WILTON, Conn. – Blue Buffalo announced that Greg Reinhart, Ph.D., joined the pet food firm as senior vice president of R&D.

Reinhart will lead the Blue Buffalo research and development team that is responsible for clinical studies, product innovation and scientific communications.

Dr. Greg Reinhart 

“I am thrilled to bring my experience in scientific, evidence-based research to a company that is solely focused on the well-being of dogs and cats,” Reinhart said. “It is a professional privilege to join the pet lovers at Blue Buffalo who provide nutritional advances that are most valued by clients and the veterinarians who care for their companion animals.”

Reinhart comes from The Mathile Institute, a non-profit group focused on the nutritional health of children, where he applied his experience in companion animal and human health care industries. Before the 9-year stint in the Mathile organization, Greg was responsible for technology development at Procter and Gamble’s global Pet Care business unit and The Iams Company before the acquisition by P&G.

Reinhart will work with the R&D team at the company’s home office in Wilton, Connecticut, and the Blue Buffalo Heartland plant in Joplin, Missouri. He will also provide leadership during the construction of the company’s new R&D technical center and manufacturing plant in Richmond, Indiana, a $150 million investment in product supply and innovation.

“Dr. Reinhart has an impressive R&D background in animal and human nutrition,” said Bill Bishop, founder and chairman of Blue Buffalo. “Greg is passionate about enhancing the health of dogs and cats, and we’re excited about the scientific capabilities he brings to our growing business in both pet specialty retail and veterinary-exclusive, therapeutic diets.”

Reinhart is an alumnus of The Ohio State Univ. where he received a degree in Animal Science, a Master of Science degree in Non-Ruminant Nutrition, and a Ph.D. degree in Nutritional Biochemistry.