Fromm Dog Food Overview, Review and Recalls

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Fromm Dog Food Overview

“The Company,” as it was originally named, has been privately owned and operated by the Fromm and Nieman families since 1904. Both families have been related by marriage and business since the mid-1800s. When “The Company” was formed, its mission was to breed silver foxes, and cultivate and harvest ginseng.

In the 1930s they introduced the first canine and feline distemper vaccines, and during the 1940s innovated the first dry kibble form of pet food.

In 1948, “Federal Foods Inc.,” was formed by biochemist Dr. Willard Roberts, Loyal Wells, and Fromm Bros. Nieman Company with Edwin J. Nieman Sr., as its majority owner. Federal Foods sold its first product in 1949, which was a bag of “Fromm Complete Dog Meal.”

In 1995, Federal Foods Inc. was renamed “Fromm Family Foods” to reflect its fourth-generation ownership.

As of 2016, the company has been owned and in operation for 112 years, and is presently in its fifth-generation of ownership.

Where is Fromm manufactured?

  • All their dry pet foods and low-fat treats are manufactured at their two USDA-inspected facilities, located in Mequon and Columbus, Wisconsin.
  • Their grain-free treats are made in Wisconsin at a USDA-inspected partner plant.
  • Their canned recipes are made either at their family-owned and operated USDA-inspected cannery in Wisconsin, or at a USDA-inspected partner plant in South Dakota.
  • None of their ingredients are from China, however, some of the vitamins and minerals they use in their recipes are imported from Europe.

Fromm dog food products include:

Fromm manufactures three ‘dry’ dog food formulas and two ‘wet’ dog food formulas. The “Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals®” line also produces numerous treat recipes available in both low-fat and grain-free varieties.

Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals®” Dry Formula

Some of the Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals® recipes are grain free, but not all of them. All the recipes contain real meat, or fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and as an added bonus, Wisconsin cheese. All of the Fromm Four-Star  Nutritionals® line is formulated for dogs of all life stages.

Fromm Gold Nutritionals®” Dry Formula

The Fromm Gold Nutritionals® line is formulated with multiple protein sources and are life-stage specific. There are different recipes for puppies, small breed adults, and dogs who are in need of weight loss management.

Fromm Classic Nutritionals®” Dry Formula

The Fromm Classic Nutritionals® line is primarily formulated with chicken. The recipes are designed for adult dogs, senior dogs, and dogs in need of weight loss management.

Some of the “Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals®” Dry Recipes

Beef Fritta Veg Recipe

‘Grain Free’

Formulated for dogs of all life stages.

  • The primary ingredients are beef, peas, dried whole egg, potatoes, pea protein, pork meat meal, beef liver, sweet potatoes, dried tomato pomace, salmon oil, flaxseed, cheese, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, green beans.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 30 % Moisture Max. 10 %
Crude Fat Min. 18 % Omega 3 Fatty Acids Min. 0.5 %
Crude Fiber Max. 3.5 % Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2.5 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 4041 kcal/kg; 1837 kcal/lb.; 408 kcal/cup

Lamb & Lentil Recipe

Grain Free

Formulated for dogs of all life stages.

  • The primary ingredients are lamb, lamb meal, lentils, chickpeas, dried whole egg, peas, dried tomato pomace, pork fat, pea flour, pork liver, salmon oil, cheese, olive oil, yellow squash, zucchini, apples, flaxseed, pea fiber, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 29 % Moisture Max. 10 %
Crude Fat Min. 18 % Omega 3 Fatty Acids Min. 0.5 %
Crude Fiber Max. 4.5 % Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2.5 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 3920 kcal/kg; 1782kcal/lb.; 408 kcal/cup

Duck and Sweet Potato Recipe

Formulated for dogs of all life stages.

  • The primary ingredients are duck, duck meal, pearled barley, sweet potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, white rice, dried whole egg, millet, dried tomato pomace, safflower, cheese, flaxseed. carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, green beans.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 24 % Moisture Max. 10 %
Crude Fat Min. 15 % Omega 3 Fatty Acids Min. 0.5 %
Crude Fiber Max. 3.5 % Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2.6 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 3911 kcal/kg; 1,78 kcal/lb.; 395 kcal/cup

Some of the “Fromm Gold Nutritionals®” Dry Recipes

Large Breed Adult Gold Recipe

Formulated for breeds with adult weights exceeding 50 pounds.

