10 blogs, columns in September 2019: Grain-free, DCM, China

AAFCO meeting notes, age-specific pet foods and Blue Buffalo were subjects of Petfood Industry blogs and feature columns in September 2019.

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Grain Free Pet Food Backlash

Petfood Industry contributors wrote 10 blogs and columns about canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), China’s pet food trends, U.S. pet food sales and other topics.

Grain-free pet food backlash: The influences and irony

September 9, 2019 - Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Pet food product development goes in cycles, shaped by human food trends, market demands and pet owner concerns. With grain free, irony plays a role, too.

Chinese pet food trends are catching up to global market

September 5, 2019 - Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Pet food sales in the grain-free and condition-specific categories are rising in China, while packaging, marketing and pet technology grow more sophisticated.

AAFCO holds annual meeting, part 1: Pet Food Committee

September 9, 2019 - David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN

The Pet Food Committee covered a lot of ground, including regulatory considerations and the formation of a new working group, at the latest AAFCO.

Puppy and kitten pet food formulas deserve a revival

September 7, 2019 - David Sprinkle

Pet food sales trends show significant room for growth when it comes to specialized kitten and puppy food formulations.

‘BEG’ pet food and DCM, part 2: Is veterinary bias at play?

September 10, 2019 - Ryan Yamka

Canine DCM has been a hot pet food topic for the past year. Let’s look deeper into the latest FDA investigation update and if veterinary bias may play a role.

Cat trends at SuperZoo: A microcosm of dog food trends

September 11, 2019 - Lindsay Beaton

As cat ownership increases and pet owners become more particular, trends familiar in the dog space showed up at SuperZoo 2019 in the cat products market, too.

Coconut meal for dog and cat diets: Is this a good option?

September 11, 2019 - Greg Aldrich, PhD

Coconut meal could be a novel starch source in pet food diets for dogs and cats.

Pet food retailers on frontline with consumers’ DCM fears

September 11, 2019 - Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Concerned about grain-free pet food’s possible link to DCM, dog owners have turned to not only veterinarians and pet food brands, but also to retailers.

Blue Buffalo continues shift away from pet specialty

September 18, 2019 - Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Blue Buffalo was once the pet food darling of pet specialty, but before and since being acquired by General Mills, it has moved more to mass and e-commerce.

US pet food spending update: 2018 not so great after all

September 25, 2019 - Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

New federal pet food spending data for 2018 now show a decline. A bright spot is that younger pet owners are growing in number and spending more.

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