Most pet food companies co-pack all or some of their diets. Co-packing can involve dry and wet foods and most of the major pet food companies have some of their diets manufactured for them or they will also co-pack diets for large grocery chains such as Costco, Walmart, Loblaw’s. These chains can in fact have several co-packers making their diets. All the co-packer needs is the nutrient profile of the diet and the company’s bags . The co-packer may formulate the diet using their ingredients or they will use the ingredients requested by the company they are making the diet for. The company that owns the brand may not have any input as to the source of ingredients.
The only way the consumer can tell if the diet is co-packed is by looking on the label which will state: “product Manufactured for” or manufactured by.
The extent of co-packing came to light during the melamine disaster, when some of the major pet food companies had some of their canned diets co-packed. Co-packers can manufacturer hundreds of different diets for individual companies using the same main ingredients for all. The average price is 1/3 below thet branded counterpart and market share is growing about 11% annually. Future appears strong with plenty of room to grow
Mergers and Acquisitions:
For more complete information on how complex the industry is visit the truth about pet foods