In 2016, news about pet food contamination, top dog and cat food companies and market trends topped the list of most popular stories published during the year by Petfood Industry. The rankings were determined by the number of page views recorded by Google Analytics.
Diamond Pet Food and Costco have begun paying settlements to Canadian pet owners who say their pets required screening and/or treatment, or the pets died, after they were exposed to Salmonella in 2011 and 2012, according to a report from Food Safety News.
Hill’s Science Diet and Ideal Balance pet foods were pulled from the shelves of PetCo and PetSmart stores in Topeka and Lawrence, Kansas as a result of an unspecified business dispute, reported local news outlet WIBW.
More than 1,140 dogs have died after eating jerky pet treats, out of 6,200 cases of jerky-related canine illness reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2007 to December 31, 2015.
In the last several years, as the global pet food market has continued to recover alongside the economy, the majority of the industry has seen slow but steady growth.
Globally, US-based businesses occupy the first seven spots on Petfood Industry’s Top Pet Food Companies database, in terms of annual revenue.
In its new Online Pet Food Category Report, 1010 data shows a new leading pet food brand sold online.
Petfood Industry’s annual Top Pet Food Companies magazine issue is now available, featuring exclusive data on the top pet food producers around the world in 2015.
The global pet food market was profitable in 2015, with many pet food companies holding their spots as top earners and mergers and acquisitions boosting profitability for others.
Overall spending in the pet industry for 2015 came in at a record US$60.28 billion, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA).
These protein sources have grown in popularity for both pet and human meals.
Tim Wall covers the dog, cat and other pet food industries as senior reporter for WATT Global Media. He hold a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a bachelor's degree in biology. Wall served in the Peace Corps in Honduras from 2005 to 2007. His work has appeared in Scientific American, Discovery News, Honduras Weekly and other outlets. Contact Wall via https://www.wattglobalmedia.com/contact-us/
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