years.

Potato and carrots real ingredients

A PASSION FOR MAKING THE BEST FOOD EVER

For Garth Merrick, making the Best Food Ever has always been a family affair. In 1988, he founded Merrick Pet Care with his wife, Susie, and their four children at his ranch in Hereford, Texas just outside of Amarillo.
Their goal: Making the wholesome, nutritious recipes that pets deserve.

“Our faith, family, and country have always been at the core of what our company is about. It was true when we started, and it's still the same today.”

– GARTH MERRICK

 

One of Garth's first offerings was the Flossie, a natural dog treat. He brought the treat to industry trade shows, where it found instant success. As orders for Flossies rolled in, Garth set his sights even higher. He would make an all-natural, high-protein dog food using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients he could find. All handcrafted in his own kitchen with no preservatives, no filler and no shortcuts.

The dog food recipes were a hit, and his kitchen became a bigger kitchen. And as his pet food grew in popularity, so did his family – in the form of hundreds of Merrick employees proud to make the freshest, most delicious pet food available. Today, they're still working with Garth to fulfill his vision of creating the Best Food Ever, with more than 125 wholesome recipes and counting.

YOUR BEST DESERVES OUR BEST

At Merrick, we don’t just make pet food.
We make the Best Food Ever.

Our founder, Garth Merrick, started in 1988 with natural dog treats.
One of his first was the Flossie, a hearty, healthy treat that also helps clean dogs’ teeth. It was the first of its kind, but for us it was just the beginning.

Soon we were creating handcrafted, all-natural pet food  
with the freshest, highest quality ingredients available. Why? Because whole foods don’t just taste better — they’re better for your pet. Because good things come in small batches. And because as far as dogs and cats are concerned, handmade recipes taste way, way better than scientific formulas.

So we kept making pet food with wholesome, nutritious ingredients from trusted farmers. In 2003, we introduced recipes like Grammy’s Pot Pie, Turducken and Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Then, in 2004, we created our award-winning grain free dry recipes with chicken, beef or buffalo as the first ingredient for the protein and taste dogs love.

And, we didn’t stop there. After more than 20 years of innovation, we started the “Real Food Revolution” in 2012 by reformulating our Classic and Grain Free lines of dog food with new recipes that were unsurpassed in quality, nutrition and taste. And in 2013 the revolution continued with our Purrfect Bistro menu of 21 high-protein, grain free canned and dry cat food recipes.

