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Industry Pet food
Founded 2001
Area served
Products Dog food
Owner Nestlé Purina PetCare
Slogan Healthful. Plentiful. Beneful.

Beneful is a brand of dog food products by Nestle Purina Petcare that includes wet dog food, dry food and treats.[1] As of 2012, it was the fourth most popular dog food brand,[2] generating more than $1.5 billion in annual revenues.[3] According to a SWOT analysis by Marketline, Beneful is one of Nestle Purina's more significant brands by revenue.[4]


The Beneful brand of dog food was introduced to the market in 2001. It was marketed on the basis of nutrition.[5][6] According to a company spokesperson, the term Beneful means "full of goodness".[5] A $34 million Beneful television advertising campaign that aired that year was the largest in Nestle Purina's history.[7][8] A Beneful Healthy Harvest product line, which is a vegetarian option using soy instead of meat, was added to the product family in June 2005.[9][10] The Beneful Prepared Meals line was introduced in March 2006 in eight flavors. It was sold in containers that also serve as a dog food bowl.[11] By 2006 Beneful was producing $300 million in revenues.[11] The company spent $36 million to upgrade its wet food manufacturing facilities in St. Joseph, Missouri to keep production up with demand.[12] Modifications were made to several Beneful products in 2010 that made it look more like human food.[13] In 2011 Beneful television ads started airing in Austria that featured noises only dogs could hear in order to elicit a response from pets. Beneful said it was the first time advertising was produced that targeted pets directly.[14][15][16]

In 2013, many dog owners alleged on to have dogs that fell ill after feeding them Beneful. Tests by the Food and Drug Administration found no contaminants in the product.[17][18] Allegations of food poisoning by Beneful continued in social media. Beneful said the issue was caused by "social media disinformation."[19] In February 2015, a class action lawsuit was filed in California Federal Court against Nestle Purina Petcare alleging that the propylene glycol and mycotoxins contained in its Beneful dog food brand were toxins, capable of poisoning and even killing pets.[20] According to Purina, the company uses food-grade versions of the ingredients that are approved by the FDA and common in salad dressings, among other things.[20] The plaintiff said there have been 3,000 complaints from dog owners with pets showing symptoms consistent with mycotoxin poisoning, such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and seizures. [21] Veterinarians have said grieving pet owners often falsely attribute ambiguous, non-specific symptoms to food.[19]

Beneful hosted annual competitions for sponsored dog park renovations, which attracted 1,000 dog park design submissions in 2013 for the $500,000 renovation.[22][23][24]


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  2. ^ "New Dog Foods Focus on Health". MMR. January 28, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Olson, Elizabeth (October 17, 2012). "A Rachael Ray Food Truck for the Dogs". The New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nestle Purina PetCare Company SWOT Analysis". MarketLine. June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Lee, Thomas (October 7, 2001). "Purina Seeks to Attract Healthful Dog Owners with Beneful Strategy". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  6. ^ Ball, Deborah (March 18, 2006). "Nothing Says, 'I Love You, Fido,' Like Food With Gourmet Flair". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ Reyes, Sonia; Baar, Aaron (August 27, 2001). "Purina Plots Poaching Protective Pooch Pals". Brandweek. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ Baar, Aaron; McMains, Andrew (August 27, 2001). "Ralston Shops Line Up for One". Adweek. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Woh, Jessica (August 29, 2005). "Fluffy and Fido mimic owners' dining habits: Healthier diets extend animals' lives". The Associated Press. 
  10. ^ "Soy protein from Beneful". Grocery Headquarters. July 1, 2005. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Dogged research yields new pet food". St. Joseph News-Press. May 7, 2006. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Nestle Purina PetCare plans $36 million expansion in St. Joe". St. Joseph News-Press. July 20, 2006. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ Turcsik, Richard (January 1, 2010). "Loyal friend: a steady stream of product introductions and a shift to higher-margin, healthier and a shift to higher-margin, healthier and nutritious offerings are helping the pet aisle remain strong". Grocery Headquarters. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ Thomasson, Emma (October 1, 2011). "Nestle ads will go directly to the dogs; TV commercials designed to be heard by canine ears". Reuters. 
  15. ^ O'Carroll, Eoin (October 3, 2011). "Nestlé launches TV ad aimed at dogs. Will it work?". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ Lucas, Louise (September 30, 2011). "Nestlé whistles up adverts to drive dogs wild". Financial Times. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ Strickland, Jim (April 8, 2013). "Pet owners claim Beneful making their dogs sick". Channel 2 Action News. 
  18. ^ "Target 11 investigates claims that Beneful is killing dogs". WSBTV. February 28, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Scheidegger, Julie (April 1, 2013). "Beneful blasted in blogosphere". DVM360 Magazine. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b Silva, Daniella (February 24, 2015). "Lawsuit Claims Purina's Beneful Is Poisoning, Killing Dogs". NBC News. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  21. ^ Hernandez, Jodi; Fernandez, Lisa. "Dogs Were "Poisoned": Discovery Bay Man Sues Purina After His Dogs Die, Get Sick". NBC. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Berkus Joins Team For Fantasy Dog Parks". The Associated Press. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Prescott wins $500,000 Beneful dog park award". The Daily Courier. December 18, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Buchahan Park Dog Park to get $500,000 makeover". Lancaster Online. April 30, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2014.