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Taking animals out of the pet food equation

Because Animals already has meat-free products on the market, and hopes to be a pioneer in the cultured meat pet food industry under development.

Because Animals already has meat-free products on the market, and hopes to be a pioneer in the cultured meat pet food industry under development.


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Premium trends in new small-mammal, bird pet foods 2021

The same forces shape many aspects of the pet food industry. Bird, small mammal and even backyard poultry are no exception.
Among foods and treats for small mammals and birds, including backyard hen feed, humanization and premiumization trends manifested themselves in various ways.
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Water buffalo by-product dog treats help sustainable farms

Water buffalo by-products, such as horns, lungs and udders, can serve as novel ingredients for dog treats and chews with social benefits and lower environmental impact than other protein sources.
Water buffalo by-products, such as horns, lungs and udders, can serve as novel ingredients for dog treats and chews with social benefits and lower environmental impact than other protein sources.
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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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