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Feces, blood, rusty hooks: FDA warns Pet Center dog treats

Woven mesh bags of bull pizzle dog chews were stacked against an exterior wall of the plant. Animal feces were present atop one such bag. The woven mesh bags containing the bull pizzles were torn open, with finished product exposed to the outside environment.

Some of the violations involved rusty meat hooks, pest feces on bags of finished dog chews, or blood and raw flesh splashed onto finished dog chews.


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Petfood Forum led Marel to enter pet industry, buy Wenger

In late April, Marel agreed to acquire Wenger Manufacturing, a processing equipment manufacturer focused on pet food, plant-based proteins and aqua feed.

After attending Petfood Forum a few years ago, one executive with meat processing equipment maker Marel decided to discuss moving the company into pet food production machinery.


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Pet food plants keep workers who use tech to advise boss

In a survey by RedZone, pay ranked fourteenth on a list of reasons people in manufacturing facilites would stay in a job long term.

Losing opportunities for pet food processing improvement brings an economic toll for companies in the long run.   Making a pet food production-line employee’s life easier also tends to make the job itself more efficient and safer, saving time and money for the business.


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5 Petfood Industry blogs, columns in April 2022

In April 2022, Petfood Industry’s staff and contributors wrote 6 blogs and columns. These articles covered pet food sustainability, supply chain issues and more.

In April 2022, Petfood Industry’s staff and contributors wrote 6 blogs and columns. These articles covered pet food sustainability, supply chain issues and more. 


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Black, minority business potential in US pet food industry

Presenting pet food business and career opportunities to minorities may open new pathways for economic success that many may not have considered.

When a wider range of people work for the company, pet food businesses may benefit from a wider range of viewpoints, opinions, experiences and ideas.


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Pet food marketing via storytelling about health, quality

Ensuring sustainable growth for a pet food company depends on that business’ ability to stay in lockstep with what is new and innovative in the market, and staying relevant.

New pet food product developers aim to fill dog, cat and other pet food company’s innovation funnel with creative products and creative ideas that create new opportunities in the market.


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Pet food format pros and cons: kibble, wet, treats, toppers

Once the dietary goals are established, developers can consider what format would be best, instead of trying to force a nutritional square peg into a round hole.

The form of a new pet product, whether dry kibble, wet or raw, determines many of the available formulation options. Each format has pros and cons.


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Amazon Pet Day launches amid pet food e-commerce boom

Private label pet foods from Amazon and similar products from Chewy may threaten established brands by leveraging online sales platforms to boost visibility.

The promotional event will include sales on a range of pet products including dog and cat foods and treats.


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