5 Petfood Industry blogs, columns in December 2022

In December 2022, Petfood Industry’s staff and contributors wrote 5 blogs and columns. These articles covered inflation, ingredient challenges, buying patterns and more.

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Pet food market’s 2022: Mix of good news, bad news

December 1, 2022 – Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Everyone knows change is constant, yet for the last several years, it has come at a dizzying, disruptive pace. After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and its many horrors in 2020, 2021 seemed to just build on that angst and chaos. Due to the resulting economic and supply chain issues, exacerbated by a significant war, 2022 hasn’t been much better.

Buying patterns by pet food type

December 1, 2022 – David Sprinkle

As reported in Packaged Facts’ new study on “Pet Food in the U.S.,” historical usage rates make evident several to pline trends in pet food and the handmaiden pet treats category.


New pet food ingredient challenges if US expands biofuels

December 6, 2022 – Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

In this age of climate change, inflation, war and high fuel prices, biofuels created from commodity crops like soybeans and corn would seem to check a lot of boxes and solve several problems. Yet, no solution is perfect, and the U.S. government’s mandates to convert such crops and other foodstuffs into diesel biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) epitomize how the best intentions can still create unintended consequences and negative ripple effects.


Pet food inflation, producer costs: Seeking silver lining

December 15, 2022 – Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

It’s come to this: U.S. pet food inflation is still rising, but I’m trying to find any bright spots in this continuing bleak scene, so I feel compelled to point out that it didn’t rise by as much in November 2022 as it did the previous two months.On the other hand, producer prices increased for dry dog food—the largest category of pet food in the U.S. market—and typically, those increases eventually show up in retail prices. Thus, the pet food inflation outlook is still looking pretty dark.


By-products can be called upcycled pet food ingredients

December 20, 2022 – Tim Wall

Rendering by-products into pet food ingredients reduces food waste and makes more efficient use of the resources needed to produce human foods. Rebranding these products as upcycled could aid acceptance by pet owners.

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