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What do you think of Purina One Dog and Cat Food or even Purina ProPlan?

I am opening a small pet supply store by May 1st. I have been a dealer in aquarium fish and pond fish supplies, equipment and livestock for several years. Basically 75% of my 1,400 sf basement is my warehouse and one of my bedrooms is my office. To satisfy one vendor I really need, I have to have a brick and mortar store. To support a brick and mortar store, I'm going to need dog and cat food. One wholesaler who sells brands like Earthborn Holistic and Nature's Variety for example recently got the right to distribute Purina in my area. To make room for Purina, they dropped two other brands I want, Triumph and Diamond. Diamond makes things like Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul and Taste of the Wild. I need to go to another vendor for that, but the big vendor with the big Purina account says "don't reinvent the wheel" Purina One is doing fantastic for them. So is ProPlan. I don't have the money to stock more than 6 brands when I start. One is going to be Earthborn Holistic, because that's what my cat eats. In this area, Triumph has a huge following because up until a short time ago, it was made right here. The headquarters was in my town. They sold out, moved away, but that probably didn't even mean 10 jobs lost. They were already outsourcing a lot of the food. Because they were a part of the community for 70-80 years, the following is unbelievable, even though they left like 3 years ago. That means this big wholesaler will have 3 out of my 6 initial brands. They know I will always have room for Triumph for the foreseeable future. They know that's something they can't change. They think I should sell Nature's Variety for them and something called Dave's. That gives them 5 out of 6. I never even heard of Dave's. Have you? http://www.davespetfood.com/ Thanks for your input.

Asked By: - 3/25/2012
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I work at a pet store and honestly purina is CRAP! We sell it on very rare occasion but the people who generally buy that are the people who quickly grab food at the grocery store. I would keep diamond. Taste of the wild easily has to be one of the most popular foods we sell... More
Answered By: Erica - 3/25/2012
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I don't use Purina's cat food, it has corn (which cats can't digest) and by-products (inferior protein sources) listed in the first 5 ingredients. It's considered a lower end food when compared to others. Basically any food you see in the grocery stores or WalMart for cat food is all low end stuff... More
Answered By: Elaine M - 3/25/2012
 
We don't have a problem w/ Purina....we feed it to our 6 Maltese. They are fine w/it.
Answered By: Jeanne - 3/25/2012
 
Don't sell anything that is commonly available in your area, certainly nothing that sells in grocery stores or at the big box pet stores. You're a boutique; sell boutique dog food, including the raw stuff that comes refrigerated and frozen.
Answered By: Jenny Manyteeth - 3/25/2012
 
I think you need to evaluate your market. Stocking Purina is going to bring in a very different type of customer than stocking brands like Earthborn... More
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