The Minnesota bill that would have required petfood companies to register their product recipes with the Department of Agriculture has died in committee, according to a press release from the Pet Food Institute .
Under Minnesota legislative rules, bills not voted out of policy committee by March 27 are dead for the 2009 session. PFI was opposed to the bill.
In other legislative news for the industry, a West Virginia bill that would impose at minimum a $5 surcharge on the Commercial Feed Distributor Permit application fee to fund a spay/neuter program is not expected to pass. According to the institute, the bill will not receive support from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture .
While cat trends continue, the pandemic has added to overall slow-growth treatment of the cat food market.
Premiumization and humanization, as well as automation, fueled continued operation growth in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.