Fromm is a well-known pet food brand that has been in operation since 1949, when they released Fromm Complete Dog Meal.
Fromm products are produced in company-owned facilities in various facilities in Wisconsin, including Mequon, Columbus, and Germantown.
Unlike some other brands, Fromm does not provide any specific details about the source of its ingredients other than that they are sourced from the United States.
Fromm is one of a select number of brands to pull their products from the popular online pet food store Chewy.
They did this after Chewy was purchased by PetSmart, along with other brands like Orijen and Acana. However, since then, Orijen and Acana have both returned to Chewy, but Fromm has not.
Due to this, Fromm is more difficult to purchase online than other brands but is still available from online pet food websites like Petflow.
However, Fromm is sold at thousands of retail pet food stores across the United States and Canada. You can use their Store Locator Tool to find a store near you.
Fromm Product Range
Fromm has an extremely large range of dog food products available, including a balanced mix of dry dog food recipes and wet/canned dog food recipes.
While dry dog food has been a staple of Fromm for decades, their wet/canned recipes were only introduced in 2016.
This mix of dry and wet dog food includes many specialty recipes such as those for puppies, large breed puppies, large breed dogs, senior dogs, and those looking to achieve weight loss or weight management.
However, at this time, Fromm does not produce any of the niche varieties of dog food, such as fresh dog food or freeze-dried/air-dried dog food.
Fromm’s cat food range isn’t as large as its dog food range, but its size is still significant thanks to expansion over the last decade, and it now has almost forty recipes.
The range includes the same mix of dry cat food and wet/canned cat food that the dog food range has.
However, there are fewer niche recipes in the cat food range, but there are still some notable inclusions, including a recipe for kittens, senior cats, weight management, and indoor cats.
Given the huge size of Fromm’s product range, it will come as no surprise that the nutrition their recipes can provide varies.
However, on average, Fromm recipes provide nutrition that is average to above average when compared to other similar brands.
While the recipes provide above-average proportions of protein and fat, they do not provide them in as large a proportion as some of their competitors.
Below is an example of the nutrition provided by a Fromm recipe.
As you can see, the sum of protein and fat is 60% of the recipe’s nutritional content, which is substantial, but the carbohydrate proportion is still 40%.
However, while on the topic of nutrition, we also want to point out that Fromm provides Typical Analysis information for their recipes on their website, in addition to Guaranteed Analysis.
While a Guaranteed Analysis is a legal requirement, a Typical Analysis is supposed to be a more realistic indication of the recipe’s nutrition rather than the minimum or maximum values.
You can see an example of one below from Fromm’s Salmon A La Veg recipe.
As you can see, this includes the typical levels of common nutrients like protein, fat, moisture, and fiber, but also some important minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and others.
Providing a Typical Analysis is far more transparent than most dog food brands which do not typically include this information.
Look out for the Typical Analysis link on Fromm’s website under More Information, which is typically adjacent to their Guaranteed Analysis.
If you’d like to learn more about canine nutrition, we’d recommend you read our Dog Food Guide for a detailed discussion and overview.
The nutrition provided by Fromm cat food recipes is similar to their dog food range.
Typically, their recipes provide average to above-average proportions of protein and fat but a considerable proportion of carbohydrates.
You can see an example of the nutrition provided by a Fromm cat food recipe below.
As you can see, the sum of protein and fat in this recipe is 65% which is substantial, but the carbohydrate proportion is still notable at 35%.
Cats are distinctly different from dogs in that they are obligate carnivores and do not require a large quantity of plant-based material in their diet.
Similar to their dog food recipes, Fromm provides Typical Analysis information for their cat food recipes on their website, and we’d recommend you investigate these when considering a recipe.
You can read more about what it means to be an obligate carnivore and an overview of feline nutrition in our Cat Food Guide.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Due to its extremely large product range, Fromm utilizes a massive range of high-quality meat and fish ingredients, some of which are listed above.
