A recent WAFB of Louisiana news story outlined dog food manufacturing for consumers, mentioning that multiple parties are involved, including highly trained scientists, nutritionists, veterinarians and taste tasters, and the process can take years to complete from concept to consumer.

It all starts with a concept, and then research, including formula development, product and process development, analysis, palatability testing and digestibility testing. Nutritional testing also must be conducted to meet Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) regulations for petfood in the US.