Articles by Bruce Plantz

Lamb and lamb's meal use in dry dog food

Lamb and lamb meal became popular in the ‘80s and ’90s with the development of elimination diets to treat food allergies. In the mid ‘90s lamb and rice diets became the fastest growing segment of the market. Today many of the novel protein diets have moved to other protein sources, but lamb and lamb meal are still widely used in dry dog food.
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Soybean hulls and psyllium used as fiber source in pet food

Some ingredients that are a good source of fiber are often viewed by the consumer as filler. Soybean hulls and psyllium fiber both fall into this category and have received bad press, when they are a good source of fiber. The number of pet recipes using these ingredients is small, and they are found primarily in senior or weight control formulas.
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Green tea extract use in dog and cat food

Green tea extract is derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. Dried green tea leaves are used to make the popular hot beverage, and the extracts play a central role in herbal medicine. More recently, purified extracts have found favor as a nutraceutical and food antioxidant preservative. So, how many current dog and cat food recipes are using green tea extract?
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Pet food industry needs to plan for change

While the pet food and pet retail industries have seen years of growth, the industry should not be complacent. A speaker at Petfood Forum outlined some of the challenges the industry could face.
The success of the past decade in the pet food and pet retailing industries may not be sustainable if the industries don’t pay close attention to coming changes. Dave Bolen, former CEO of several major pet retailers and now a retail consultant, told the opening session of Petfood Forum that “I am worried that our success could be a disadvantage to further growth in the pet industry.”
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Passion for animals ties Jackson Galaxy to the pet food industry

Improving the lives of companion animals is common goal of celebrity animal trainer and the pet food industry.
The passion to improve the lives of companion animals is what drives many in the pet food industry. That same passion caused Jackson Galaxy to transform from a part-time musician and animal shelter employee to one of the US’s best known cat behaviorists.
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