5 novel pet food proteins from human trends
These protein sources have grown in popularity for both pet and human meals.
Pet food consumers increasingly make purchases based on the nutritional, environmental and ethical aspects of dog and cat food, wrote David Sprinkle, research director at Packaged Facts, in Petfood Industry. Five protein sources in particular have grown in popularity for both pet and human meals, especially in the natural food channel.
1. Grass-fed meat
Although more expensive than conventional meat, 5 percent of dog owners and 6 percent of cat owners who buy red-meat-based pet foods say they purchase pet foods marketed as ranch-raised, grass-fed or similar varieties, according to the Packaged Facts’ Natural, Organic and Eco-friendly Pet Products report.
2. Bone broth
Bone broth contains minerals that support the immune system and collagen for joint health. The bone broth trend in human foodie culture can translate into wet pet food formulations or in a pet food topper, gravy or moistener for dry dog or cat foods.
3. Plant superfoods
Pet food ingredients from superfood plants, such as quinoa and chia seeds, can provide protein that is non-soy, non-GMO, gluten-free, allergen-free and sustainable. However, a meat-free diet may result in health problems for carnivorous pets, such as cats. Despite this, including plant-based proteins as a part of the protein mix can diversify nutrition and lessen concerns over digestive, skin and coat problems, along with other adverse responses sometimes associated with meat- or poultry-based pet foods.
Pulses, such as beans and peas, contain 23–26 percent protein along with complex carbohydrates and fiber. Beans can serve as a safe…