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Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 6 years ago

The Old Iams vs the New Iams?

I heard Iams used to be one of the top foods out there and then was bought out by another company or something along those lines. When that happened, what in the formula changed? What is different about the Iams we have now versus the Iams we had years ago?

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  • 6 years ago
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    The Iams Co was sold to Procter & Gamble (maker of Tide detergent & Crest toothpaste, etc. etc.) in 1999.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iams

    http://www.nytimes.com/1999/08/12/business/procter...

    P&G is, or has been in talks with Del Monte to sell the Iams division to them as of Oct 2013.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-23/p-g-seen-...

    Under pressure to shake up P&G’s results, chief executive A.G. Lafley has signaled he might sell or spin off underperforming business units. Analysts increasingly are intrigued with the prospect of the Cincinnati-based consumer products giant getting out of the pet food business.

    “Iams just doesn’t fit their core business,” said Leon Loewenstine, managing director at Riverpoint Capital Management. “And Lafley’s under pressure to take bolder action to grow sales.” Pet food recalls have not helped their business grow.

    I really could not speak to what their food used to contain vs what it contains now. Much of Iams & Eukanuba (then & now) have corn in them - which I have not fed in YEARS. They USED to contain BHT, BHA, etc. type preservatives before market pressure made most dogs foods switch to Vit E & C & rosemary, etc.

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  • 6 years ago

    I have no positive proof, but it appears to be the same with Eukanuba which I reared, successfully, all my UK-bred Basset litters on and which these days, appears to get a bad press. I've not bred for years now, so haven't used it recently. Could be the change of ownership means standards have dropped.

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