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3 options for insect-based pet food ingredients

To feed the billions of pets and people on Earth, the planet’s millions of insect species may offer solutions for nourishing dogs, cats and other pets with sustainable protein and oil ingredients, especially the three species detailed here.

Among the millions of insect species on Earth, arthropod agriculture has adopted only a few types. Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL), crickets and mealworms are among those few insects raised for use as pet food ingredients.


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Pet food industry stock market revenue peaked in June 2021

Revenue growth in the second half of 2021 didn’t result in profitability.

Pet food industry stocks in one bank’s index grew by 16.2% in 2021, compared to 9.8% in the prior year. Overall, established pet food industry companies yielded higher earnings per share than emerging businesses.


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Inspirational stories help underdog pet food start-ups

Everyone loves an underdog, especially in an industry catering to canines. Pet product start-ups by lower-income groups, ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants and refugees already start off with a strong underdog origin story.

Lower-income groups, ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants and refugees could find business success in the U.S. pet food industry. Their plights are often well-known, yet many feel largely powerless to help. Buying a dog biscuit to help people escape suffering turns a banal buy into a social statement.


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Bison in 36 dog, cat and other pet foods, treats

Bison-based dog, cat and other pet edibles ranged from kibbles and freeze-dried raw diet to treats made from bison by-products like hearts and lungs.

In Petfood Industry’s Pet Food Product Database, 36 pet foods, treats and supplements included American bison (Bison bison) in their descriptions.


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Pet food processing, ingredient, claims research gaps seen

Despite differences among companies by size, new research on certain topics may interest the leaders of all dog, cat and other pet food brands.

Few researchers have stopped to ask if academic and market research provides the specific insights that pet food industry executives feel they need.


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US pet food sales eclipse pandemic spike, keep climbing

By the beginning of this year, pet retail sales had climbed gradually to surpass pandemic highs as dollar sales volume neared US$900 million per four-week period in December 2021.

By the beginning of this year, pet retail sales had climbed gradually to surpass pandemic highs as dollar sales volume neared US$900 million per four-week period in December 2021.


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