Articles by Tim Wall

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4 main areas pandemic affects pet food, supply business

Pet owners have shifted significantly towards e-commerce during the pandemic. Pet ownership in the United States increased during the early stages of the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the pet food industry has been wide ranging and hard to fully comprehend. Focusing on four main areas allows one to make better sense of it.
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Plant-based ingredient R&D center open to pet food makers

Buhler’s newly opened Food Application Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, currently focuses on human food, but the Center’s director is open to working with pet food makers too.
The Center could be particularly useful in the development of sustainable plant-based ingredients for dog, cat and other pet foods.
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Partner in Pet Food acquiring Doggy pet food company

From its base in Hungary, Partner in Pet Food is a European private-label pet food producer, supplying international and local retailers in 38 countries.
Partner in Pet Food, based in Budapest, Hungary, announced the acquisition of Swedish pet food manufacturer Doggy and its brands Bozita, Bozita Robur and Doggy & Mjau from Lithuania-based investment company NDX Group.
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Blue Buffalo new wet foods, treat ads planned for FY21

Blue Buffalo retail sales increased double digits in FY20 considering all channels, likewise gaining market share, Jeff Harmening, chairman and chief executive officer said in the call.
Following strong sales in the rest of fiscal year 2020, General Mills’ Blue Buffalo experienced a similar sales trajectory during the COVID-19 pandemic to that of many other pet food brands.
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Smucker recalls canned cat food for choline chloride

These products are most commonly sold in pet specialty retailers and online throughout the United States and Canada.
The J. M. Smucker Company announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula canned cat food due to health concerns likely associated with elevated levels of choline chloride.
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By 2024, e-commerce pet product sales may be top channel

By 2024, industry analysts forecast that e-commerce will become the top retail sales channel for pet products.
Two major players in the pet food e-commerce space, Chewy.com and Amazon, lead online sales with three quarters of the market and seem likely to maintain that dominance.
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Confront DCM with dog food supplements, DNA tests

Geneticists have examined DCM in dogs, looking for unknown connections to the heart disease.
While scientists still have much to learn about what causes dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs, pet food companies do have tools to deal with DCM while researchers look for answers.
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Diet, genetics play roles in canine DCM; Mysteries remain

The ultimate causes of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) may be diverse, complex and specific to each case, as opposed to a simple cause and effect with certain grain-free dog foods.
Among more than 150 published studies related to DCM, researchers didn’t find any firm connection among cases of DCM and grain-free dog food.
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