Tim Wall

Tim Wall covers the pet food industry as a senior reporter with WATT Global Media. Contact Wall via email at twall@wattglobal.com.



Breed-specific dog food for COVID purebred boom

In the United States, growing demand for dog breeds and rising prices may have contributed to a rise in licensed dog breeders in 2020.
Rising prices for popular breeds and a shortage of shelter dogs may mean growth opportunities for breed-specific pet foods in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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70 pets dead; Sportmix High Energy pet food recall grows

The recall of Sportmix High Energy pet food expanded to more than 1,000 lots, according to FDA. Midwestern Pet Foods is based in Evansville, Indiana, USA.
By January 11, more than 70 pets had died after eating Sportmix High Energy pet foods, according to reports submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Top 10 Petfood Industry articles 2020: DCM or pandemic

While 2021 remains unpredictable, these ten articles offer 2020 hindsight about what held pet food producers’ and suppliers’ attention in an unprecedented year.
Two acronyms, DCM and COVID-19, dominated the attention of the global pet food industry in 2020, as measured by the amount of reader attention to Petfood Industry news, feature articles, blogs and other reporting.
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Pet owners describe selves and pets with same emotions

Pet owners generated lists of 39 emotional terms for dogs, ranging from happy to anxious, and 53 terms for cats’ emotions, including calm, happy, angry and fearful.
Scientists identified ranges of animal emotions and associated behaviors, as described by pet owners. Those same pet owners also noted their own emotions while interacting with their pets.
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Map of 31 US dog, cat, other pet food production plants

From American Nutrition’s plant in Woodland, Washington to Sunshine Mills in Dublin, Georgia, those pet food producers appear in the map embedded below.
Petfood Industry’s Top Companies Current Data includes 31 pet food and treat production facilities with addresses listed in the United States.
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28 dog deaths prompt Sportmix High Energy dog food recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials received reports of at least 28 deaths and 8 illnesses in dogs that ate Sportmix High Energy dog food made by Midwestern Pet Foods of Evansville, Indiana, USA.
The company recalled the product, and tests indicated levels of aflatoxin that exceed acceptable limits. FDA agents continue their investigation into the recalled product.
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Lamb kidney may be palatable sub for liver in cat food

While liver was the most palatable raw ingredient in the test, the scientists pointed out limitations to the ingredients' use.
Researchers at Massey University observed distinct differences among cats’ preference for various raw organ meats and co-products from cows and lambs. Likewise, raw ingredients from lamb and beef had different palatability.
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