Articles by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Something To Chew On: Sustainability comes to petfood

Results of a Petfood Industry survey on sustainability are similar to those of other studies of global business leaders
A group called the Social Investment Forum issued a report earlier this year showing a more than 33% increase in the number of leading publicly traded US companies reporting on their sustainability initiatives. Specifically, 66 of the firms in the S&P 100 in 2008 issued a formal sustainability report with performance data, compared with 49 companies producing such a report in 2007. 
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Three Dog Bakery bounds into pet stores

The company builds on its boutique business with three new lines for pet stores, including baked dog food and treats
"I always joke with our employees: It's not the best business model to say no over and over to people who want to buy your products." That's how Scott Ragan, president and "chief dog lover" of Three Dog Bakery, explains the impetus for the company's first foray into selling its baked foods and treats outside its bakery franchises.
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Mars starts with the pet

A passion for pets and 'petcentric' mindset drive all new products and initiatives for Mars Petcare US
In the current economic environment, the opening of a new manufacturing facility is worth celebrating. Add in that the plant is located in the middle of the US (where manufacturing has been steadily declining), it's received  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design  (LEED) certification and it will manufacture a new but already successful line of products, and you can understand why plant owner  Mars  Petcare US is proud.
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Consumers in charge

Industry professionals and others offer perspectives on dealing with educated and empowered pet owners
Industry professionals and others offer perspectives on dealing with educated and empowered pet owners
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Something to Chew On: Petfood's launch party

A flurry of new products, brands and line extensions show our industry is no stranger to innovation
A trip to Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida, USA, in late March provided tangible proof that the pet industry has weathered the recession well and is set for a strong year. There were definitely more people-pet retail store buyers, exhibiting pet product manufacturers and others-than at least year's event, and a palpable buzz filled the aisles and air.
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