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Pandemic hampers pet food delivery, retail availability

The majority of respondents, 37% as of early April, selected employee safety and health as the number 1 challenge to their pet food company.
Petfood Industry is conducting a global survey of professionals working for dog, cat and other pet food companies, ingredient or equipment suppliers, packaging manufacturers and others.
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Sales high, but pet owners stock months of dog, cat food

U.S. pet owners may have bought enough supplies to last months, so a brick-and-mortar retail sales dip may be coming.
Pet food industry analysts observed U.S. retail sales dramatically increase during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly of dry kibble, as pet owners changed buying habits to build stockpiles.
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Pet food industry supply chain intact during COVID-19

Although many pet food industry suppliers have prepared for the pandemic, there will still be increased costs and transportation difficulties in the supply chain.
As of the beginning of April, much of the pet food production supply chain remained intact, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 virus replicates in cats, transmits cat-to-cat

However, the experimental conditions did not duplicate those found in the home of a pet owner infected with the virus.
The scientists conducted similar experiments with dogs, pigs, chickens, ferrets and ducks. The virus could replicate in ferrets and cats, and could transmit from cat to cat.
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4% growth forecast for 2020 pet food sales, down from 6%

Pet food sales will reflect, as occurred in the Great Recession, some trading down to value and store brands.
Total U.S. retail sales of pet products and services may decline by 17% in 2020, compared with the 5% growth forecast prior to the coronavirus pandemic by market research firm Package Facts.
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Dog, cat food industry suppliers’ pandemic preparations

Through their international operations, pet food ingredient, equipment and other suppliers saw the COVID-19 disease grow from a regional outbreak to a global pandemic.
As the health crisis expanded, these companies prepared and developed contingency plans for various potential scenarios in the markets where they operate.
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Purina acquires UK natural pet food maker Lily’s Kitchen

Nestlé Purina PetCare acquired natural pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen, a UK producer of premium wet and dry natural foods for dogs and cats.
Lily's Kitchen recently expanded into the Middle East and Asia and already has a growing presence in France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.
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