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Premium kibble bulk refill bins, reusable bags roll out

By reducing the amount of packaging used to transport and distribute kibble, a pet food bag refill system reduces packaging waste and fuel use.

As the company planned expansion to 100 Petco locations, Canidae faced the challenge of keeping pet food fresh in bin systems similar to those used for coffee, jelly beans or other bulk consumables.


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Ukraine wheat, oil disruptions may hit US pet food

Any problems with Ukrainian commodity supplies could exacerbate existing supply chain problems.

Any problems with Ukrainian commodity supplies could exacerbate existing supply chain problems. The Russian market was already unavailable to U.S. pet food exporters, so nothing will change.


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J.M. Smucker dog, cat food sales down US$72 mil Q3 FY22

Smucker’s U.S. retail pet food sales fell to US$696.6 million in the three months ended January 31, from US$768.6 million in the same period of fiscal year 2021.

That decline shrinks to US$5.8 million when US$66.2 million of Natural Balance and private label dry pet food business-related sales are not included in the comparison.



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Assisi Pet Care gets funding, makes Polish acquisition

Harwood, a lower mid-market investor in the U.K., together with Assisi Pet Care CEO Peter Mangion, established Assisi Pet Care in September 2020 as a pet food buy-and-build platform.

The financing package includes a sizeable acquisition facility to enable Assisi to continue its acquisitive growth strategy. 


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Branding pet food ingredients suppliers for consumers

Developing positive relationships directly with consumers could benefit pet food ingredient suppliers.

No one uses an Intel chip by itself, but the company advertises its product to computer buyers. Likewise, pet food ingredient suppliers could use component branding to make consumers aware of their product, develop a brand's reputation and increase transparency.


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Hill’s Pet Nutrition net sales at US$3.311 bil in 2021

In 2021, Hill's Pet Nutrition made up 20% of overall Colgate Palmolive sales worldwide. In particular, Hill’s sales fueled organic growth in the United States and Europe.

Net sales for Colgate Palmolive’s pet segment, essentially Hill’s Pet Nutrition, reached US$3.311 billion last year.


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BarkBox dog food parent plans to expand in food, health

BARK’s BarkEats dog foods are customizable and delivered to pet owners’ homes. The company’s products are also available through online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets, including Target, Walmart and Amazon.

BARK’s BarkEats dog foods are customizable and delivered to pet owners’ homes. The company’s products are also available through online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets, including Target, Walmart and Amazon.


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