Who owns the dog food company Blue Buffalo?

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Blue Buffalo. They seem to present themselves as a small, almost organic company. Are they independently owned or part of a large pet food company? I guess at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter if the product is good, but I am curious.

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Sue
Back in 2007 during the first massive pet food recall, I switched all of my pets food to Blue Buffalo because they claimed to be “holistic” and all of their ingredients to be “human grade”. My dog had endless bouts of diarrhea while eating the BB so I had to switch again. I tried multiple formulas of their dry and canned foods and he had trouble with all of them. The company has had many, many recalls since and they have too many manufacturers making their products. I think it’s too many to keep tract of so quality control begins to slide. It has also led them to be victims of at least one dishonest company that switched out the more expensive ingredients in their recipe to cheaper, less healthy ones. After switching pet foods for my dog and cats several times, I gave up and started making my own homemade diets for all of them. I’ve been doing it for almost 6 years now and I don’t regret it. They are all healthier then ever with high energy, glossy coats, bright eyes and great checkups at the vet. The only reason I set foot in a pet store now is to buy kitty litter. I know there are still some good companies out there but things change so frequently it’s difficult to keep up with. Also, many of the best ones eventually sell out to huge conglomerates. And if you believe these people when they say, “don’t worry, the formulas won’t be changed under the new ownership”, think again. I remember when Iams used to be a very good and respected pet food. After P&G bought them out in the 1990’s, all the recipes were changed, using cheap filler ingredients. My Siamese suffered terrible digestive problems that took many months and vet visits to fix.
KimLS
KimLS
Make your own dog and cat food, cooked or raw. Benefits: much less shedding, silkier softer fur, no body odor, much less poop (because the body will absorb the food, unlike its inability to absorb all dry food, which goes to waste, literally), reduced risk of skin problems. Much more energy, stronger immune system, to name some benefits!
kim Alamandy
kim Alamandy
How do you make you own dog food, how do you figure out what to feed, where to source the ingredients and what to use (protein, veg, fat etc)
Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt
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Ray Naterlin
Ray Naterlin
sounds like its a company that went Bad bad real fast after getting big and going public..we had heard it was family owned by a vet and that like the bag says…. healthy and holistic… what a load of crap… soo many people complaining about sick animals… come on … how hard can it be to make good dry dog food thats healthy when your charging 50 dollars a bag?… more crooks… such greedy irresponsible losers in this day and age…hope they go broke.
Sue
I think the question that people are wondering is – are the independently owned or were they bought out by a corporation like Mars or P&G.
They are still independent.
Margo
Margo
Blue buffalo has had numerous recalls and is too high in protein.. too much protein affects the kidneys
tgchi13
tgchi13
I agree, it doesn’t matter so long as the quality is good, but I look at recalls to determine much of that at Blue Buffalo has had more than its share.
Jim
First of all Blue Buffalo is not a privately held company, it went public July 22, 2015. I own stock so I am quite sure it is a public company. Honest mistake if you don’t follow the stock market or the landscape of pet food companies, both of which I do.

Second I don’t believe for a minute that Blue admitted in the Purina suit that they used poultry by-products, including feathers. I wish that people had to provide proof of where their information comes from when they spout BS like that, but instead they just spew bad info so others continue the cycle of misinformation.

Cara
Cara
If you Google the lawsuit you’ll find their official statement admitting they included byproduct due to a labeling mishap from a supplier. I’m not on a laptop so it’s not convenient for me to link you, but it was in the first page of search results, and was in multiple search results.
pauline
pauline
This is a one time deal. The mustache was made by the supplier witch mislabled the products. It wasn’t a practice. It was ingerdiants coming from the supplier.
Allison Miruzzi
Allison Miruzzi
Blue Buffalo was sued back in 2015 for false advertising by Purina. During the suit it came out their food had byproducts including feathers. I used to buy Blue Buffalo but am now switching. I am looking at Orijen and Fresh Pet, but will have to do some serious research…you can’t trust what is on the label. This is shameful as a dog owner I feel so misled and abused.
Bill
Bill
Blue Buffalo is currently still a privately owned company. It was rumored that they were considering going public with an IPO, but it hasn’t happened yet. So to answer your question specifically, they are not owned by a larger pet food company.
Sarah
Sarah
This company IS a public company. Here is a link to one of it’s quarterly results news releases.
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