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Company Overview of Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

Company Overview

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company engages in the manufacture and distribution of nutrition, health, and food products for cats and dogs worldwide. It offers dry dog food, wet dog food, dog treats, dog snacks, dog litter, dog training pads, wet cat food, dry cat food, cat treats, and cat litter. The company was formerly known as Ralston Purina Company. As a result of its acquisition by Nestlé S.A., Ralston Purina Company's name was changed. The company was founded in 1894 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri. As of December 12, 2001, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company operates as a subsidiary of Nestlé Holdings, Inc.

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St. Louis, MO 63164

United States

Founded in 1894





Key Executives for Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 66
Age: 87
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 70
President - Golden Products Division and executive officer
Age: 62
President of Nestle Purina PetCare-Latin America & Caribbean
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company Key Developments

A Group of Consumers, Waggin' Train, LLC and Nestle Purina PetCare Company Reach Nationwide Class Settlement

A nationwide class settlement was reached on May 30, 2014 between a group of consumers and Waggin' Train, LLC and Nestle Purina PetCare Company. If given Court approval, the agreement would resolve disputed claims related to Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats made in China. The settlement creates a settlement fund of $6,500,000, and establishes procedures that would permit consumers to submit claims for monetary relief. The agreement also requires Nestle Purina to undertake enhanced quality assurance measures and modify certain language on its packaging. This agreement is subject to the approval of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and a final fairness hearing to be scheduled by the Court. Consumers will be given notice of the settlement, and the date of the final hearing, after the Court approves the notice plan proposed by the parties. Nestle Purina PetCare Company and Waggin' Train, LLC, are represented by Hogan Lovells US LLP and Novack and Macey LLP.

Blue Buffalo Co. Announces Offensive against Nestle Purina PetCare on False Advertising and Unfair Competition

Blue Buffalo Co. went on the offensive on May 14, 2014 against Nestle Purina PetCare, accusing the company of false advertising and unfair competition. Blue Buffalo filed a federal lawsuit claiming Nestlé Purina has been making false statements about Blue Buffalo's pet food. The ongoing strife between the two companies started last week when Purina filed a lawsuit accusing Blue Buffalo of lying to customers about its use of natural ingredients. Purina says Blue Buffalo is using chicken byproducts and corn in its pet food, despite claims to the contrary. Blue Buffalo maintains that it does not use those ingredients.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Dismisses Lawsuit Alleging Purina Products Caused Dog's Illness

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri dismisses a lawsuit relating to the marketing and sale of dog food products, the court concluded the complaint did not plausibly plead the manufacturer made an actionable misrepresentation or the products at issue caused the consumer's dog to become ill. Cyrus Miller alleged that soon after he began feeding Beneful Healthy Weight dog food to his dog, the dog became incontinent and lethargic. The dog's veterinarian diagnosed her with severe bladder stones. Miller sued Nestle Purina Petcare Co. (Purina) for violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA). The complaint alleged Purina falsely marketed its Beneful line of products as healthy and nutritious. The complaint also alleged Purina engaged in unlawful practices by selling products that caused illness and/or death in a significant number of dogs. Purina moved to dismiss for failure to state a claim and plead fraud with particularity. The district court found Miller did not sufficiently allege that feeding his dog Beneful Healthy Weight dog food caused his dog's lethargy, incontinence and bladder stones. There was no allegation in the complaint that the veterinarian linked the dog's symptoms or the diagnosis of bladder stones to the type of food the dog ate. The district court observed that parasites, infection or any number of other factors could have caused the dog's illness. Merely alleging that the dog's health improved after Miller began feeding her non-Beneful medicated food was not enough to state a viable claim. Miller failed to plead Purina misrepresented the quality of Beneful dog food products with the requisite specificity. The district court reasoned the complaint did not detail what misrepresentations were made, where and when they were made and how they were communicated to Miller.

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