Articles by Tim Wall


US cat food sales neared US$12.1 billion in 2021

U.S. retail sales of cat food reached an estimated US$12.1 billion in 2021, up 6.6% from US$11.4 billion in 2020.

Various social and economic forces had been pushing U.S. pet owners towards cats. Then the pandemic boosted cat ownership rates while encouraging bonding and subsequent premiumization of cat food and treat purchases. 

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Global pet food production up 8.2% in 2021, Asia led

Globally, pet food production increased 8.2% in 2021. No regions reported declines in pet food production.

No regions reported declines in pet food production. Worldwide, pet food and other animal feed manufacturers may have rebounded more quickly than expected from the effects of the pandemic in 2021.

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Global consumer trends translating into pet food 2022

Market research firm Euromonitor International’s analysts examined the potential for various cultural phenomenon to influence consumers’ buying tendencies, especially the effects of the pandemic.

Discover the five trends most related to pet food, which involved changing retail sources, ethical aspects of purchasing, wellness and e-commerce for seniors.

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Plant oils in pet food: olive, soy, coconut and sunflower

From a pet food perspective, the palatability of diets containing sunflower oil is well liked by dogs, but not as well received by cats.

Several types of plant oil have been covered in Ingredients Issues and evaluated for their use in dog, cat and other pet food formulations

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Mars Petcare to acquire Nom Nom fresh, delivered pet food

The brand will operate independently within Mars' Royal Canin divisio​n.

Personalized pet food formulations also attempt to meet animals’ specific health needs. Home delivery pet food companies offer customized feeding options, such as quantity and frequency, and preference options, including specific ingredients to use or avoid. 

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Stop fake news, beliefs about dog and cat food with games

Games may help inoculate both pet owners and those in the industry from inaccuracies and prepare pet owners to debunk fake pet food news on their own.

From dilated cardiomyopathy to by-products to pentobarbital, a wide range of topics in the pet food industry have spawned their own sets of rumors and false beliefs. Along with these specific myths, pet owners often harbor wider misunderstandings about pet food formulation, processing and regulation.

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No confirmed human disease from raw pet food worldwide

The scientists’ findings cast doubt on a basic tenant of raw pet food use, that raw pet foods should be kept away from people’s food spaces and utensils.

Scientists classified eleven households as having experienced “probable” transmission, and 20 households experienced “possible” transmission.

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Coconut, spinach, 3 more plant superfoods in pet recipes

Although there’s no legal or medical definition of a superfood, these ingredients became especially popular in premium and superpremium pet foods and treats.

The rising popularity of plant superfoods in pet food corresponds to people’s demands for farm produce that produces health results in their own diets.

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