6 Petfood Industry blogs, columns in March 2023

These articles covered consumer views, pet food ingredients, pet food-human mergers and more.

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The dog and cat food and treats market continues to grow in spite of its mature status. anastas I iStock.com
The dog and cat food and treats market continues to grow in spite of its mature status. anastas I iStock.com
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Consumer pet food safety views shaped by brands, regulators

March 1, 2023 – Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Many hours, efforts, dollars and brainpower go into pet food companies’ and regulatory bodies’ efforts to ensure that products on the market are safe and healthy for pets. For example, compliance to the Food Safety Modernization Act constitutes a significant portion of safety and quality managers’ responsibilities. That includes preparing for inspections by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its partnering state agencies.


Loyalty issues in pet food

March 1, 2023 – David Sprinkle

The current “omnimarket” landscape in the pet industry — which includes the availability of a perplexing array of products from a multiplicity of convenient sources — means that marketers must compete aggressively and substantively for consumer mindshare and customer loyalty.


Novel pet food ingredients call for consumer education

March 9, 2023 – Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

While numerous consumer surveys over the past several years have shown pet owners becoming more interested in alternative proteins and various functional ingredients in the pet foods they buy, a new report indicates education may be in order for some people to consider feeding their beloved pets these substances.


More food for thought on pet food-human food mergers

March 14, 2023 – Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

In a recent blog post, I speculated about why some pet food and human food mergers turn out well – think General Mills buying Blue Buffalo, plus Mars’ and Nestle Purina’s many acquisitions of smaller pet food players – while others, well, don’t. J.M Smucker’s divesture of many of its pet food and treat brands earlier this year, followed by meat giant BRF’s plan to sell its pet food businesses less than two years after acquiring them, prompted my ruminations.


Cell-based meat’s sustainability complex for pet food

March 15, 2023 – Tim Wall

While future developments in cellular agriculture may be able to beat conventional livestock at resource conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, current technologies have limited environmental sustainability credibility.


Pet food producer prices stabilize, retail prices still up

March 27, 2023 – Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

When it comes to ongoing pet food inflation, there’s good news and bad news. The good: In the U.S., pet food producer prices have declined year over year (YOY), with an increase of 10.5% in February 2023 over February 2022. That was down from January 2023’s 12.5% YOY increase. The bad news is that pet food retail prices remain stubbornly high, not only in the U.S. but also in many other markets. The U.S. February 2023 YOY figure was 15.2%, following 15.1% in January and 15.2% in December 2022.
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