Pet Food News

The latest dog and cat food news and research from Petfood Industry magazine.


Nestle discovers slave labor used in its supply chains

Company conducted internal investigation into allegations of forced labor on fishing boats in southeast Asia
Nestle S.A. says that, after a yearlong internal investigation, it has found that migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured under false pretenses and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in its supply chains.
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Patriot 5 Star looking for most patriotic dog in America

Contest is part of the new brand launch
The innovators of All-American Pet Nutrition at Simplicity Pet Care are debuting their newest brand, Patriot 5 Star – a first-of-its-kind brand dedicated to philanthropy, the advancement of America and the canines protecting America.
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Wellness Natural, HSUS team up on Giving Tuesday

Campaign aims to raise US$100,000 on December 1, 2015
On Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
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Petco to be acquired in US$4.6 billion deal

CVC Capital Partners Ltd., Canada Pension Plan Investment Board set to purchase company
A deal has been reached for Petco Holdings Inc. to be acquired by CVC Capital Partners Ltd. and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in a US$4.6 billion deal, sources say.
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Cargill’s Empyreal product receives safety certification

Animal food ingredient product gets Food Safety System Certification 22000
Cargill recently received certification in the manufacturing process of its Empyreal animal food ingredient product. The Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 validates Cargill’s robust food safety management system for its Empyreal production process in Blair, Nebraska, and Dayton, Ohio, that meets the safety and quality requirements of major branded feed companies worldwide.
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GfK: Grain-free pet food has potential to outgrow natural

45% of all pet food items introduced in the past year were grain-free
“Natural” pet food may get all the headlines, but grain-free is the engine powering the natural juggernaut. New data from GfK’s point-of-sale pet panel, which represents more than 11,000 pet specialty stores, shows that grain-free dog and cat food now accounts for one-third (34%) of all pet food sales, and 48% of the “natural” category.
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#tbt: Is glycemic index a valid concept for pet food?

Greg Aldrich wrote about the use of glycemic index in pet food in 2013
In 2013, Greg Aldrich wrote for Petfood Industry that the concept of a product possessing a "low glycemic index" is emerging as a new parameter for evaluating pet foods.
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Two bidders expected to make offers to buy Petco

Both private equity-led bidders are expected to each bid more than US$4 billion
Two groups of private equity-led bidders are expected to each bid more than US$4 billion for Petco Holdings, according to reports.
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Petfood Forum China 2015 images

View a collection of photos from Pet Fair Asia, the pet trade show in Shanghai that partners with Petfood Forum China 2015. Pet food professionals from China and throughout the world learned how to develop products for the US$1.37 billion Chinese pet food market at Petfood Forum China, held August 28 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. The exclusive conference featured industry experts sharing information and insights on the Chinese pet food market, the pet food product development process, the importance of supplier partnerships and ways to take a new product to retail.

Pet Fair Asia just finished its 18th edition, August 27-30. It is one of the largest pet trade shows in China and has grown each year, expanding to three halls in 2015, with thousands of visitors, both pet industry professionals and pet-owning consumers. Many of the exhibiting pet food manufacturers, both domestic and multinational, had very large stands. In fact, for most of the multinationals, their stands were larger than what they typically have at North American pet trade shows such as Global Pet Expo. The recent turmoil in China’s economy does not seem to be affecting the country’s pet food market, judging by the major, active presence of these pet food companies at Pet Fair Asia. With this activity backed by data showing the market’s continuing rapid growth (presented by Pushan Tagore of GfK duringPetfood Forum China 2015), China promises to be an up and coming pet food player for some time.

Petfood Forum China and Pet Fair Asia will return to Shanghai in 2016, August 18-21.


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