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Beggin’ Strips is a brand of pet food and pet snack manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare. The product was first manufactured by Ralston Purina. The product's tagline is "Dogs Don't Know It's Not Bacon", which appeared in U.S. television commercials in the 1990s. The product is manufactured to resemble bacon strips.
Beggin' Strips were first sold in 1993. Nestlé Purina started off by selling this product in North America. It is marketed as being "more healthy than table scraps." This is supported by Nestlé Purina PetCare, who offers various coupons and other savings for Beggin' Strips.
Purina Beggin' Strips are made of real bacon but are enhanced with artificial ingredients. According to Purina's Beggin' Strip website the initial bacon is preserved with sodium nitrite and BHA. Base ingredients for additional additives include ground wheat, corn gluten meal, wheat flour, ground yellow corn, water, sugar, glycerin, soybean meal, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, meat phosphoric acid, sorbic acid, natural and artificial smoke flavors. Depending on the flavor, artificial coloring is also added. There are six flavors currently available.
Purina products are made in the United States; however, they buy some of the ingredients from other countries with the biggest supplier being China. This data comes directly from Purina as stated on their Facebook page.
The trademark bag for the product features a cartoon dog licking his chops while awaiting a treat. Drawn up in 1994, the dog was named "Hamlet." Hamlet was chosen to appear in Nestlé Purina's advertising for Beggin' Strips, and to represent the product.
Purina also hosts an annual Pet Parade around the time of Mardi Gras. It is held every year in Soulard, a historic French neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri with over 5,000 pets and their owners in attendance. St. Louis' Waterloo Courier also covered the Beggin' Strips Stupid Dog Contest on July 4, 1999. This contest offers multiple monetary prizes, the grand prize being a $5,000 supply of Beggin' Strips per year and a trip to see the Late Show with David Letterman in New York.
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