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Silver carp dog foods rebrand invasive Asian carp

While the fish technically originated in Asia, there is no such species as an Asian carp. A few pet food companies have avoided confusion by focusing on silver carp in their dog food.
While the fish technically originated in Asia, there is no such species as an Asian carp. A few pet food companies have avoided confusion by focusing on silver carp in their dog food.
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Don’t ‘oversell’ insect protein sustainability, nutrition

When scientists reviewed what research there is on insect-based ingredients in dog and cat foods, they found only two studies have evaluated how insect-based dog foods effect the nutritional status and health of dogs and none on cats.
More research will help formulators best use insect-based pet food ingredients and understand the ecological repercussions of doing so.
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Insect protein demand in pet food may be 165k tons by 2030

As a pet food ingredient, insect meal can serve as an alternative protein source for dogs and cats with allergies or sensitivities.

The pet food market currently accounts for the largest share of demand for insect protein and is likely to remain one of the largest, one industry professional said.

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Sweet potato bred for natural pet food colorant

Developing natural colorants can take work. A pet food ingredient supplier needed to breed their own plants when they needed a particular color.

Pet food colorants may influence people more than dogs or cats, and as such colorants play a role in positioning a natural pet food product.

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Ancient dog diet Ω fatty acids: the eyes have it, guts too

Eyes and brains likely provided omega-3 fatty acids to dogs’ ancestors, but those organ tissues are not used in many byproduct pet food ingredients.
Eating what unfussy hunters and gathers eschewed, such as rodent eyes, may have provided sources of vital nutrients to dogs during domestication, including omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), along with omega-6 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid (ALA).
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3 roadblocks to plant-based pet food ingredients

Dogs, cats and other pet food manufacturers can meet pets’ nutritional requirements, while still delivering a plant-based food to consumers, but it has to be properly formulated.
Three factors can stand in the way of acceptance of plant-based proteins as pet food ingredients. Dog and cat owners won't sacrifice taste and texture for their pets when converting to plant-based products.
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Coastal wolves, ancient clambakes and paleo dog food

Human food trends arose from people’s intentions to eat as our Paleolithic, or Stone Age, ancestors did, and these trends transferred to pet food.
For dogs, the paleo diet can mean meat and other items encountered around human camps during domestication. Although “discarded loincloth” will never become a dog food variety, other ancient flavors may remain to be revived as dog foods.
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Natural antioxidant curcumin in dog food may boost health

A team of Brazilian researchers at Santa Catarina State University (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina) experimented with producing dog food using curcumin to replace synthetic antioxidants.
The scientists concluded that curcumin improved animal health by stimulating the antioxidant system and having an anti-inflammatory effect.
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Novel pet food ingredients 2020: whisky, wood, possum, TCM

In 2020, pet food makers and marketers learned about these 10 novel pet food ingredients in Petfood Industry.
From algae grown on pot ale, a co-product of the Scottish whisky industry, to torula yeast grown on wood product left-overs, a range of potential novel ingredients emerged in 2020, despite the pandemic. To the contrary, the pandemic increased pet owner awareness of health issues, and that focus expanded to pet foods, treats and supplements made with phytonutrient-rich plants and functional ingredients.
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