This list includes favorites of the industry, like Chicken, Beef, and Salmon. These ingredients are so widespread as they are relatively inexpensive and can provide fantastic nutrition.
However, Fromm also includes some less common ingredients, such as Venison and Game Bird.
These ingredients often come at a higher cost and are sometimes used in recipes for dogs with allergies or sensitivities. You can read more about these topics in the articles below.
Best Hypoallergenic Dog Foods Guide
Other Notable Ingredients
Fromm uses several legume ingredients in some of its recipes, especially grain-free recipes. Some examples of these legumes include Peas and Lentils.
Legumes are a very common plant-based ingredient in dog food and are used extensively as they are relatively cheap and can provide favorable nutrition, high in plant-based protein.
However, there are growing concerns about a link between a high intake of legumes and an increased rate of canine heart disease, which has put off some dog owners from their use.
You can read more about this link in our articles Best Dog Foods Without Peas & Peas, Pea Protein, Pea Flour, and Pea Fiber in Dog Food.
Oats, Barley, Brown Rice, and Millet are just some of the grain ingredients found in Fromm recipes.
While many brands have recently expanded their ranges to include grain-inclusive recipes, Fromm has been producing them for decades and has had no need to follow the latest trends.
However, despite a recent bump in their use, some still consider grains to be a controversial addition to dog food recipes and dislike their use.
However, other dog owners, especially those who feed some of the major brands like Purina Pro Plan and Royal Canin, strongly support their use.
The grain ingredients that Fromm uses are considered by many to be superior grains and preferred to others such as Corn, Wheat, or processed grain ingredients.
This is due to them being considered less processed and containing additional nutrition beyond their carbohydrate content.
You can read more about some of these grain ingredients in the below articles.
Chicken Fat is found in several Fromm recipes and is a regular addition throughout the industry.
Chicken Fat is able to serve two purposes in pet food recipes; firstly, it can boost the levels of animal-based fat.
But secondly, it is an extremely effective way to improve the flavor and palatability of pet food recipes to make them more appealing and enjoyable.
This is an important trait that many forget when reviewing pet food brands and formulas.
Chicken Fat is chosen for this task over alternatives as it is relatively easy to source at scale and is cost-effective.
Learn more about Chicken Fat in our article Chicken Fat In Dog Food.
Menhaden Fish Meal features sparingly in Fromm recipes as a minor fish-based ingredient but is one that is also popular with several other brands.
Menhaden Fish are small oily fish that are harvested for their fish oil, but the remaining fish meal is then retained and sold to pet food manufacturers as a dense source of animal-based protein and fat.
Ingredients like Menhaden Fish Meal are much preferred to plant-based alternatives when brands are looking to boost protein levels without including more expensive ingredients.
Read more about this ingredient in our article Menhaden Fish Meal in Dog Food.
Fromm makes extensive use of Tomato Pomace in their recipes as a minor plant-based ingredient.
Tomato Pomace is a by-product of Tomato processing and is highly popular in the pet food industry as a reliable source of soluble fiber.
It is added to recipes in small quantities to boost the overall fiber levels in the recipe and ensure dogs and cats have consistent digestion and stools.
You can learn more about Tomato Pomace in our article Tomato Pomace as a Pet Food Ingredient?.
Beet Pulp is also featured in select Fromm recipes but is not nearly as common as Tomato Pomace.
However, Beet Pulp is an extremely similar ingredient and is a by-product of the sugar beet industry.
It is also a dense source of soluble fiber and has the advantage of not containing significant other nutrition, which makes it ideal when you want to target adding fiber.
Read more about this ingredient in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.
Egg Product sees consistent use in dog food and cat food by select brands, including Fromm. In short, Egg Product is the minor quantities of egg extracted from eggshells after they are processed.
This heavily processed product is a way to extract additional nutrition from Eggs and is similar to the nutrition provided by Eggs themselves, except far cheaper.
You can read more about how Egg Product is made and why some are concerned about their use in our article Egg Product In Pet Food.
Flaxseed is probably the most common minor plant-based ingredient added to pet food recipes and is also well-known for human consumption.
Its fame is typically from it being an excellent plant-based source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which are known to provide pets with several health benefits, such as an improvement to the condition of their skin, coat, and fur.
However, Flaxseed can provide some additional benefits that are less well-known. You can learn more about these in our article Flaxseed in Dog Food.
Alfalfa Meal is another minor ingredient that sees use across the industry. Most Alfalfa is used as feed for livestock, but small quantities are added to pet food recipes for their supposed health benefits.
However, these health benefits are far from conclusive and many doubt whether Alfalfa has a meaningful effect.
Read more about this ingredient in our article Alfalfa In Dog Food.
Fromm’s wet pet food recipes utilize two unique ingredients in tiny quantities: Xanthan Gum and Agar-Agar.
These strange-sounding ingredients are included in wet pet food recipes as binding agents, which means they are used to hold the ingredients of the recipe together in a consistent texture and format.
However, outside of this binding property, they do not provide any notable nutrition to the recipe.
You can learn more about these two ingredients in our articles –
Fromm Animal Testing
At this time, we have no specific information on what type of animal testing that Fromm participates in, if any.
However, despite this minimal information, we do not believe that they perform testing on animals, based on a statement on PETA’s website.
Many smaller pet food brands limit the information available don’t their testing or trials as they fear customer backlash.
However, the flip side of this is that some are concerned that many pet foods are not sufficiently tested or do not undergo feeding trials.
We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory-style testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will be eliminated.
Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), we believe that Fromm has had recalls in the past and is, therefore, not a recall-free pet food brand.
March 2016 – Inadequate Levels of Vitamins
In March 2016, Fromm issued its first-ever recall due to inadequate levels of vitamins in some of its canned dog food recipes.
Vitamins are an important component of dog food and are required to ensure dogs remain healthy and do not develop any deficiencies.
While this minor lapse in production and quality standards is disappointing, an inappropriate balance of vitamins is a less severe recall cause than others, such as the presence of Salmonella or Mold.
This is as a short-term reduction in the required levels of vitamins is unlikely to have a major effect.
You can see the specific canned dog food recipes included in this recall below.
- Chicken Pate, Code #11893
- Chicken & Duck, Code #11895
- Salmon & Chicken Pate, Code #11891
Regardless of their past recall record, we hope that Fromm can improve its safety and quality processes to have a recall-free record going forward, as they have had since the recall in 2016.
Nevertheless, we encourage all pet owners to be vigilant of any future recalls of Fromm or any pet food brand to ensure their pets remain healthy and safe.
Best of Fromm
Beef Frittata Veg Recipe Review
Beef Frittata Veg is one of Fromm’s best-known dry dog food recipes and is one of their premium choices.
The recipe utilizes a large portion of Beef as its primary ingredient, which provides a large supply of high-quality animal-based protein and fat.
This Beef is complemented by smaller portions of Pork which is an unusual addition to dog food. In total, the recipe contains a minimum of 30% protein and 18% fat.
On the plant-based side, this recipe is grain-free and utilizes a mix of legume ingredients like Lentils and Peas, along with starches like Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes.
These ingredients provide a moderate proportion of carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
This fiber is also supplemented by a portion of Tomato Pomace along with other minor plant-based ingredients like Flaxseed, Carrots, Apples, and more.
Shredded Pork In Gravy Review
As we touched on above, Pork is an unusual addition to dog food recipes, with many brands not utilizing it in any of their recipes.
However, this isn’t the case for Fromm, and we thought we’d highlight this with their Shredded Pork In Gravy recipe.
As the name gives away, the recipe uses a large portion of shredded Pork as its primary ingredient, which helps provide it with a minimum of 7% protein and 3.5% fat.
However, there are several vegetables also present, including Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, Peas, Pinto Beans, Kidney Beans, and White Beans.
