Food in its purest state - unadulterated by artificial additives, sweetness, colorings and preservatives - is the best tasting and most nutritious food available. Real meats, healthy fats, veggies, fruits and whole grains. Merrick pet food goes from the farm to the bowl, using fresh, regional ingredients. They select the highest quality ingredients from American farmers and ranchers throughout the four seasons of the year. Dogs thrive on quality protein and fat which is why every one of Merricks recipes starts with a deboned meat as the first ingredient.