About Purina®

What we do and why we do it

PURINA Petcare Company is a leader in the pet products industry, dedicated to improving the lives of cats and dogs through quality nutrition and care. Core philosophies include promoting responsible pet care, humane education, community inavolvement, and the positive bond between people and their pets.
PURINA Petcare Company was formed when Friskies PetCare Company and Ralston Purina merged in December 2001. The new organisation combines their rich histories, diverse resources and complimentary strengths, offering pets and their owners a wide variety of innovative, high-quality and nutritious products.

Nourishing Pets. Enriching Lives.

All of the PURINA pet food range is developed by the PURINA Pet Institute, based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Dedicated to understanding every aspect of the pet's overall good health, the company’s research and development is staffed by nutritionists, food scientists, veterinarians, flavour scientists, biologists, immunology specialists and animal behaviorists. The Institute is also working to set the pet health agenda for the next century by monitoring the most important health issues that are facing pets today.


The history of Ralston Purina Company is filled with twists and turns, and an occasional fork in the road. Our past is paved with vivid, often disparate images – from Brain Bread to dog litter, from Maud the Mule to the Energizer Bunny, from Purina® Layena to Purina® Dog Chow® brand. The one thread throughout this curious evolution is the ability to adapt. The Darwinian Concept of biological survival applied to business is not new. Given World Wars, the Great Depression, intense competition, and enormous shifts in business and technology, business survival over time is no mean task.

Establishment of Purina

January 8, 1894: William H. Danforth, partnering with George Robinson and William Andrews, enters the business of feeding farm animals by founding the Robinson-Danforth Commission Company. The name is changed to Ralston Purina in 1902.

The first pet nutrition & care center

Purina establishes the first pet nutrition and care center at Purina Farms near Gray Summit, Missouri, to confirm the palatability and nutrition of its pet foods. It has since evolved into the Nestlé Purina Pet Care Center in Northwest Missouri.

Purina® Dog Chow®

Purina® Dog Chow® becomes the first pet food that is made using a technology called extrusion to form distinctive shapes that are known as “kibble” today.

Purina® Cat Chow®

Purina introduces Purina® Cat Chow® to help feed a growing population of American housecats.

Purina® Fancy Feast®

For over 25 years, the Fancy Feast® team has been committed to preparing the most enjoyable gourmet meals for your cat. Our quest for culinary perfection is a pursuit to bring love and joy along with balanced nutrition.

Purina® Pro Plan®

Purina develops an innovative process that makes it possible to use real meat as the #1 ingredient in kibble, and launches Purina Pro Plan®, the first brand of pet food to do so.

Groundbreaking 14-year study

Purina launches its groundbreaking 14-year study, which proves that feeding dogs to their ideal body condition throughout their lifetime can help extend their healthy years.

DNA Distribution Center

Purina launches its groundbreaking 14-year study, which proves that feeding dogs to their ideal body condition throughout their lifetime can help extend their healthy years.

Nestlé acquires Ralston Purina

December 12th, 2001: Nestlé acquires Ralston Purina, helping to expand the availability of Purina products to pets and pet owners all over the world.

The Purina Event Center

The Purina Event Center, a 84,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is designed for the needs of dogs and their owners, it featuring a padded floor for comfort and safety and over 150 dog grooming stations.

$10,000,000 in annual investments

Purina exceeds $10,000,000 in annual investments across the company in pet welfare and pet communities.