Purina is owned by Cargill, Inc. who proudly offers the Purina brand of livestock feeds through its licensed subsidiaries outside the United States, in locations around the world.
Today, Purina is one of the highest equity brands in Cargill’s brand portfolio. Produced and sold on three continents in 13 countries, Purina products are available through an extensive Purina dealer distribution network covering nearly 40,000 points of sales worldwide. Each day more than two million livestock and hobby farmers enjoy the benefits of using Purina feed.
As the global leader in providing the highest quality animal feeds, we use the most professional distribution network to deliver innovative solutions through animal nutrition products, programs, and services.
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The Purina name began as a company brand which offered livestock nutrition and has evolved into a world class brand representing the importance of strong relationships and trust. The strength of this brand and what it stands for helped the former RPC become the world’s largest manufacturer of balanced feeds for different animals. Another key contributor to company growth was use of scientific research to improve feed rations and farms throughout North America, South America and other countries of Europe and Asia.
Currently, Purina brand is supported by research laboratories across its geographic service area and research programs are continuously being developed, in collaboration with other institutions. This research is about preparing products and feed plans to help livestock producers achieve more abundant outputs and to improve efficiency and profitability as well as helping its dealers achieve business success.
“Our most valuable possessions are those which can be shared without lessening those which when shared, multiply.”
The proud legacy of the Purina brand is clearly the result of the strong leadership of William H. Danforth whose influence lives on through his creed of Four-Fold Development and philosophies from his book I Dare You. This brand legacy continues today as Cargill employees continue to live up to this philosophy.
The Purina brand has earned the reputation of honoring partnerships built through relationships with employees, dealers, producers, customers and academia. These relationships comprise the Purina Difference, which in turn has evolved into the brand promise of “Partnerships for Extraordinary Success.”
Until 1986, Purina pet food and animal feed divisions both were owned by Ralston Purina Company (RPC). In 1986, Ralston Purina sold its United States affiliate. Since that time, this business unit has gone through further changes in ownership. The international side of the feed business, Ralston Purina International (RPI), remained part of RPC. In 1998, RPI spun off of Ralston Purina to become an independent publicly held company listed on the NYSE under ‘AGX’. The new company was called Agribrands International, Inc., but Purina remained the feed brand in the areas of Agribrands operations. In 2001, Agribrands International agreed to acquisition by Cargill, Inc., which continued the Purina brand. That same year, RPC sold its pet food division to Nestlé S. A., the largest food and beverage company in the world. Purina became a pet food brand of Nestlé.