This wide range of plant-based ingredients will give the recipe a unique taste and texture but doesn’t provide an overly large portion of carbohydrates.
Salmon A La Veg Recipe Review
Salmon-based recipes are often some of the best available for cats, and Fromm’s offering in the form of Salmon A La Veg is an excellent choice.
A large portion of Salmon and Salmon Meal are the bulk of the recipe’s content and provide a plentiful supply of fish-based protein and fat.
Salmon is particularly high in the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which could have several beneficial health benefits for cats.
The recipe also includes a smaller portion of Whitefish and Herring which are other common addition to cat food recipes.
These fish ingredients combine to provide a minimum of 32% protein and 15% fat.
Outside of this large range of fish ingredients, the recipe utilizes a mix of White Rice, Peas, Potatoes, and Sweet Potatoes to provide a moderate proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.
Chicken Pate Review
While a chicken-based wet cat food recipe might seem dull, it is a safe bet and a perfect choice for cats who do not cope well with more varied diets.
This Chicken Pate recipe from Fromm makes use of a mix of Chicken and Chicken Liver as its primary ingredients.
Chicken Liver is an excellent addition and can greatly improve the flavor and palatability along with providing several beneficial minerals.
This combination of Chicken and Chicken Liver helps to provide a minimum of 11% protein and 5% fat.
Thankfully the quantity of plant-based ingredients present is minor, and there is but just a tiny portion of Chickpeas and Broccoli which provide an insignificant portion of carbohydrates and fiber.
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Fromm Full Products Range
Dry Dog Food
Beef Frittata Veg
Chicken À La Veg
Chicken Au Frommage
Duck A La Veg
Duck And Sweet Potato
Gold Coast Weight Management
Heartland Adult Gold
Heartland Gold Large Breed Adult
Heartland Gold Large Breed Puppy
Heartland Puppy Gold
Highlander Beef, Oats, N’ Barley Recipe
Lamb and Lentil
Large Breed Adult Gold
Large Breed Puppy Gold
Large Breed Weight Management
Pork and Peas
Reduced Activity & Senior Gold
Small Breed Adult Gold
Surf and Turf
Wet Dog Food
Beef & Barley Pate
Beef & Sweet Potato Pate
Beef, Chicken & Oats Pate
Beef, Vegetable, & Rice Stew
Chicken & Duck Pate
Chicken & Rice Pate
Chicken & Sweet Potato Pate
Chicken, Salmon & Oats Pate
Chicken, Vegetable, & Rice Stew
Duck A La Veg Pate
Game Bird Pate
Lamb & Sweet Potato Pate
Lamb, Vegetable & Rice Stew
Pork & Brown Rice Pate
Pork, Vegetable & Rice Stew
Salmon & Brown Rice Pate
Salmon & Chicken Pate
Seafood Medley Pate
Shredded Beef In Gravy Entree
Shredded Chicken In Gravy Entree
Shredded Pork In Gravy Entree
Shredded Turkey In Gravy Entree
Surf & Turf Pate
Turkey & Pumpkin Pate
Turkey, Duck & Sweet Potato Pate
Turkey, Vegetable & Rice Stew
Venison & Beef Pate
Venison & Lentil Pate
Whitefish & Lentil Pate
Dry Cat Food
Beef Livattini Veg
Chicken A La Veg
Chicken Au Frommage
Duck A La Veg
Game Bird Recipe
Hasen Duckenpfeffer Recipe
Salmon A La Veg
Surf & Turf Recipe
Wet Cat Food
Beef & Venison Pate
Chicken & Duck Pate
Chicken & Salmon Pate
Chicken, Duck & Salmon Pate
Duck A La Veg
Salmon & Tuna Pate
Seafood & Shrimp Pate
Turkey & Duck Pate
Turkey & Pumpkin Pate
Which blend of Fromm kibble has no chicken and no peas or legumes ?