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Pet owners plan to stick with e-commerce post-pandemic

Less than half said they planned to usually continue shopping in-person at brick-and-mortar locations both now and after the pandemic.

Even after a hypothetical end to the pandemic, many pet owners plan to continue purchasing products online and have the pet food, treats and other items shipped to their homes.

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Boomer, millennial owners lost pets for different reasons

The younger age groups showed more variability. Baby Boomers had different reasons for losing pets than Gen Z or millennials.

Pet ownership may not have changed for two-thirds of American pet owners surveyed in late 2021. However, for those who did lose or gain a pet, the person’s age may have influenced their decision.

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Retest of soy, corn and peanut byproducts for pet food

Researchers tested soy flakes, peanut flour, soybean meal and corn gluten meal for the digestibility of the amino acids contained in the byproducts.

Byproducts from seeds and grains have traditionally been used in pet foods as sustainable, inexpensive and protein-rich ingredients.

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Cat food subscriptions fueled by convenience, pandemic

Some established pet food companies launched or acquired subscriptions services. New companies emerged to deliver dog and cat foods to customers’ homes on a regular basis.

Direct-to-consumer pet food sales had already been gaining momentum prior to the COVID-19’s appearance, but dog food subscription services outnumbered those for cat food.

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Pet food inflation arrives in Latin America

After remaining relatively low in countries like Mexico, pet food inflation started rising in fall 2021.

Pet food inflation was relatively low in Mexico for most of 2021, then soared in the last four months to an annualized 9.1%; in Brazil, it rose 23%.

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Antibiotic-resistant germs grown from pet food in Europe

Antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus bacteria, including vancomycin-resistant strains, most frequently infect hospital patients and people with immune system issues.

Microbiologists grew antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus bacteria found in pet foods bought in Europe. Although pet food hasn’t been documented passing these germs to people, a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes could be created in the gut of dogs.

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