Articles by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Something To Chew On: All eyes on the FDA

After the massive petfood recalls hit the US market last year, many fingers were pointed at the Food and Drug Administration
After the massive petfood recalls hit the US market last year, many fingers - at least those belonging to members of the US Congress, consumers and the media - were pointed at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Why wasn't the agency inspecting all imported materials before they entered the country? Why weren't all US petfood plants inspected regularly?
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Cargill becomes a player

New premium petfood line banks on processing, packaging and channel exclusivity
Cargill is no newcomer to the petfood industry. It has been producing and marketing dog and cat foods under its River Run, Pro Premium and Nutrena brands since the early 1960s. But with the launch of its new Loyall premium line, Cargill is positioning itself to become a significant player in the US petfood business.
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Its the safety, stupid

For the petfood industry - and I would argue not just in the US, but throughout the world - one issue has trumped all others this year: product safety. And that has repercussions for all food products consumed around the globe.
For the petfood industry - and I would argue not just in the US, but throughout the world - one issue has trumped all others this year: product safety. And that has repercussions for all food products consumed around the globe.
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Bringing home success

After prospering overseas, a woman-owned business brings innovation to the US
OmniPro began with a line of superpremium dry foods that has grown to 23 SKUs for all lifestages. The formulations were developed using chicken and rice or lamb and rice as the base, plus other ingredients designed for export to the European Union and other countries with strict regulatory environments for imports. The result was OmniPro Holistic canned foods with unique ingredients such as caviar, sweet potatoes and pheasant.
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Building a legacy

Betting on value, start-up company Pup E. Luv works to make a lasting impact
Partnering with those distributors is a key part of the company's business model. Pup E. Luv doesn't ship directly to retailers, nor does it dictate to whom distributors can ship. Just since last December, Cohen and the distributors have placed Pup E. Love products in 4,000 to 5,000 pet specialty stores. "We're very satisfied with where we're at, but of course we always want more," Gardone says. "The best way for a small company to grow is through distribution."
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