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Sydney gets organic restaurant for pets

Owner is a pet nutritionist who says good food can aid pets' health.
Sydney, Australia, has a new restaurant for cats and dogs called Chew Chew featuring organic menu offerings, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The restaurant is run by pet nutritionist Naoko Okamoto and opened in June. Home delivery is also available.
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Procter & Gamble reports increase in fourth quarter sales

Pet care segment records higher net sales and earnings
Procter & Gamble ended its fourth quarter of the fiscal year with net sales of US$18.9 billion, an increase of 5% over the previous year. Overall sales for fiscal year 2010 grew by 3% to US$78.9 billion.
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Central Garden & Pet reports drop in third-quarter sales

Company's pet segment sales increase slightly
Central Garden & Pet saw a 3% drop in its third-quarter sales to US$465 million, compared with 2009 sales of US$482 million. The company's net profits also declined from US$31.1 million in 2009 to US$25.9 million.
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Cranimals receives 'Editor's Choice' award

Zendog Biscuits named award recipient by Pet Product News International
  Cranimals Zendog Biscuits received the "Editor’s Choice" award by Pet Product News International. The Zendog Biscuits debuted in March 2010, as a certified organic cranberry dog biscuit, according to the company.
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Faerch Plast launches new petfood packaging products

Company claims the new packages result in less waste
Faerch Plast launched a range of products for packaging petfoods that are a low cost environmental alternative to tins, according to the company. The containers are produced from Ampet, an ambient polyethylene material developed by Faerch Plast for the packaging of ambient products.
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CDC reports on petfood link to 2008 human Salmonella outbreaks

Cross-contamination from feeding pets in the kitchen may be to blame
Human Salmonellosis outbreaks in 2008 have been potentially traced to dry petfood, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the journal of Pediatrics.  The Salmonellosis outbreak took place between 2006 and 2008, involving 79 cases across 21 states, most among young children.
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Simmons Pet Food acquires Menu Foods Ltd.

Final vote to approve the deal expected in September
Simmons Pet Food acquired Menu Foods Ltd., the operating subsidary of Menu Foods Income Fund. Under the agreement, Simmons Pet Food will acquire Menu Foods Ltd. for approximately US$239 million, including assumption of existing debt.
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AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Conference to be held in Arizona

2010 conference theme is 'Position for Recovery'
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)’s 2010 Equipment Manufacturers Conference will be held at Lowe’s Ventana Canyon Hotel in Tucson, Arizona USA, Nov. 4 - 6. The event is open to designers, builders and installers of equipment used in the production of livestock feed, petfood and related ingredients.
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Mars Petcare US makes cat food donation to Gulf Coast

Second donation from the company to aid LA/SPCA efforts
Mars Petcare US donated more than 15,000 pounds of cat food to southeastern Louisiana USA's Gulf Coast. This was the second donation by Mars to aid the Gulf Coast outreach efforts of the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA).
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AVMA convention attendees give back to the community

Convention showcases new products and allows attendees to help local animal shelters
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)'s annual convention expected an attendance of over 9,000 veterinary professionals looking to expand their knowledge and help local animals, at the event held July 31 through Aug. 3 in Atlanta. The convention offered sessions on topics like animal welfare, food safety, trends in pet ownership and advances in veterinary medicine.
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