Articles by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Something to Chew On: Filling the gap

There's a disconnect between consumers' confidence in petfoods and their knowledge of what makes the foods nutritious
Here's some good news for our industry, courtesy of a survey recently commissioned by Petco : Nearly 80% of US pet owners say they feel confident their pets' food is healthy and nutritious. The bad news? Only 43% of respondents say they understand how to evaluate the nutritional value of the food by looking at the ingredients on the label, and only 41% know which ingredients are most nutritious.
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Petfood goes green

Manufacturers and suppliers are opening or retrofitting sustainable facilities
When our industry looks back at 2009, we might consider it the year of the greening of petfood, at least in the US. This year has seen the opening of several new or retrofitted US facilities-plants and office buildings, for manufacturers and suppliers-designed to be more environmentally friendly.
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Tasty and healthy

Many of today's palatants also deliver nutritional or functional benefits to petfood
When it comes to what they put in their pets' bowls, today's consumers demand the best quality and nutrition. That means petfood manufacturers and suppliers must develop and select every ingredient and component of a formulation for maximum effect.
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Something To Chew On: Flip side of human-pet bond

As an industry, are we missing a huge opportunity to take advantage of another aspect of the human-pet bond?
Humanization. The human-animal bond. Pets as family members. For several years now we've all heard, and used, these phrases as reasons for the petfood industry's continued growth, especially in developed markets.
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Rising petfood powers

Brazil and Russia are claiming a spot among the world's elite, with Thailand, Romania and others showing rapid growth
Brazil and Russia are claiming a spot among the world's elite, with Thailand, Romania and others showing rapid growth
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Something To Chew On: Let's have a debate

Regardless of where you side on the grain-free debateor any other trend or issue affecting the industry-you can join the discussion, too. Just go to Petfood-Connection.com
Regardless of where you side on the grain-free debateor any other trend or issue affecting the industry—you can join the discussion, too. Just go to Petfood-Connection.com
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A breed apart

Its cutting-edge processing and safety technology makes Stella & Chewy's stand out - and not just in the raw petfood sector
Its cutting-edge processing and safety technology makes Stella & Chewy's stand out—and not just in the raw petfood sector
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