The inside track from Pet Fair Asia 2020

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Pet Fair Asia

The 23rd annual Pet Fair Asia – the leading innovation hub for the international pet food industry – took place in Shanghai from August 19th to 23rd and, despite the COVID-19 crisis, was bigger than ever with an increased number of both exhibitors and visitors.

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Life cycle assessment: How to measure pet food environmental impact

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Life cycle assessment

Life Cycle Assessment is a standardized method to evaluate the impact of a product on the environment during its whole life. From the identification of the impacts to the calculation of an environmental score, this complete analysis enables manufacturers to develop pet foods that meet pet parents’ desire for sustainability.

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A year of pet food innovation

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Petfood innovation

With pet owners behaving more like pet parents, there is exciting innovation in treats and age-specific foods, while more sustainable products have potential. Discover some top regional innovations that have been launched over the last twelve months and the opportunities they present to your business.

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Cat food: How to make the most palatable kibbles

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Palatable kibble

Palatable, attractive, tasty, appetizing, pleasant, delightful… No matter the word you pick to describe the perfect cat food, what really counts is this: will Kitty eat it?! So if you want to make sure cats will feast on your kibbles, you need to consider some key factors such as type of palatants, kibble protein content, and moisture level.

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In-home or expert panel, do you really need to choose?

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In home panel

Expert panels are conducted at animal centers with pets trained to take part in sensory tests. They are carried out by professional animal technicians and ethologists who observe and study feeding behaviors and preferences. Because reliable information can be obtained only from healthy, happy, stress-free animals, it’s important that expert panels guarantee a pet-friendly environment and ensure animal well-being.

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[Infographic] – Pet owner attitudes and expectations toward dog aging

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Pet owner attitudes

An exclusive survey conducted in Europe and USA confirms that dog owners are highly concerned about the health of their aging companion. They are more than ready to adopt solutions that allow their animal to stay healthy while growing old so they can share more time together.

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Managing pet stress to preserve pet-owner bonds

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Pet Stress

Dogs and cats are treasured family members who share every aspect of their families’ lives, but that doesn’t mean they are free from stress. And pet lovers feel it. When consulting their veterinarian about a pet’s unwanted behavior, owners frequently say such things as “My dog is stressed when I leave him at home” or “My cat has been anxious ever since we moved.” What are stress and anxiety, how do they affect pets and their parents, and how can they be managed? Keep calm and read!

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Kibble coating: how to maximize palatability performance

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kibble coating

Making kibbles tasty and aromatic with liquid or powdered palatants is an essential element of manufacturing a pet food product that dogs and cats will love. And one of the most important aspects of dry pet food palatability is the way coating ingredients are applied to kibble. To maximize meal attractiveness, you’ll want powder and liquid palatants to be as accessible as possible to the pet’s highly sensitive nose and taste buds. To help you achieve this, here are some basic operational techniques for each coating step. Take a guided tour!

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[Infographic] – Cat and dog behaviors around the bowl: how pet owners decode the signs of food enjoyment

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Cat licking paws

The definition of pet food performance is evolving. For owners, palatability is no longer a matter of a pet simply eating a food, but of a pet visibly enjoying food! Beyond that food consumption measurement, surveys conducted in-home with pets and their people identify pertinent behaviors that reflect a pet’s level of enjoyment.

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