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Gas, commodity prices, inflation affect pet owner shopping

An ongoing war, pandemic and supply chain disruptions may continue affecting the pet food industry, as the ‘20s continue to be a tumultuous decade.

On the heels of the lingering pandemic, which dramatically increased pet owners' use of e-commerce, high gasoline prices have added another factor encouraging pet owners to shop from home and reduce trips to the store. Likewise, inflation may influence pet food and treat purchases, along with rising commodity prices.


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How is shark in pet food despite Mars, Purina standards?

A 2019 study found DNA from two shark species in pet foods sold in the United States. More recently, researchers identified shark genetic material in cat foods purchased in Singapore.

Neither Mars Petcare not Nestlé Purina PetCare use sharks in any of their recipes. Both have supply chain protocols that should screen out ingredients made with sharks, along with other endangered species.


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Russian pet industry opposes Ukraine invasion, wants trade

In December of 2021, Russian facilities produced 125 thousand tons of pet food, up 17.3% from December 2020 and 11.8% higher than November 2021.

Russian pet food makers stated their opposition to the invasion of Ukraine through their national pet industry business-to-business publication, Zooinform.


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Pet retail traffic up 2019-2022, Petco gains on PetSmart

Analysts believe visit-share data indicates Petco may be gaining on PetSmart’s lead in foot traffic.

Learn why analysts believe visit-share data indicates Petco may be gaining on PetSmart’s lead in foot traffic. More people are returning to brick-and-mortar pet specialty retail outlets.


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Canada imports of US pet food grew 36% 2016-2021

From 2016 to 2021, 90% or more of Canada’s total pet food imports consistently came from their southern neighbor, according to figures from the Pet Food Association of Canada (PFAC).

For years, Canada’s pet food imports have mainly come from the United States, while growing in both value and volume. Learn more about how much of Canada’s total pet food imports consistently came from their southern neighbor.


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