Some of the most popular blogs in 2016 dealt with trends in international markets, retail sales and consumer demands.
The pet food market saw overall positive news last week, delivered during two webinars.
Given its size, status and annual calendar positioning, many pet food and pet product companies use the show to launch their latest product lines and offerings.
The majority of pet food and other pet products in the US is sold in two broad retail channels: pet specialty and mass market.
Petfood Forum 2016 concluded on April 20 with about 2,500 pet food professionals from around the world participating in two-and-a-half days of networking, learning at conference sessions and visiting with leading industry suppliers in the exhibit hall.
Asian pet food markets posted the highest growth rates in 2015, ranging from about 10% for China and the Philippines, to nearly 14% for Thailand and Indonesia, up to over 25% for India.
If there was any doubt that the high-meat pet food trend had gone global, Interzoo 2016 quickly dispelled that uncertainty.
The evolution of the pet food industry is fascinating to watch. The move by consumers from economy to premium foods has been well-documented.
I attend Global Pet Expo every year with two clear goals: watch for pet food trends and talk to professionals from pet food companies and brands.
A few weeks ago, I blogged about the recent trend of US consumers filing class action lawsuits against pet food companies.
Pet food sales in Mexico increased 13.7% in 2015 to MXN42.6 billion (US$2.28 billion), rebounding from the effects of a value-added tax of 16% enacted by the Mexican government in 2014.