Big Heart Pet Brands

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Big Heart Pet Brands
IndustryPet food
FoundedJanuary 28, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-01-28)[1]
HeadquartersOne Maritime Plaza
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Area served
United States, Canada, South America, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent
Key people
David J. West
ProductsPet food, pet snacks
ParentThe J.M. Smucker Company
Pittsburgh offices of Big Heart Pet Brands

Big Heart Pet Brands is a producer, distributor and marketer of branded pet products for the U.S. retail market. They are based in San Francisco, CA.

Big Heart Pet Brands was previously the pet food division of Del Monte Foods prior to their 2014 sale to Del Monte Pacific Limited.[2]

They generated approximately $2.0 billion in net sales in fiscal 2013. Their brands include Meow Mix, Kibbles 'n Bits, Milk-Bone, 9Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo’s Kitchen.

Big Heart Pet Brands also produces and distributes private label pet products.

On February 3, 2015, The J.M. Smucker Company announced the acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands.[3]

After pentobarbital, a lethal drug used in pet euthanasia caused the death of a dog on New Year's Eve of 2016, WJLA of Washington, D.C. partnered with Ellipse Analytics to test for pentobarbital across a wide range of pet food brands. Out of 15 cans of Gravy Train, 60% tested positive for pentobarbital. While the levels detected were not considered lethal, the drug is not legally permitted at any concentration in pet food. After declining an on-camera interview, the FDA stated that it "will investigate the matter and take appropriate enforcement action."


  1. ^ " WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  2. ^ "Big Heart Pet Brands is the New Name for Del Monte Foods' Pet Products Business; Now Largest Standalone Pet Products Company in North America". Business Wire. 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2015-02-04.
  3. ^ Mackinnon, Jim (2015-02-03). "J.M. Smucker adds major pet food brands in 'transformational' $5.8 billion purchase". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2015-02-04.

"FDA to investigate after report exposes euthanasia drug in dog food". WGME News. 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2018-02-10.

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