Taste of the Wild vs Fromm

Taste of the Wild vs Fromm Dog Food Review
Today, I’m comparing two dry dog foods: Taste of the Wild (TotW) and Fromm.

In our household, we have a lot of different dietary requirements.

Comparing dog food brands is the best way to determine which food would be the most fitting for our family.

Choosing the right dog food is not an easy task. This job is challenging because we can’t just ask our dog, “Hey, what kind of food do you want me to pick up?”

Wouldn’t that be nice?

But beyond your dog’s preference you want to make sure the food is appropriate for:

  • Age
  • Size
  • Weight (Don’t feed the same food for both weight-loss and maintenance)
  • Breed (Have both a chihuahua and a golden retriever? They have different needs!)
  • Energy Level
  • Health (Allergies, heart or kidney issues, GI issues, etc.)

Many factors have to come together in one food to meet your dog’s many needs.  This is why picking a dog food is difficult.

In addition to your dog’s needs, there are loads of different brands and varieties to pick from. Do you go grain-free?  Chicken-free? Soy and dairy-free? The variables are endless.

VarietyFirst IngredientProteinRatingPrice
Taste of the Wild High Prairie Buffalo32%4.1$$

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Taste of the Wild Pacific StreamSalmon25%4.3$$

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Taste of the Wild Sierra MountainLamb25%4.3$$

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Fromm Gold Adult Dog Food Small BreedChicken26%4.5$$$$

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Fromm Four-Star Dog Food Beef Frittata VegBeef30%4.0$$$$

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Fromm Adult Gold NutritionalsChicken25%4.4$$$

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Taste of the Wild

Company History

Taste of the Wild is one of the many brands under the Diamond Pet Company umbrella. Diamond Pet was launched in 1970 by two brothers-in-law and has since transformed into one of the fastest growing pet food companies in the world.Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon flavored grain-free dry dog food

TotW is still a family owned brand that produces food in the United States.

TotW has 5 different manufacturing locations in the US, but some of their ingredients are sourced from overseas. TotW only uses ingredients that have been sustainable and humanely raised.

The idea behind their food is that TotW manufactures “…a high-quality, yet affordable pet food option.”

The recipes for their food were created based on a dog’s ancestral needs.

Taste of the Wild Varieties

Taste of the Wild has 9 different dry dog food verities, including unique formulas for puppies and small breeds.

Taste of the Wild 3 Best Sellers of Dry Dog Food:

  1. High Prairie – Roasted Bison and Venison
  2. Pacific Stream – Smoked Salmon
  3. Sierra Mountain – Roasted Lamb

Fromm

Company History

Fromm pet food is a family-owned Wisconsin-based company, which has a long history dating as far back as 1948. The Fromm family can trace their history as far back as 1852.

The initial spark for their pet food company actually originated in 1933, with the development of their silver fox food for their fox farm (try saying that 7 times fast!).Fromm Family Gold adult small breed dry dog food for sale review

As time passed, Fromm’s company grew beyond foxes, and in 1948 Federal Foods was launched.

Shortly after, in 1949, they sold their first bag of dog meal.

Later, in 1995, Federal Foods transformed into Fromm Family Foods.

Over the next 24 years Fromm Family Foods reshaped into the pet food company we’re familiar with today.

Two fun facts about the Fromm Family:

  1. In 1939 they were involved in the creation, production, and release of a new distemper vaccine for dogs and cats.
  2. In the 1980’s they were the first to use tocopherols as a preservative in their pet food.

Fromm Varieties

Fromm Family pet food now has 29 different recipes of dry dog food including specialized formulas for puppies, large breed puppies, large breed adults, small breed, and seniors.

Their dry dog food can be broken down into three product lines: Four Star, Gold, and Classic.

Fromm Family Pet Food 3 Best Sellers of Dry Dog Food:

  1. Gold Adult Dog Food Small Breed
  2. Four-Star Dog Food Beef Frittata Veg
  3. Adult Gold Nutritionals

More Varieties at Amazon

Recalls and Lawsuits

Taste of the Wild

Although Diamond Pet Food has had multiple recalls, Taste of the Wild has had only one in May of 2012

The recall was related to a salmonella outbreak in their South Carolina plant. Only dry food varieties were deemed to have issues with salmonella.

Dog food safety Taste of the Wild Fromm recalls lawsuits potential contamination

Still safer than letting your dog scavenge its own carrion. Also, the allegations are as-of-yet unproven!

The specific varieties of TotW were not listed, but all dry dog food products with production codes containing a 2 or 3 in the 9th character position and an X in the following character position were recalled.

Changes to the facilities and manufacturing process have clearly been successful since the TotW has not had any recurrence.

Unfortunately, there are currently two open lawsuits against Diamond Pet Food that directly relate to Taste of the Wild.

The initial lawsuit was filed in August of 2018 and claimed certain types of food are contaminated, the three varieties in question are:

  • Prairie Canine Formula Roasted Bison and Roasted Venison Dry Dog Food
  • Pacific Stream Canine Formula Smoked Salmon Dry Dog Food
  • Prairie Puppy Formula Grain-Free.

