Coronavirus and Pets

Read the latest on the impact of human coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak on the pet food industry, supply chains, trade shows, conferences and dog and cat health. To date, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), there is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this human COVID-19 pandemic outbreak or that they become sick. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different companion animals could be affected by the COVID-19 virus.

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Subtle threats to strong spring 2022 pet food growth

While overall pet food industry growth remains strong in 2022, Cascadia Capital analysts noted rising problems with inflation, commodity costs and pet owner’s economic concerns not directly related to the pandemic.

The United States pet food industry continues growing atop the pandemic-fueled surge in pet ownership and premiumization, but some industry analysts warned that the good news may hide weaknesses.


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Hygienic design for food safety to avoid pet food recalls

Food safety isn’t just about individual ingredients or the end products themselves; it’s also (perhaps especially) about the environment that surrounds said ingredients or products.

To reduce the risk of spreading dangerous germs, and the costly lawsuits that accompany them, hygienic design in pet food facilities incorporates nearly every aspect of plant.


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Pandemic pet ownership at 14% 2021, but uneven

Twice as many survey participants said that the pandemic had a positive effect on their pet ownership as negative. However, the influence of the pandemic differed by age and economic groups.

Explore how the increasingly endemic pandemic seems to have continued fueling U.S. pet ownership in 2021.


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US cat food sales neared US$12.1 billion in 2021

U.S. retail sales of cat food reached an estimated US$12.1 billion in 2021, up 6.6% from US$11.4 billion in 2020.

Various social and economic forces had been pushing U.S. pet owners towards cats. Then the pandemic boosted cat ownership rates while encouraging bonding and subsequent premiumization of cat food and treat purchases. 


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