125: Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. |

The mighty Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. had its humble beginnings 125 years ago when the Robinson-Danforth Commission Co. horse feed was its business, until four years later it also sold a cracked wheat cereal called Ralston Whole-Wheat Cereal.

A name change – the first of several – and a catchy red and white checkerboard logo came in 1902, and the 1904 World’s Fair made their products known across America.

After numerous acquisitions and mergers, Purina has been owned by the Swiss company Nestlé SA since 2001. Purina PetCare, headquartered in St. Louis, makes dog food, cat food, and cat litter. You can visit Purina Farms at Gray Summit for dog shows, wagon rides, and animal shows.

The celebrations began in January with the unveiling of the Danforth Diaries. The founder William H. Danforth kept a number of personal journals and diaries from 1908 until shortly before his death in 1955. The diaries were donated to the company by the Danforth family last year and are now on display in the lobby of St. Louis headquarters.

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