Articles by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

US sales still growing

While finding up-to-the-minute data is difficult, one source shows that at least in the US, dog and cat food sales are still growing
While finding up-to-the-minute data is difficult, one source shows that at least in the US, dog and cat food sales are still growing
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Public and proactive

In response to recent crisis and public outcry, the industry is assertively and publicly policing itself, implementing new safety and quality certification programs from Brazil to the US.
In response to recent crisis and public outcry, the industry is assertively and publicly policing itself, implementing new safety and quality certification programs from Brazil to the US.
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Something To Chew On: Keys to new product success

If the continuing growth of our industry is driven by trends such as humanization, health and convenience, those trends are manifest in new product development (NPD), which is exploding around the globe.
If the continuing growth of our industry is driven by trends such as humanization, health and convenience, those trends are manifest in new product development (NPD), which is exploding around the globe.
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Petfood fights inflation

Inflation is becoming a fact of life in just about every region of the world.
Inflation is becoming a fact of life in just about every region of the world. In the US, the consumer price index (CPI) increased 1% from May to June and 5% since June 2007. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks both consumer and producer prices, said the CPI increase was due mainly to sharp spikes in the energy and food indexes (no surprises there). Though the report did not separate out petfood, it specifically cited increases in the indexes for pets, pet products and services.
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Something To Chew On: What it means to be green

I've recently come across information about sustainability that makes me question which efforts and practices are worth it. What is truly sustainable?
Like Kermit the Frog on the popular children's TV show Sesame Street, consumers and manufacturers alike are finding that it's not easy being green. But given our many finite natural resources and the very real economic, technological and ecological limits to what we can develop, we have to start somewhere
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