Articles by Tim Wall

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Upcycled pet food ingredient certification requirements

Co-products, or by-products, have served as ingredients in pet food for decades. However, consumers don’t always think of these ingredients in terms of environmental and economic sustainability.

Upcycling is a new word for something the pet food industry has done for a long time, using human food products that would have otherwise gone to waste.


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Criteria for choosing extruded dog, cat food ingredients

Nutrition, processability and other practical concerns, along with sustainability and marketability influence the choices pet food formulators make when developing recipes.

Certain criteria influence why pet food formulators choose specific ingredients for new recipes to be processed in extruders.


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Tuffy’s Pet Foods recalls Pure Vita Salmon dog food

The manufacturer of the affected product has identified and isolated the error and corrective actions are in progress to prevent this from happening again.

The manufacturer of the affected product has identified and isolated the error and corrective actions are in progress to prevent this from happening again.


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Label pea-protein cat food as not for ferrets, vet says

Cat food makers may be able to help ferret owners by labeling their product as not for ferrets, if it contains pea protein.

During the past decade, one veterinarian has observed a rise in the prevalence of cystine urolithiasis, a type of bladder stone, especially during the past five years.


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Cost may hinder fresh dog, cat food sales growth

Price was the primary block to fresh pet food purchasing. Forty-four percent of survey respondents stated that they didn’t buy fresh because it was too expensive.

Dry kibble remains the most frequently bought dog and cat food, but pet owners’ choice of that format may be driven by price and presence in stores more than preference.


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Dog food brand usage 2013-2021; Premium up, standard down

Overall, kibble remained a nearly ubiquitous product in U.S. dog owners’ homes, with approximately 94% of U.S. dog owners using kibble consistently for the past decade.

Over time, some dog food and treat brands have grown faster than others, while some have declined in usage rate among U.S. pet owners.


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