Dog owners look to made in the USA pet foods to provide
high-quality, transparently sourced diets for their pups.
BY LINDSEY GETZ
Dog food that is made in the u.S. with domestically sourced ingredients continues to rise in pet owner demand, reflecting consumers’ increasing comfort level with made in the uSA diets, according to industry participants.
“made and sourced in the uSA pet food gives the consumer confidence that they are
getting high-quality food for their pet,” said George DiGuido, owner of NYC Pet in Brooklyn,
N. Y. “Pet parents humanize their pets as their kids, and with the evolution of the pet becoming more and more the ‘child’ of the family, people are much more concerned about food,
nutrition, and quality of ingredients and processing.”
Nichole Nonini, marketing director for Plato Pet Treats in Fresno, Calif., said the fact that
food products that are sourced and made in the uSA help the economy is another driving
force behind the trend, which has allowed it to thrive.
“[manufacturing in the u.S.] also allows for full traceability of ingredients, enabling each
pet owner to trust the brands that are being transparent,” Nonini added. “If they know it is
sourced in the uSA, they know the standards for the Association of American Feed Control
Officials are always becoming more rigorous. Low-quality fillers, byproducts and mystery
ingredients aren’t the standard for our pets anymore. Super-savvy label readers will pay what
it takes to ensure their dog has a wholesome diet from brands they trust.”
Vanessa Quick, director of sales at Purpose Pet Food in New York, said that there is a
higher standard of quality that comes with a “made in the uSA” label.
“People feel good
about buying food
products that were
made in the USA
and will continue
to do so.”
of Pioneer Pet Feed