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Circadian rhythm pet foods: untapped human trend?

Unlike most human food trends, the pet food industry doesn’t seem to have absorbed the circadian diet yet.
Pet owners now feed their pets the same foods morning and night, often day after day. Could specific formulations address pets’ daily metabolic changes while forging new ranges of time-specific dog, cat and other pet foods?
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Smucker pet food sales down Q2 FY21, up for first half

The contribution from volume/mix primarily reflects growth for cat food and dog snacks driven by Meow Mix and private label cat food, as well as Pup-Peroni and Milk-Bone dog snacks.
In the second quarter of fiscal year 2021, J.M. Smucker pet food net retail sales declined US$1.2 million compared to the same quarter in 2019.
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Clearlake acquires WellPet dog and cat food, treats

WellPet is global supplier of premium pet food and treats with brands including Wellness, Old Mother Hubbard, WHIMZEES, Eagle Pack, Holistic Select, and Sojos.
Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. signed a definitive agreement to acquire WellPet, a maker of several pet food and treat brands.
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Insects accepted, but best unseen in U.S. pet food

U.S. residents stated they were more willing to try feeding their pets a product made with insect flour than dried whole insects.
Pet owners in the U.S. may be ready to accept those insect-based pet foods and treats. Presentation may be crucial, unsurprisingly.
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Albright’s Raw Dog Food recalls 67 cases for Salmonella

One animal illness has been reported. No human illnesses have been reported to date.
Albright’s Raw Dog Food of Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA recalled 67 cases of chicken recipe for dogs because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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Pet food industry stocks beating S&P 500 despite COVID-19

In the first half of 2020, earnings for firms in Cascadia’s pet food industry index increased 40% compared to 14.8% in the first two quarters of 2019.
Several publicly traded pet food companies have outperformed the S&P500 stock market index in 2020, while beating their own growth in 2019.
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Pet adoptions down in pandemic, masked by fosters

Overall, since the onset of the pandemic, dog and cat adoptions declined by 25% compared to the same period last year.
Despite feel-good stories about new pandemic pets and empty shelters, pet adoptions may be declining during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
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