Tim Wall

Tim Wall is a staff reporter at WATT Global Media. Contact Wall via email at twall@wattglobal.com.

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US pet food sales hit US$36.9 billion in 2019, says APPA

Pet food and treats made up the largest portion of the total with 2019 sales of US$36.9 billion, led by dog and cat food.
American Pet Products Association (APPA) analysts calculated that sales of pet products and services in the United States reached US$95.7 billion in 2019.
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J.M. Smucker pet food sales declined 5% in Q3 FY20

Although, Smucker’s pet segment profit declined, the loss was mitigated somewhat by an US$8.1 million recovery from a legal settlement.
Smucker pet food and treat segment profit dropped by 1% to US$146. Natural Balance brand and private label dog food were largely responsible for the decline, along with Rachael Ray Nutrish.
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Human, pig, rooster nutrition studies inform pet food

Comparative nutrition research may help pet food formulators understand the effects of ingredients or whole diets on the health of dogs, cats and other animals.
Scientists use data from studies on other animals, including Homo sapiens, to inform her own work on dogs and cats.
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Nestle Purina PetCare sales neared US$14 billion in FY19

While all Nestlé’s product categories saw positive organic sales growth, the largest contribution came from Purina PetCare and its premium brands Purina Pro Plan and Purina ONE.
Purina PetCare sales reached US$13,955 (CHF13,622 billion) in FY19, representing organic growth of 7%.
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2 top concerns of pet food businesses in 2020

Question: In the coming year, will production activities in your pet food business be hampered?
In the ongoing Petfood Industry Confidence Index, two issues topped respondents’ concerns about potential impediments to their pet food businesses in the coming year.
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Happy Hounds recalled raw dog food in UK for bacteria

On February 7 in the United Kingdom, Happy Hounds recalled a range of its frozen raw dog food products on a precautionary basis because they may pose a risk to human and animal health.
Sampling undertaken by Happy Hounds has identified elevated levels of bacteria indicating a potential risk. A withdrawal and recall have been actioned by the company.
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UK pet food market forecast at GBP2.9 bil in 2020

58% dog food buyers aged 16-24 believe it is healthier to limit red meat in their dogs’ diets, compared to just 30% of dog food buyers aged 45+.
Mintel’s analysts surveyed 2,000 pet owners in the United Kingdom in May 2019. 40% dog food buyers aged 16-24 are in favor of regularly dishing up plant-based meals, compared to just 21% of owners aged 55+.
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Hill’s Pet Nutrition pet food net sales up 8% in Q4 2019

Successful products contributing to sales in the United States include the relaunched Hill’s Science Diet (with upgraded recipes, improved kibble shapes and redesigned package graphics), Hill's Treats and Hill's Prescription Diet Gastrointestinal Biome.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition net sales increased 8.0% during the fourth quarter of calendar year 2019. Pet food sales volume gains in the United States and Western Europe were partially offset by volume declines in Japan and South Africa.
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