Articles by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

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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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Is it really over?

Recent settlements of lawsuits stemming from the 2007 petfood recalls in the US might cause many in the industry - especially people with the affected companies - to breathe a sigh of relief. But should we believe this crisis is really over? ...
Recent settlements of lawsuits stemming from the 2007 petfood recalls in the US might cause many in the industry - especially people with the affected companies - to breathe a sigh of relief. But should we believe this crisis is really over? Should we want it to be?
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Something To Chew On: Are biofuels the scapegoat?

Proponents of biofuels argue they're getting a bad rap. For example, Brazil has won praise for the success of its sugarcane ethanol industry, which supplies 45% of the country's transportation fuel and is touted as being more environmentally ...
Proponents of biofuels argue they're getting a bad rap. For example, Brazil has won praise for the success of its sugarcane ethanol industry, which supplies 45% of the country's transportation fuel and is touted as being more environmentally friendly and efficient and less expensive to produce than corn-based ethanol.
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The biofuel-petfood connection

Are petfood manufacturers competing with ethanol producers for traditional grain ingredients?
Currently about 25% of the US corn crop goes into ethanol production. A US federal law passed earlier this year mandates a minimum of 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol by 2015—an amount that could use up nearly all of the US crop, according to some experts. The more corn and other grains that go into biofuel, the less there is to feed humans and animals.
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Getting your share of the bounty

Petfood manufacturers worldwide have been dealing with soaring prices for ingredients - especially grain-based ones - for a couple of years. Is the situation likely to improve at all this year?
Petfood manufacturers worldwide have been dealing with soaring prices for ingredients - especially grain-based ones - for a couple of years. Is the situation likely to improve at all this year?
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Global growth continues

Highlights of key growth regions and countries show why the global petfood market is booming
Worldwide retail sales of dog and cat food topped US$45 billion in 2007, according to Euromonitor International. That figure represents a total growth of nearly 43% from the 2002 amount of US$31.57 billion.
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