5 leading pet food companies’ top news of 2017

These articles, published in 2017, had the highest numbers of page views for the respective companies.

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The five pet food companies with the largest annual revenues, according to the Petfood Industry Top Companies Database, made news in 2017 with acquisitions, sales reports, lawsuits, consumer relations and new products. These articles, published in 2017, had the highest numbers of page views for the respective companies.

1. Mars Petcare Inc. - US$17,224,400,000 annual revenue in 2016

Mars buys pet hospital operator VCA for US$9.1 billion

Mars, Inc. will buy VCA, a pet hospital operator, for US$9.1 billion including US$1.4 billion of outstanding debt. With the deal, announced January 9, Mars will acquire nearly 800 pet hospitals in the US and Canada.

Page views: 508

2. Nestlé Purina PetCare - US$12,100,000,000 annual revenue in 2016

Purina banks on pet food science, consumer transparency

How long does it take for a pet nutrition concept to be thoroughly researched and developed into a pet food product? If the company doing the research is Nestlé Purina PetCare, it may take from one to as long as 14 years.

Page view: 765

3. Big Heart Pet Brands (J.M. Smucker) - US$2,300,000,000 annual revenue in 2016

Smucker pet food sales helped Q2 FY17 results

J. M. Smucker pet food sales contributed to the company’s increase in net sales during the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Page views: 259

4. Hill's Pet Nutrition - US$2,264,000,000 annual revenue in 2016

Veterinary pet monitor designed for Hill’s dog food

Hill’s Pet Nutrition and AGL collaborated on a wearable pet monitoring system, called Vetrax, that is designed to work in conjunction with Hill’s SmartCare prescription pet food. The monitor provides round-the-clock behavioral information to help veterinarians diagnose and treat pets’ health conditions, including dermatological, weight and mobility conditions that may be correlated to diet.

Page views - 345

5. Blue Buffalo - US$1,149,778,000 annual revenue in 2016

Blue Buffalo faces lawsuit over alleged lead in dog food

Blue Buffalo faces a potential class action lawsuit over the alleged presence of lead in their dog foods, according to southern California US District Court documents.

Page views: 8,103

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