Member’s Mark Information
Member’s Mark is the own brand of the large store – Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club is a membership-only store that can be best compared to Costco. It is owned by Walmart and was named after its founder Sam Walton.
Member’s Mark recipes are produced in the United States; however, it isn’t clear where they are produced or if a 3rd party manufacturer is used.
Many grocery store brands outsource their production to a 3rd party as it is not efficient to have a dedicated facility.
Given that Member’s Mark is the own brand of Sam’s Club, it is only available to purchase from Sam’s Club stores and Sam’s Club’s website. Member’s Mark is not available from the large pet food websites like Chewy, Petflow, or Amazon.
Member’s Mark Product Range
Member’s Mark’s dog food range is quite small and consists of a small range of dry dog food recipes and a single wet food recipe.
Within this range, there are both grain-inclusive and grain-free recipes. At this time, Member’s mark does not produce any age-specific or size-specific recipes such as those for puppies or large breed dogs.
Member’s Mark produces a very small range of cat food recipes. This range includes a single dry food recipe and a small number of wet/canned cat food recipes.
Member’s Mark does not produce any age-specific cat food such as those for kittens or senior cats, but their dry food recipe is designed for all life stages.
Member’s Mark’s dry cat food recipe is not grain-free.
Member’s Mark Nutrition
Given that Member’s Mark is the own brand of a retailer, you would expect the nutrition to be sub-optimal. However, this isn’t the case, and the nutrition offered by Member’s Mark recipes is above-average.
This above-average nutrition provides above-average proportions of protein and fat and reasonable proportions of carbohydrates.
Below is an example of the nutrition provided by one of Member’s Mark’s best dry dog food recipes.
If you would like to learn more about canine nutrition, we highly recommend checking out our Dog Food Guide.
The nutrition offered by Member’s Mark cat food recipes is average to above-average.
This consists of proportions of protein and fat that are usually above-average and proportions of carbohydrates that are reasonably high.
It is critical that cats consume a diet high in animal and fish-based protein and fat and that they do not consume an overly excessive proportion of plant material. This is as they are obligate carnivores, and their digestive system is not suited to a diet high in plant matter.
If you would like to learn more about cat nutrition, you should read our Cat Food Guide.
Member’s Mark Ingredients
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Member’s Mark uses a small range of high-quality meat and fish ingredients, including the above. These ingredients regulars in the industry and are chosen because they are widely available and highly nutritious.
In particular, Salmon is an excellent addition to any dog food recipe thanks to the high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids it contains. These fatty acids are believed to provide several health benefits, including an improvement to the health of a dog’s skin and coat.
You can learn more about Salmon and its benefits in our article Best Dog Food With Salmon.
Other Notable Ingredients
Member’s Mark uses a variety of grain ingredients in its recipes, such as Barley, Brown Rice, and Sorghum. Grain ingredients are often a controversial addition to pet food, with many in the industry dissuading their use.
However, there are others who are strong supporters of their use, especially those that feed brands like Purina or Royal Canin.
The grain ingredients used by Member’s Mark are preferred to others by some as they are perceived as less processed and more nutritious.
Some of Member’s Mark’s grain-free recipes make use of Menhaden Fish Meal. Menhaden Fish are not well known but are harvested for their fish oil.
After this oil has been harvested, a nutritious fish meal remains, and this is used by many pet food brands as a supplementary source of protein and fat.
You can learn more about Menhaden Fish Meal in Menhaden Fish Meal in Dog Food.
Peas are a regular addition in dog food recipes industry-wide including recipes from Members Mark. Peas are chosen as they are easy to source, affordable, and provide favorable nutrition, that is high in plant-based protein.
However, concerns have arisen over the last few years with links between the high use of legumes in dog food and an increased rate of Canine Heart Disease.
You can read more about this in our article Best Dog Foods Without Peas.
Many dog food brands use Dried Beet Pulp in their recipes as a source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can be important to some dogs as it can aid digestion and ensure dogs have regular stools. Outside of this fiber content, Dried Beet Pulp provides minimal nutrition.