A Legacy of quality + innovation

Timeline  

 1988  1992  1995  1996  1999  2002  2003  2004  2005  2008  2009  2010  2012  2013  2014  2015
  • Garth Merrick develops a line of natural treats for dogs including bone, chews and variety packs. The product line gains popularity in pet specialty retail stores. New products and merchandising options are introduced yearly.
    Merrick treats are one of the first natural treat lines to utilize unique display racks, end cap corrugated displays and holiday packaging.
  • Merrick Pet Care develops Merrick Premium brand dry food and Beef ‘N More dry food.
  • Beef ‘N More is eventually sold nationwide in Sam’s Club® stores.
  • Merrick begins to build a cannery and the first Merrick beef, turkey and venison canned pet foods are created.
  • “The Flossie” – the most popular Merrick treat of all time – is created.
  • Merrick opens two Merrick Pet Delicatessen retail stores offering Merrick treats and food direct to local communities.
  • To better meet the need of a growing online retail market, Merrick introduces its first Internet retail site and begins selling and shipping treats directly to pet owners across the United States.
  • Merrick innovates again with the development of a gourmet line of super-premium pet food featuring real meat as the #1 ingredient and including fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
  • Merrick introduces eight unique canned recipes for dogs including Grammy’s Pot Pie, Turducken, Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Cowboy Cookout, Wilderness Blend, Mediterranean Banquet, Puppy Plate and Senior Medley.
  • Merrick launches six new dry foods based around the themes of fresh meat and healthy fruits and vegetables. A canned food product line for cats is also introduced with nine unique flavors.
  • The Glycemic Research Institute in Washington, D.C., selects Merrick Pet Food as the Best Pet Food of the Year.
  • Merrick introduces new canned dog flavors. Smothered Comfort and Wingaling quickly become bestsellers.
  • Merrick launches Before Grain – a line of grain free canned and dry food for dogs and cats.
  • Merrick “Seasonals” debut with four unique summer flavors – Campers Delight, Honolulu Luau, Ballpark Bonanza and Red, White and Blueberry – available for a limited time. Fall, winter and spring flavors follow.
  • Merrick introduces a new brand within its portfolio, Whole Earth Farms – consisting of holistic wet and dry formulas available at affordable, accessible prices.
  • Merrick Pet Care products debut in the natural section of Petco® retail stores nationwide.
  • Capitalizing on more than 20 years of innovation in the pet food industry, Merrick begins the 2012 Real Food Revolution by reformulating existing products into the Classic and Grain Free lines. The new recipes are unsurpassed in quality, nutrition and health benefits.
    The 2012 Merrick Revolution begins with 11 world-class, dog food recipes that coincide with an all-new packaging design.
  • Merrick notably becomes the world’s only known Organic certified manufacturer of both dry and canned food for pets under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).
  • Looking to grow strategically its premium pet food business in the natural and organic segments, Merrick acquires Castor & Pollux and its ORGANIX® and Natural Ultramix® brands.
  • CEO Greg Shearson brings strategic growth plan to the company.
  • Merrick Pet Care continues its successful real, whole food revolution with the introduction of its new Purrfect Bistro menu of 21 recipes offering a variety of high-protein, canned and dry cat foods.
  • Merrick Pet Care’s production facilities earn the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certification for its 195,000 square foot facilities located in Hereford, Texas.
    The SQF Level 3 certification means Merrick has successfully completed a stringent food safety auditing process and verifies that its facilities are in compliance with Certified HACCP (Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Points) food safety plans.
  • Merrick ‘beefs up’ dog food line with its first grain free beef offering called Grain Free Real Texas Beef + Sweet Potato.
  • A partnership is formed between Merrick and PAWS Chicago, Chicago’s largest no kill humane and adoption center. Merrick has committed itself to providing quality nutrition to each cat and dog resident of PAWS. All new pet adopters receive a free bag of Merrick.
  • Merrick Pet Care, building upon its successful 2012 real, whole pet food Revolution, ‘unleashes’ 66 new and newly-reformulated products across its product and brand portfolio including wet, dry and treats with special formulations including grain free, gluten free, all-natural, deboned protein.
  • Merrick unveils packaging innovations to its bagged dry food lines providing pet parents with easier-to-use closures and greater freshness assurances. The new packaging also proudly features its Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certification earned in 2013.
  • Merrick and Tree House Humane Society in Chicago announce partnership to provide Chicago's homeless cats with quality nutrition. As Tree House's exclusive feeding partner, Merrick provides meals to all resident cats during their time at the no-kill shelter.
  • Merrick Pet Care introduces two new grain free diet solutions at Global Pet Expo: Merrick BackCountry, the ultimate canine ancestral diet and Limited Ingredient Diets, simple recipes for dogs and cats with ingredient intolerances or food sensitivities.
  • Merrick donates to 25 pet shelters nationwide after successful ‘Homeruns for Shelters’ Facebook Program
  • Evanston Animal Shelter partners with Merrick to provide Evanston’s homeless dogs with quality nutrition
