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Pet food industry supply chain intact during COVID-19

Although many pet food industry suppliers have prepared for the pandemic, there will still be increased costs and transportation difficulties in the supply chain.
As of the beginning of April, much of the pet food production supply chain remained intact, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 virus replicates in cats, transmits cat-to-cat

However, the conditions did not duplicate those found in the home of a pet owner infected with the virus.
The scientists conducted similar experiments with dogs, pigs, chickens, ferrets and ducks. The virus could replicate in ferrets and cats, and could transmit from cat to cat.
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4% growth forecast for 2020 pet food sales, down from 6%

Pet food sales will reflect, as occurred in the Great Recession, some trading down to value and store brands.
Total U.S. retail sales of pet products and services may decline by 17% in 2020, compared with the 5% growth forecast prior to the coronavirus pandemic by market research firm Package Facts.
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Dog, cat food industry suppliers’ pandemic preparations

Through their international operations, pet food ingredient, equipment and other suppliers saw the COVID-19 disease grow from a regional outbreak to a global pandemic.
As the health crisis expanded, these companies prepared and developed contingency plans for various potential scenarios in the markets where they operate.
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Purina acquires UK natural pet food maker Lily’s Kitchen

Nestlé Purina PetCare acquired natural pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen, a UK producer of premium wet and dry natural foods for dogs and cats.
Lily's Kitchen recently expanded into the Middle East and Asia and already has a growing presence in France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.
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How is COVID-19 affecting your pet food business?

Share your experiences in coping with the crisis and find out how the global pet food industry is adjusting.
By sharing how your pet food business is coping with the novel coronavirus crisis, you can contribute and learn how the overall global industry is faring.
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Purina worker positive for COVID-19; Nestle may pay wages

St. Louis-based Purina PetCare’s parent company Nestlé announced that employees worldwide affected by work stoppages would receive full salaries for at least three months.
A worker for Purina PetCare tested positive for the presence of the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.
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FDA to brief animal food industry on COVID-19

FDA will provide an overview of current activities, respond to identified stakeholder concerns, and highlight FDA resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FDA will host a stakeholder call with the pet food and other animal feed industries on Tuesday, March 31 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
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