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How is shark in pet food despite Mars, Purina standards?

A 2019 study found DNA from two shark species in pet foods sold in the United States. More recently, researchers identified shark genetic material in cat foods purchased in Singapore.

Neither Mars Petcare not Nestlé Purina PetCare use sharks in any of their recipes. Both have supply chain protocols that should screen out ingredients made with sharks, along with other endangered species.


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Russian pet industry opposes Ukraine invasion, wants trade

In December of 2021, Russian facilities produced 125 thousand tons of pet food, up 17.3% from December 2020 and 11.8% higher than November 2021.

Russian pet food makers stated their opposition to the invasion of Ukraine through their national pet industry business-to-business publication, Zooinform.


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Pet retail traffic up 2019-2022, Petco gains on PetSmart

Analysts believe visit-share data indicates Petco may be gaining on PetSmart’s lead in foot traffic.

Learn why analysts believe visit-share data indicates Petco may be gaining on PetSmart’s lead in foot traffic. More people are returning to brick-and-mortar pet specialty retail outlets.


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Canada imports of US pet food grew 36% 2016-2021

From 2016 to 2021, 90% or more of Canada’s total pet food imports consistently came from their southern neighbor, according to figures from the Pet Food Association of Canada (PFAC).

For years, Canada’s pet food imports have mainly come from the United States, while growing in both value and volume. Learn more about how much of Canada’s total pet food imports consistently came from their southern neighbor.


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Freshpet fresh pet food sales hit US$425 mil in 2021

For full year 2022, the company forecast net sales of more than US$575 million, an increase of approximately 35% from 2021.

Freshpet sales in 2021 were driven by velocity, distribution gains and innovation. For 2022, the company forecast net sales of more than US$575 million.


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Asian insect-based pet foods boosted by US, Europe trends

Singaporean urban professionals may avoid eating crickets for the same reason New York yuppies eschew deep-fried chitlins. Insect-based pet foods found a different route to acceptance in Singapore.

Anecdotes about grilled grubs bought in Bangkok may help market insect-based ingredients to Western audiences. However, upper-class Southeast Asian households may tend to avoid bugs on their plates. Insect-based pet foods found a different route to acceptance in Singapore.


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Shark DNA found in 32 cat foods: Sheba, Whiskas, Kit Cat…

The CITES Appendix II listed silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) was the second most frequently encountered species in the pet foods.

Scientists suggested that endangered silky sharks and other species ended up in pet foods. However, the researchers couldn’t determine the route by which the shark meat made its way into the pet food supply chain.


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Smucker plans for dog treat, cat food growth

Smucker anticipates the company’s total dog snacks portfolio to grow to US$1 billion in annual net sales over the next 3 years, reflecting US$100 million of growth.

Smucker’s CEO expects accelerated growth for pet snacks driven by Milk-Bone, along with continued momentum of the cat food business led by Meow Mix.


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