2015
  • Merrick Pet Care introduces two new grain free diet solutions at Global Pet Expo: Merrick BackCountry, the ultimate canine ancestral diet and Limited Ingredient Diets, simple recipes for dogs and cats with ingredient intolerances or food sensitivities.
  • Merrick donates to 25 pet shelters nationwide after successful ‘Homeruns for Shelters’ Facebook Program
  • Evanston Animal Shelter partners with Merrick to provide Evanston’s homeless dogs with quality nutrition
2014
  • Merrick Pet Care, building upon its successful 2012 real, whole pet food Revolution, ‘unleashes’ 66 new and newly-reformulated products across its product and brand portfolio including wet, dry and treats with special formulations including grain free, gluten free, all-natural, deboned protein.
  • Merrick unveils packaging innovations to its bagged dry food lines providing pet parents with easier-to-use closures and greater freshness assurances. The new packaging also proudly features its Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certification earned in 2013.
  • Merrick and Tree House Humane Society in Chicago announce partnership to provide Chicago's homeless cats with quality nutrition. As Tree House's exclusive feeding partner, Merrick provides meals to all resident cats during their time at the no-kill shelter.
2013
  • Merrick Pet Care continues its successful real, whole food revolution with the introduction of its new Purrfect Bistro menu of 21 recipes offering a variety of high-protein, canned and dry cat foods.
  • Merrick Pet Care’s production facilities earn the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certification for its 195,000 square foot facilities located in Hereford, Texas.
    The SQF Level 3 certification means Merrick has successfully completed a stringent food safety auditing process and verifies that its facilities are in compliance with Certified HACCP (Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Points) food safety plans.
  • Merrick ‘beefs up’ dog food line with its first grain free beef offering called Grain Free Real Texas Beef + Sweet Potato.
  • A partnership is formed between Merrick and PAWS Chicago, Chicago’s largest no kill humane and adoption center. Merrick has committed itself to providing quality nutrition to each cat and dog resident of PAWS. All new pet adopters receive a free bag of Merrick.
2012
  • Capitalizing on more than 20 years of innovation in the pet food industry, Merrick begins the 2012 Real Food Revolution by reformulating existing products into the Classic and Grain Free lines. The new recipes are unsurpassed in quality, nutrition and health benefits.
    The 2012 Merrick Revolution begins with 11 world-class, dog food recipes that coincide with an all-new packaging design.
  • Merrick notably becomes the world’s only known Organic certified manufacturer of both dry and canned food for pets under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).
  • Looking to grow strategically its premium pet food business in the natural and organic segments, Merrick acquires Castor & Pollux and its ORGANIX® and Natural Ultramix® brands.
  • CEO Greg Shearson brings strategic growth plan to the company.
2010
  • Merrick Pet Care products debut in the natural section of Petco® retail stores nationwide.
2009
  • Merrick “Seasonals” debut with four unique summer flavors – Campers Delight, Honolulu Luau, Ballpark Bonanza and Red, White and Blueberry – available for a limited time. Fall, winter and spring flavors follow.
  • Merrick introduces a new brand within its portfolio, Whole Earth Farms – consisting of holistic wet and dry formulas available at affordable, accessible prices.
2008
  • Merrick launches Before Grain – a line of grain free canned and dry food for dogs and cats.
2005
  • Merrick introduces new canned dog flavors. Smothered Comfort and Wingaling quickly become bestsellers.
2004
  • Merrick launches six new dry foods based around the themes of fresh meat and healthy fruits and vegetables. A canned food product line for cats is also introduced with nine unique flavors.
  • The Glycemic Research Institute in Washington, D.C., selects Merrick Pet Food as the Best Pet Food of the Year.
2003
  • Merrick introduces eight unique canned recipes for dogs including Grammy’s Pot Pie, Turducken, Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Cowboy Cookout, Wilderness Blend, Mediterranean Banquet, Puppy Plate and Senior Medley.
2002
  • Merrick innovates again with the development of a gourmet line of super-premium pet food featuring real meat as the #1 ingredient and including fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
1999
  • To better meet the need of a growing online retail market, Merrick introduces its first Internet retail site and begins selling and shipping treats directly to pet owners across the United States.
1996
  • “The Flossie” – the most popular Merrick treat of all time – is created.
  • Merrick opens two Merrick Pet Delicatessen retail stores offering Merrick treats and food direct to local communities.
1995
  • Merrick begins to build a cannery and the first Merrick beef, turkey and venison canned pet foods are created.
1992
  • Merrick Pet Care develops Merrick Premium brand dry food and Beef ‘N More dry food.
  • Beef ‘N More is eventually sold nationwide in Sam’s Club® stores.
1988
  • Garth Merrick develops a line of natural treats for dogs including bone, chews and variety packs. The product line gains popularity in pet specialty retail stores. New products and merchandising options are introduced yearly.
    Merrick treats are one of the first natural treat lines to utilize unique display racks, end cap corrugated displays and holiday packaging.