Hill's Pet Nutrition

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Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive
Industry Dog food
Cat food
Genre pet food
Founded 1907
Founder Burton Hill
Headquarters Topeka, Kansas, United States
Area served
Key people
Burton Hill, Mark Morris Sr., Mark Morris Jr.
Revenue 2.2 Billion
Website http://www.hillspet.com

Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc , marketed simply as "Hills" is an American company, a large scale producer of pet nutrition, e.g. dog and cat foods. The company is a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive.


Hill's Pet Nutrition was founded in the spring of 1907 by Burton Hill and started operation as Hill Rendering Works.[1][2] Hill Rendering works provided rendering services to Shawnee County KS and had a contract with the City of Topeka to dispose of dead and lame animals. Hill Rendering works produced tallow hides, tankage, meat scraps and farm animal feed including hogs and chicken feed.

Early Picture of Hill Packing Company

By the 1930 [3] [4] [5] the name had changed to Hill Packing Company which included a milling division, Hill Milling company. At this time the company was producing farm animal feed, dog food and horse meat for human consumption, processing 500 head of horse per week .[6] The meat was being shipped to markets in Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands. Much of the Horse meat was sold to the east coast as a product called Chopped and Cured and shipped to Europe as barreled horse loins.

Hill's Dog Food can label

In 1948 Mark L. Morris contacted Hill Packing company to produce Canine k/d, Hill Packing company became the license producer of Canine k/d .[7] In 1968, the food line was made available through veterinarians and pet professionals as Hill's Science Diet. The line has continued to expand, and today includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods (prescription foods for cats and dogs with specific diseases, only available through a vet or pet pharmacy) and Science Diet brand pet foods (sold through veterinarians and pet specialty stores). In 1968 [8] Hill Packing company was sold to Riviana Foods [9] then in 1976 the Colgate-Palmolive Company merged [10] with Riviana Foods. Today, Hill's pet food products are available in 86 countries around the world and company sales reached $1 billion in 1999.

Product brands[edit]

Science Diet[edit]

Science Diet was developed in the 1960s by Mark L. Morris, Jr. PhD DVM (February 3, 1934 - January 14, 2007). Dr. Morris Jr. was the son of famed veterinarian, Dr. Mark Morris Sr. DVM, who pioneered the field of veterinary clinical nutrition when asked to create a specialized diet for the original seeing-eye dog, Buddy, a female German Shepherd with kidney disease. That success led Dr. Morris and his son to create additional condition-specific and life-stage pet food formulas under the Prescription Diet and Science Diet brand names.[11]

Prescription Diet[edit]

  • Prescription Diet

Ideal Balance[edit]

  • Ideal Balance


One Prescription Diet line and five products of the Science Diet line were involved in the 2007 pet food recalls for their inclusion of melamine tainted wheat gluten received from China.[12][13][14][15]


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