About Us

Better for Pets. Better for People. Better for Business.

American Nutrition is a custom manufacturer of consumables with the formulation expertise, marketplace intelligence and turnkey production capabilities to serve leading retailers and pet food brand owners looking for best-in-class products, facilities and support.

As a pioneer in high-quality pet food and a family-owned company, American Nutrition has long believed in “doing it better.” This straightforward philosophy has been at the heart of everything we’ve done since Jack Behnken founded American Nutrition in 1972. Today, we continue to focus on innovative, nutritious and delicious products that surpass even the strictest AAFCO and FDA requirements, offering clients everything from advanced nutritional science and exceptional production to branding and distribution.

Innovative Pet Food Formulations

We understand that constant creativity in formulations, shapes, ingredients, textures and tastes are all essential to your long-term brand health, so we’ve made it an essential element of how we do business. Whether it’s grain-free, breed specific, chewy-centered, kibble with inclusions or something completely new and novel, American Nutrition’s active and engaged R&D team can help you:

  • Capture trend opportunities
  • Solve product challenges
  • Realize blue-sky concepts


Quality Pet Food You Can Trust

American Nutrition is dedicated to exceptional quality and product safety. Because choice ingredients ensure brand owners and retailers can deliver on their brand promises, we monitor ingredient quality at our vendors’ operations, and upon delivery to our factories. We also:

  • Routinely perform personal, on-site audits of ingredient providers
  • Hold all products until final micro testing is complete
  • Retain the burden of final product QA, so you never handle product that doesn’t pass our rigorous standards

Additionally, as the pet food industry standards get closer to human food industry standards, only the most stringent of manufacturers will be able to meet coming regulations. American Nutrition already complies with regulatory standards imposed by the Food Safety Modernization Act, which means product runs won’t be interrupted or delayed by changes to our facilities or production process.



Instant Infrastructure for Pet Food Brands

It’s about more than just manufacturing at American Nutrition. We’re dedicated to making the business of pet food consumables better for brands and retailers. That’s why we offer a suite of critical services that creates instant infrastructure for clients in need of additional support including:

  • Packaging and branding
  • Collateral design and production
  • Trucking, warehousing and more through our sister logistics company

With three world-class, SQF level 3 production facilities, American Nutrition is strategically located to serve both domestic and international customers worldwide.

Let’s talk about how we can meet your pet food manufacturing needs from concept to distribution and everything in between. Contact American Nutrition today. 

"Our excellent reputation is built on the focus we place on quality in everything we do."

Bill Behnken, President & CEO