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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 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 and 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 2011 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.