Learn more about this ingredient in our article, Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.
Brewers Yeast is used in dog food recipes as it can provide beneficial vitamins and minerals. These vitamins and minerals can intern improve the health and wellbeing of a dog.
Read more in our article Brewers Yeast In Dog Food.
Flaxseed is popular due to the fact that it is one of the best plant-based sources of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Many believe that these fatty acids can provide numerous health benefits to dogs and humans alike.
Benefits include improved cognitive function, a reduction in the risk of certain diseases, and improved condition of a dog’s skin and coat.
Learn more in Flaxseed In Dog Food.
Member’s Mark Animal Testing
At this time, we have no information on what type of animal testing, if any, that Member’s Mark participates in.
Many pet food manufacturers and brands avoid disclosing information related to animal testing as consumers may not react well.
We strongly believe that laboratory and invasive testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which should be eliminated.
Member’s Mark Recalls
Given that we have limited information on where Member’s Mark recipes are made, we can not be certain that Member’s Mark’s partners do not have a history of recalls.
We always suggest that pet owners remain vigilant of any future recalls of Member’s Mark or any other pet food brand.
Member’s Mark Featured Articles
At this time, Member’s Mark has not been featured in any of our articles.
Best of Member’s Mark
Grain Free High Protein Chicken & Vegetable Recipe Review
The above grain-free recipe from Member’s Mark is one of their best and boasts an impressive nutritional profile. It has 34% protein and 15% fat, as listed in its Guaranteed Analysis. This is significantly above-average when compared to other dog food brands, especially at its price point.
This nutrition is thanks to a mix of Chicken, Chicken Meal, and Menhaden Fish Meal. These three ingredients are excellent sources of animal or fish-based protein and fat.
Outside of these meat and fish ingredients, the recipe utilizes a mix of legumes and starch ingredients such as Chickpeas, Peas, and Potatoes. These ingredients provide carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
Lastly, the recipe contains some industry favorites in tiny quantities, such as Flaxseed, Beet Pulp, and Tomato Pomace. These minor ingredients provide extra nutrition such as dietary fiber or the Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Grain Free Turkey & Vegetable Stew Review
Wet dog food is an appealing treat or regular addition to many dog’s diets, and the above recipe from Member’s Mark would be a satisfactory choice.
The recipe’s core ingredient is Turkey, which is an excellent source of animal-based protein and fat. Also, there is a smaller portion of Turkey Liver, which is another positive addition to the recipe.
Organ meat such as Liver can enhance a recipe’s flavor and boost otherwise low levels of select vitamins and minerals. Many premium brands make extensive use of organ meat ingredients.
Outside of its Turkey ingredients, this recipe uses a small portion of Carrots, Peas, and Potatoes to provide carbohydrates and fiber. The portion size of these ingredients is modest and will not make up the bulk of the recipe.
Complete All Life Stages Review
Above is Member’s Mark’s only dry cat food recipe, and it is designed for cats of all ages.
The recipe’s primary ingredient is Poultry By-Product Meal, which is a mix of Chicken and Turkey By-Products. While these ingredients may not be visually appealing to cat owners, they can provide cats with nutrition in the form of protein and fat.
It is critical that cats’ diet is high in animal or fish-based foods given they are obligate carnivores.
Outside of this poultry content, the recipe uses a mix of Corn, Wheat, and Soy ingredients. These provide carbohydrates, fiber, and some vitamins and minerals.
Sadly, these ingredients are not ideal additions to a cat’s diet and are dense sources of carbohydrates.
Full Member’s Mark Product Range
Dry Dog Food
Chicken & Rice Recipe
Salmon & Pea Recipe
Lamb & Rice Recipe
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
Grain Free High Protein Chicken & Vegetable Recipe
Complete Adult Maintenance Recipe
Wet/Canned Dog Food
Grain Free Turkey & Vegetable Stew
Dry Cat Food
Complete All Life Stages
Wet/Canned Cat Food
Mixed Grill Dinner
Turkey & Giblets Dinner
Whitefish & Tuna Dinner