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Walmart aims for premium pet food, services market

Mass premiumization of pet food reached a new level as the ultimate in big box stores, Walmart introduced a line of premium pet foods, PRO+, to the retailers’ Pure Balance line.
Mass premiumization of pet food reached a new level as the ultimate in big box stores, Walmart introduced a line of premium pet foods, PRO+, to the retailers’ Pure Balance line.
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FDA plan for pet food facility inspections post-pandemic

FDA released a report on their inspection activity during the pandemic, “Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspectional Oversight,” with projections for a return to normal pet food facility inspection routines.
FDA released a report on their inspection activity during the pandemic, “Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspectional Oversight,” with projections for a return to normal pet food facility inspection routines.
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Innovative packaging designs for inventive pet food

Pet food packaging designers must anticipate pet owners’ reactions to their graphics and colors.

As brand loyalty declines and product diversity increases, pet food packaging needs to grab eyes both in physical stores and online, where shelf placement no longer helps to differentiate products. 


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4 most common recall causes for US dog, cat, pet food

During the past decade in the pet food industry, pathogen related recalls were among the most frequent. Along with direct contamination by microorganisms such as Salmonella, ingredients tainted by fungal mycotoxins, like aflatoxin, have caused pet food recalls.

During the past decade in the pet food industry, pathogen related recalls were among the most frequent. Along with direct contamination by microorganisms such as Salmonella, ingredients tainted by fungal mycotoxins, like aflatoxin, have caused pet food recalls.


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Tips for pet food recall rehearsal and preparation

The fundamentals matter in pet food recall preparation, and the bedrock is a plan.
Data management is critical in a pet food recall program. A data-driven recall program can provide more than just a means to trace a specific lot of a certain ingredient.
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Dog, cat food average price growth may exceed 4% annually

Increased spending on pet food often comes from buying higher priced, premium and superpremium formulations.
During the ongoing pandemic, global pet food sales remained strong and even increased, despite the unprecedented economic downturn and unemployment caused by COVID-19. However, that growth wasn’t evenly distributed globally or economically, which increased opportunities for premiumization of pet food.
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CBD didn’t reduce fearful behavior, hormones in dogs

To observe the dogs’ behaviors, the researchers video taped the experiment and counted the amount of time dog’s spent with ears relaxed, ears erect, tail stiff and other movements associated with fear or relaxation.

To observe the dogs’ behaviors, the researchers videotaped the experiment and counted the amount of time dog’s spent with ears relaxed, ears erect, tail stiff and other movements associated with fear or relaxation.


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German pet population up 1 million in 2020

Cats remained the most popular pets in Germany in 2020, making up 52% of the population.

Cats remained the most popular pets in Germany in 2020, making up 52% of the population. Overall, 47% of German households included a pet in 2020, an increase of nearly one million animals over 2019.


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