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Chinese pet food market offers opportunities, challenges

Petfood Forum China 2019 will feature industry experts sharing the latest market information and insights.
At Petfood Forum China 2019, experts will provide updates on the market’s growth, information on new regulations and tips for importing into the country.
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How can science, marketing co-exist in pet food?

Panelists at Petfood Forum discuss what is driving pet food product development
Can science and marketing both win in the pet food industry? Five industry experts tackled this topic during the panel discussion, “Science vs. marketing: What’s driving pet food product development?” during Petfood Forum 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri, last week.
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Dogs and cats readily accept insect-based protein and oil

Dogs readily accepted the kibble with black soldier fly meal at up to 20% inclusion and with insect-based oil at up to 5%.
In feeding trials with both dogs and cats, pet foods made with insect-based ingredients had similar palatability and digestibility to kibble containing conventional pet food protein and oil sources.
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Pet owners purchase products, services from multiple channels

Online shopping for pet products is up, but that doesn’t mean the industry is divided
While most consumers who purchase pet products or services are buying at least some of them online, the internet has not divided the industry into e-commerce vs. brick and mortar store sales, according to David Sprinkle, publisher and research director at Packaged Facts.
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Measuring cats’ food enjoyment can augment consumption data

Bond between cats and their owners can be enriched when cats enjoy their food and treats more.
Because pet parents see feeding as a time to enrich the bond with their cats, measuring a cat’s enjoyment of food and treats can enhance that bond, according to Susan Jojola, Ph.D., manager of applied behavior research at AFB International.
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3 ways the pet food industry can nurture human-animal bond

Veterinarian Katy Nelson gives Petfood Forum attendees 3 challenges to improve pets’ health status
Katy Nelson, veterinarian and host and executive producer of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy,” challenged attendees at Petfood Forum 2019 to three ways they can help strengthen the human-animal bond while improving the health status and lives of pets.
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How to build a better relationship with your color supplier

As pet food manufacturers look to replace synthetic colors with natural alternatives, find out how to work with your color supplier to get the best results.
Pet food manufacturers can do several things to improve their working relationships with their color supplier, according to Katie Rountree of DDW - The Colour House, who spoke Tuesday at Petfood Forum’s Tech Talks in Kansas City, Missouri.
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How premiumization is driving pet food evolution

Pet owners increasingly identify their pets as family members and feed them as such, providing great opportunity for manufacturers to cater to this trend.
Pets are being thought of more than ever as part of the family and demanding the same premium nutrition for their pets as for themselves, leaving much potential for innovation in pet food.
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