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Pet Food News / Pet Food Market Trends
On July 6, 2015

Quick hits: The latest news at a glance!

View the latest, up-to-the-minute news from important industry players.

Got a new website or product? Recently earn certification or win an award? Have positions changed within your company?

The Quick hits section is the place to send and find this information. Updated regularly.

    

  • Biomin has further expanded its global production network with the opening of a production plant in Panama.
  • Glenroy Inc. was recognized as one of "America's Healthiest Companies" by earning a Gold Well Workplace Award from Wellness Council of America and local affiliate Wellness Council of Wisconsin. This award recognizes best-in-class organizations for developing comprehensive workplace wellness programs that produce results.
  • Key Technology has promoted Alvaro Núñez to regional manager for Mexico.
  • In the first six months of 2015, the Fressnapf Group increased its sales by 9% -- slightly ahead of its target.
  • Piab has officially launched a new website.
  • Biomin has opened its new global headquarters in Getzersdorf, Austria.
  • Ross has expanded its operations in Wuxi, China. The company has added 30,000 square feet of manufacturing space and increased manpower to more than 165 full-time employees.
  • Craig Reese will join Coveris as President-Americas Food & Consumer Products, effective September 14, 2015.
  • Open Farm has formed a partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program. The company sources all of its seafood from sustainable fisheries.
  • Lynsi Rathbun has been named marketing manager for the National Animal Supplement Council.
  • Ballard Manufacturing has received a 100% in its SQF audit. Ballard Manufacturing has three HACCP programs and scopes covered by the SQF Certification.
  • The Look Who’s Happy brand has expanded its team to include Bruce J. Flantzer as senior vice president of sales and marketing.
  • Spiroflow Ltd. has won two ‘Company of the Year’ awards, one from the U.K.-based Food Processing magazine and one from U.K. SHAPA (Solids Handling and Processing Association).
  • Dutch pet food manufacturer Prins Petfoods will launch an interactive TV channel on October 4.
  • Consumer Affairs has released a new Cat Food Guide. 
  • Maria Lange,who advises GfK’s leading pet industry clients on marketplace trends, has been promoted to business group director of the company’s POS tracking team.
  • MOCON has hired Michael Barto as vice president of engineering and manufacturing.
  • Dogs Love Kale was selected as the winner of the 2015 Natural Child World Magazine’s Eco-Excellence Award for Best Pet Products Treats category.
  • Tom Vanderborght has joined DSM Nutritional Products as a pet food manager EMEA based in Deinze, Belgium.
  • Brent Kirn has joined DSM Nutritional Products as a key account manager, pet nutrition in North America.
  • Thomas DiGiannurio has been promoted from engineering manager to vice president, engineering at Charles Ross & Son Co.
  • Anchor Ingredients Co. L.L.C. of Fargo, North Dakota, USA, has purchased the Identity Preserved Ingredients L.L.C. of Hillsboro, North Dakota, USA. Terms were not disclosed.
  • Nulo Pet Food has announced Heather Govea as its new president. Previously, she was general manager at Natural Balance Pet Foods.
  • Flexicon (Europe) Ltd. has opened a new office in Barcelona, Spain, to provide factory-direct engineering services and technical sales support to customers throughout Spain.
  • Steve Ablett has been promoted to director – pet food at PolyCello.
  • On July 14, 2015, Ross Process Equipment held the inauguration of its state-of-the-art 20,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and offices located in the Chakan MIDC industrial area of Pune, India. The new site sits on a 2.5-acre land large enough to accommodate further expansions up to double the initial plant space.
  • Dvijal Patel joins Bühler Aeroglide’s process development group as a food technologist, specializing in food science microbiology.
  • Glenroy Inc., a converter and printer of flexible packaging film and stand-up pouches, will commemorate the company's 50-year anniversary in July.
  • Orffa has signed a strategic agreement with AP&C Industry Ltd. to strengthen its position as a global supplier of feed additives. AP&C will bring to Orffa services such as sourcing feed additives and APIs, supporting procurement activities, logistics, FDA-approved lab services, supplying market information, and product registrations in China.
  • The J.M. Smucker Company’s Board of Directors has approved an increase in the quarterly dividend from $0.64 to $0.67 per common share, an increase of 5 percent. The dividend will be paid on September 1, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 14, 2015.
  • A black bear in Seminole County, Florida, USA, fell asleep in a homeowner’s yard after devouring a 50-pound bag of dog food, which it had taken from a nearby garage into the shade.
  • David G. Fliss has been named AIB International’s vice president for client development, effective immediately.
  • Roger Parsons has joined Wellpet’s leadership team as vice president of sales.
  • The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has named Jessica Morse as its new manager of meetings and events. Morse will support Veronica Rovelli, AFIA director of meetings and events, to focus on the association's meeting efforts.
  • Brakke Consulting Inc. and Trone Brand Energy are joining forces to conduct the Changing Pet Ownership Study, which will explore the evolutionary change in pet owner attitudes, lifestyle and purchase behavior and the implications to future pet ownership.
  • InVivo Labs, the analytical division of InVivo NSA, and AdGène, an expert laboratory in molecular biology in France, have announced their strategic union.
  • Freshpet Inc. has promoted Scott Morris from chief marketing officer to chief operating officer. He will now be responsible for sales and marketing, innovation, and Freshpet Fridge operations. As part of its strategic growth plan, the company also announced appointments to three new positions: Stephen Weise to executive vice president of manufacturing and supply chain, Lisa Barrette to vice president of business development, and Christopher Taranto to vice president of procurement and planning. All leadership appointments are effective immediately.
  • Free Raised Pet Products has named Brendan Glenwright as marketing director.
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