  • The primary ingredients are duck, chicken meal, chicken, oatmeal, pearled barley, brown rice, white rice, dried tomato pomace, dried whole egg, menhaden fish meal, lamb, potatoes, chicken fat, cheese, salmon oil, flaxseed, brewers dried yeast, alfalfa meal, carrots, lettuce, celery.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 23 % Moisture Max. 10 %
Crude Fat Min. 12 % Omega 3 Fatty Acids Min. 0.4 %
Crude Fiber Max. 3.5 % Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2.1 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 3745 kcal/kg; 1702 kcal/lb.; 378 kcal/cup

Small Breed Adult Gold Recipe

Formulated for the metabolism of small breed dogs.

  • The primary ingredients are duck, chicken meal, chicken, oatmeal, pearled barley, brown rice, dried tomato pomace, chicken fat, dried whole egg, menhaden fish meal, lamb, potatoes, salmon oil, flaxseed, cheese, brewers dried yeast, alfalfa meal, carrots, lettuce, celery.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 26 % Moisture Max. 10 %
Crude Fat Min. 17 % Omega 3 Fatty Acids Mn. 0.5 %
Crude Fiber Max. 3.5 % Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2.6 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 3963 kcal/kg; 1801 kcal/lb.; 416 kcal/cup

Heartland Gold Large Breed Puppy Recipe

Grain Free

Formulated for puppies of breeds with adult weights greater than 50 pounds.

  • The primary ingredients are beef, pork meat meal, peas, lentils, chickpeas, potatoes, dried tomato pomace, dried whole egg, pork liver, pork fat, salmon oil, flaxseed, lamb, cheese, sweet potatoes, brewers dried yeast, alfalfa meal, carrots, lettuce, celery.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Moisture
Crude Fat Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Crude Fiber Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Calorie content (calculated): ME 3817 kcal/kg; 1735 kcal/lb.; 389 kcal/cup

Heartland Gold Puppy Recipe

Grain Free

Formulated for puppies and pregnant, or nursing mothers.

  • The primary ingredients are beef, pork meat meal, peas, lentils, chickpeas, potatoes, dried whole egg, dried tomato pomace, pork fat, salmon oil, pork liver, pea flour, cheese, lamb, brewers dried yeast, alfalfa meal, potassium chloride, carrots, lettuce, celery.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 27 % Moisture Max. 10 %
Crude Fat Min. 18 % Omega 3 Fatty Acids Min. 0.6 %
Crude Fiber Max. 6.0 % Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2.6 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 3993 kcal/kg; 1815 kcal/lb.; 419 kcal/cup

Gold Coast Weight Management Recipe

Grain Free

Formulated for weight reduction, or weight maintenance.

  • The primary ingredients are whitefish, salmon meal, lentils, peas, chickpeas, potatoes, pea starch, dried tomato pomace, turkey liver, flaxseed, salmon, salmon oil, chicken fat.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 25 % Moisture Max. 10 %
Crude Fat Min. 10 % Omega 3 Fatty Acids Min. 0.4 %
Crude Fiber Max. 7.0 % Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2.4 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 3478 kcal/kg; 1581kcal/lb.; 341 kcal/cup

Reduced Activity & Senior Gold Recipe

Formulated for less active adult dogs and senior dogs.

  • The primary ingredients are duck, chicken meal, chicken, oatmeal, brown rice, pearled barley, menhaden fish meal, potatoes, millet, dried tomato pomace, lamb, white rice, dried whole egg, salmon oil, cheese, flaxseed, brewers dried yeast, alfalfa meal, carrots, lettuce, celery.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 23 % Moisture Max. 10 %
Crude Fat Min. 11 % Omega 3 Fatty Acids Min. 0.4 %
Crude Fiber Max. 3.5 % Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 3661kcal/kg; 1664kcal/lb.; 359 kcal/cup

Some of the Fromm Classic Nutritionals®” Dry Recipes

Fromm Adult Recipe

Formulated for normally active adult dogs.

  • The primary ingredients are chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, pearled barley, oatmeal, white rice, chicken fat, menhaden fish meal, dried whole egg, beet pulp, cheese, flaxseed.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 23 % Moisture Max. 10 %
Crude Fat Min. 15 % Omega 3 Fatty Acids Min. 0.5 %
Crude Fiber Max. 4 % Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2.4 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 4168 kcal/kg; 1894 kcal/lb.; 404 kcal/cup

Fromm Mature Adult Recipe

Formulated for less active dogs, adult weight management, or senior dogs.

  • The primary ingredients are chicken, chicken meal, pearled barley, brown rice, white rice, oatmeal, beet pulp, chicken fat, menhaden fish meal, flaxseed, dried whole egg, cheese.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 21 % Moisture Max. 10 %
Crude Fat Min. 11 % Omega 3 Fatty Acids Min. 0.4 %
Crude Fiber Max. 3.5 % Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 3636 kcal/kg; 1653 kcal/lb.; 388 kcal/cup

Some of the Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals®” Wet Recipes

Shredded Beef in Gravy Entrée Recipe

Formulated for dogs of all life stages, including growth of large size dogs (70 pounds, or more as an adult).

  • The primary ingredients are beef broth, beef, potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, pinto beans, kidney beans, white beans, salmon oil, tomato paste.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein MIN. 7 % Crude Fiber MAX. 1.2 %
Crude Fat MIN. 2 % Moisture MAX. 82 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 861 kcal/kg; 292 kcal/cup

Shredded Pork in Gravy Entrée Recipe

Formulated for dogs of all life stages, including growth of large size dogs (70 pounds, or more as an adult).

  • The primary ingredients are pork broth, pork, potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, pinto beans, kidney beans, white beans, salmon oil, tomato paste.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 7 % Crude Fiber Max. 1.2 %
Crude Fat Min. 2 % Moisture Max. 82 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 908 kcal/kg; 309 kcal/cup

Some of the Fromm Gold Nutritionals®” Wet Recipes

Chicken Pâté

Formulated for dogs of all life stages, including growth of large size dogs (70 pounds, or more as an adult).

  • The primary ingredients are chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, potatoes, carrots, flaxseed, peas, tomato paste.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 9 % Crude Fiber Max. 1.2 %
Crude Fat Min. 6.5 % Moisture Max. 80 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 981 kcal/kg; 339 kcal/cup

Salmon & Chicken Pâté

Formulated for dogs of all life stages, including growth of large size dogs (70 pounds, or more as an adult).

  • The primary ingredients are salmon, chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, potatoes, carrots, flaxseed, peas, tomato paste.

Guaranteed Analysis: * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.

Crude Protein Min. 9 % Crude Fiber Max. 1.2 %
Crude Fat Min. 6.5 % Moisture Max. 80 %

Calorie content (calculated): ME 983 kcal/kg; 340 kcal/cup

Fromm Dog Food Recalls

On March 18, 2016, Fromm voluntarily recalled all lots of the following three “Fromm Gold Nutritionals®” canned dog food:

  • Fromm Gold Chicken Pate (12 ounce cans)
  • Fromm Gold Chicken & Duck
  • Fromm Gold Salmon & Chicken Pate

Fromm had discovered through its own analysis that the affected canned dog foods did not contain recommended levels of vitamins and minerals. The products may have also contained elevated levels of Vitamin D.

Fromm sent a statement out to customers on their mailing list advising them not to feed their dogs any of the recalled products. They said that if “dogs were fed exclusively these products for 60 days, the expected effect would be a reduction in appetite.”

Although there were no reported health problems, Fromm notified the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA),  and also invited distributors to share this event with consumers.

Summary

Fromm is a holistic plant-based dog food using a moderate amount of various species as its main sources of animal protein, allergen-free fruits and vegetables, and nutritious grains, therefore, making it highly recommended.

In 1983, Tom Nieman the president and owner of Fromm, inherited the company from his Grandmother Erna Fromm. Nieman obtained a chemical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was an understudy to the late Dr. Willard Robert, PH.D, who is recognized as the pioneer of dry pet food. Having a chemical engineer as head of the company, is a great advantage for the continued production of high quality food.

Fromm guarantees that none of their products are preserved with any artificial preservatives, or imported from China.

Considering that the family-owned company has been making pet food since 1949, and they had only one voluntary recall emphasizes the high standards of Fromm dog food.

Overall, Fromm dog food formulas appear to be a trustworthy and excellent choice to maintain optimum health of your canine friend.

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