How does Del Monte's garden grow? Quite well. The company is one of the largest makers of branded canned fruit, vegetables, and broths in the US. Del Monte Foods manufactures tomato-based items, such as ketchup and tomato sauce, under brands College Inn, Del Monte, and Contadina. It owns no farms, but instead purchases fruits and vegetables from growers. The company helps pets grow, too, with a stable of popular brands: 9Lives, Gravy Train, Milk-Bone, and Meow Mix. Subsidiary Del Monte Foods makes private-label products as well as ingredients for other food makers, and supplies products to food service operators. The company is owned by a trio of private equity firms led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR).