Blue Buffalo vs Beneful 2022

Difference: Beneful and Blue Buffalo

Both Beneful and Blue Buffalo have recognized pet food brands, particularly in the dog food line of products. But what makes one better than the other?

In dry dog food recipes, Blue Buffalo has more crude protein, crude fat, and crude fiber content compared to Beneful but in wet dog food, Beneful has more crude protein content but less fat and fiber content compared to Blue Buffalo.

Beneful and Blue Buffalo Companies

Beneful is a dog food brand whose parent company is Nestle Purina PetCare Company and is known for making wet and dry dog foods as well as treats. It was introduced in 2001 and has made its name in the US for selling quality dog foods.

On the other hand, Blue Buffalo was founded 2 years after Beneful in 2003 by Bill Bishop and in 2018, it was sold to General Mills. It is headquartered in Connecticut, USA but has operations in more than 5 countries.

Beneful and Blue Buffalo Nutrition/Ingredients

While Blue Buffalo contains 0.3% higher protein content in dry dog foods than Beneful, the latter prevails with 6.2% higher protein content in wet dog food. Blue Buffalo is on the higher edge of the spectrum in both types of foods for fat and fiber contents. And although both brands use premium ingredients, they have 2 controversial ones in common. However, Beneful has more than 20 unique debatable ingredients compared to 6 in Blue Buffalo.

Beneful and Blue Buffalo Recalls

Beneful has been recalled once in 2016 against Blue Buffalo’s 9 times.

Beneful and Blue Buffalo Pricing

Both brands offer their products at competitive prices. However, Blue Buffalo is more expensive when all recipes are considered per pound and per calorie.

Blue Buffalo vs. Beneful Comparison Table

FactorBlue BuffaloBeneful 
TasteUses meat, has tasty meals, but that differs based on recipesSeems to have great taste but the ingredients are questionable
Nutritional ValueHigh-quality ingredients with zero fillers & include omegasHas too many controversial ingredients on the list
Product LineSix product lines: Freedom, Basics, Veterinary Diet, Wilderness, Carnivora & TrueSolutionsMany dog food products
PriceFairly costlyCheap 
SafetyVery many recalls, 9 to be exact (2007 – 2017 )One recall on March 9, 2016: Incorrect Vitamins and Minerals


Overall, we choose Blue Buffalo due to its high nutritional value, less controversial ingredients, and competitive pricing.