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About Nestle Purina

Purina began in 1894 as an animal feed business. Founders William H. Danforth, George Robinson, and William Andrews named the company Ralston Purina in 1902. Since then, researching and providing the best pet nutrition has been the vision for Purina. In 1926, Purina established the first pet nutrition and care center, which still stands today. The company continued to be a leading pet care company for the beginning of the twentieth century. By 1956, it was the first pet food company to use a technology called extrusion, which is how the distinct “kibble” shape is created. In 1986, Ralston Purina sold Purina Mills, the farm animal feed business to focus solely on dog and cat food. The sale was incredibly smart, and allowed the company to embark on a revolutionary 14-year study, “which proves that feeding dogs to their ideal body condition throughout their lifetime can help extend their healthy years.”

In 2001, Nestle acquired Ralston Purina, thus expanding Purina’s reach to global lengths. Some of the company’s products include Beyond Natural Dog Food, Purina ONE, Dentalife, Fancy Feast, Tidy Cats, and more. Purina’s research labs lead the industry in pet product development. Nestle Purina Analytical Labs assist in nutrient labeling, product concept development, and finished product testing. The Product Technology Center is a collaborative network of 500 scientists that aids in key research for product development and improvement. The Technical Applications Group helps the company with process management, regulatory measures, and product packaging. Finally, the Purina Institute is the global organization that is the voice for scientific communications and “a champion of breakthrough science in pet nutrition.” All of these teams within the Purina company allow for the creation of globally trusted pet products that Purina prides itself on providing.

As a pet nutrition company, Purina is passionate about animals. Purina partners with the Petfinder Foundation to “promote animal welfare education, awareness, and advocacy.” Petfinder is a resource or pet adoption, providing a platform for over 30 million pets to find homes. Not only is Purina interested in pet health, but overall pet wellbeing. Working with organizations like Petfinder allows Nestle Purina to look out for pets in all aspects, from getting them the best nutrition to finding them the perfect home.

Nestle Purina

1 Checkerboard Sq
St. Louis, MO 63164
Phone: (800) 772-7462

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Private
CEO: Nina Leigh Kruegar

Major Office Locations

St. Louis, MO

Major Departments & Practices

Communications & Public Relations
Creative and Advertising
Engineering & Packaging
Finance Accounting and Audit
Human Resources
Manufacturing and Operations
Marketing and Brand Management
Order Revenue Management
Quality Assurance and Risk Management
Research & Product Development
Sales, Supply Chain & Procurement
Veterinary Sciences