The lawsuit is alleging the foods are contaminated with pesticides, heavy metal (Arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium), acrylamide, and BPA.

The second lawsuit was filed in February of 2019.  Again, there are claims of contamination.

The five varieties in question are:

  • High Prairie Canine Formula Roasted Bison and Roasted Venison Dry Dog Food
  • Pacific Stream Canine Formula Smoked Salmon Dry Dog Food
  • Taste of the Wild® Prairie Puppy Formula Grain-Free
  • Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon with Beef in Gravy
  • Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon with Wild Boar

This lawsuit is alleging the food is contaminated with the same contaminants as the 2018 lawsuit.

FrommFromm Family gold chicken and duck pate recall too much Vitamin D

Similar to TotW, Fromm has only had one recall in its long history.

It was announced in March of 2016. The recall was related to an insufficient amount of nutrients and vitamins, and a higher content of Vitamin D.

Only three kinds of canned food were involved: Gold Chicken Pate Dog, Gold Chicken & Duck, and Gold Salmon & Chicken Pate.

Corrections to the Fromm plants have worked since they have not experienced any additional recalls.

What’s Important When Choosing a Dog Food?

Many factors go into choosing the right dog food, and though the ingredients are a major element, other components may also influence the decision:

  • Ingredients
  • Price
  • Availability
  • Taste (What your dog thinks!)
  • Where the ingredients are sourced
  • Where the food is manufactured
  • Your dog’s individual needs (See list above)

Comparison of Taste of the Wild vs. Fromm

We also tested Taste of the Wild against Orijen’s dog food. Click here for the results!

Ingredient

  Winner: Fromm   

This was tough!

Both companies have a lot of quality ingredients and have an equal average protein level.

But Fromm came out on top because of its higher levels of fruits and vegetables and for having a combination of grain-free and non-grain free options.

Taste of the Wild

Taste of the Wild ingredients guaranteed analysis calorie content feeding guide and AAFCO statement

TotW is an entirely grain-free brand. Instead of grains, they use a mix of sweet potatoes, lentils, and potatoes (non-specified kind). Also, they use pea and potato flour in lieu of more traditional flours.

The first and second ingredients in each of the three best sellers are high-quality proteins.

As for the other elements, there are some fruits and vegetables, but TotW is a protein-focused food.

Unfortunately, canola oil is listed before salmon oil, which is disappointing.

Fromm

Ingredients Fromm Gold Adult Dog Food Small Breed Dry FoodGuaranteed Analysis Calorie Content Fromm Gold Adult Dry Dog Food Small Breed

Fromm has a mix of grain-free and non-grain free dry dog food options.

As for the grain-free they use lentils, sweet potatoes, and potatoes (non-specified kind).

For grain options, Fromm uses a combination of oats, barley, and rice; these grains come in multiple varieties and forms.

The first three ingredients in their top sellers are proteins.

In addition to the proteins and carbs, these foods have a substantial quantity of fruits and vegetables as well. Also, Fromm has a higher average of fiber.

Although Fromm has a large variety of foods, most, not all, are chicken based.

Price/Value

  Winner: Taste of the Wild   

This was an easy pick: TotW.

The average cost per pound if TotW is under two dollars and the average price of Fromm is a dollar per pound, just under three dollars..

TotW’s goal was to provide high-quality food at an affordable price. I think they really nailed it!

 Availability

  Winner: Taste of the Wild   

Feed Supply Store where to buy Fromm dog food locally independently owned shops

You may be able to find Fromm at your local independently-owned feed and supply store. Picture by Michael Barera (CC BY-SA 4.0)

TotW can be found almost anywhere: Online at an abundance of websites, large pet stores, hardware stores, vet clinics, specialty pet stores, doggy daycares, and even high-end grocery stores.

Fromm does sell to some online stores and doggy daycares but most often can be found in specialty boutique pet stores.

Locally, you can find it most often in independently-owned Fromm Family Foods’ retailers.

Taste

  Winner: Taste of the Wild   

This one was also difficult to decide, but in the long run TotW won out.

Likely the different tasting proteins were what finally tipped the scale for my dogs.

The X Factor

  Winner: Fromm   

Fromm has more varieties for dogs with specific needs such as puppies, large breed, small breed, and seniors.

Also, Fromm has three different lines of products Gold (life stage focused), Four Star (gourmet), and Classic (balanced nutrition), while Taste of the Wild focuses on a single product line.

Overall

  Winner: Taste of the Wild   

Taste of the Wild‘s affordability, availability, and taste make buying this brand convenient. Also, it’s a better brand for dogs who have allergies.

Fromm is an excellent high-quality brand of dog food, though!  It has many options for dogs with special dietary needs. However, the cost and availability have made it a market-specific brand.

About the author

Jessica Mabie

Jessica and her husband share their lives with four amazing high energy Brittanys and one very awesome cat. You’ll rarely see her without her 4 pack, they go everywhere with her, including most vacations. So, if you see her out and about with her family don’t hesitate to say “Hi!”, (You’ll know it’s her since few are so daring as to have 4 Britts).