Monday, May 25, 2015

New company involving Kay Flo animal nutrients assets forms

The animal nutrients business formerly run under third-generation company Kay Flo, has been reorganized under a new name, Kay Dee LLC.
A.W. Lohry founded Kay Dee Feed in 1928, which evolved into Kay Flo in the 1970s. Eric Lohry, A.W. Lohry’s grandson, has acquired all assets of the animal nutrients business, which now encompasses a family of brands that includes Nutraferma, Kay Dee Feed, UltraPhos, NF Protein and DPS.
“We are excited to be able to build upon a long tradition of customer focus, product innovation and intensive research and development,” Eric Lohry said. “Our single mission now will be to create technologically advanced and research-proven products for the animal feed industry.”
Kay Dee LLC was formed in concurrence with the sale of Kay Flo, which was announced on May 18. Kay Dee LLC will retain all related animal nutrient companies, product lines and facilities.
Lohry said the sale of the fertilizer side of the business will allow the newly formed company to continue its legacy in a more focused and strategic way.
Kay Dee owns and operates five manufacturing facilities; two are in Sioux City, Iowa, and one is in Nevada, Missouri. The other two are joint-venture facilities, located in North Sioux City, South Dakota, and Jiangsu, China.
“This exciting change will offer a real advantage to our customers,” Lohry said. “What we were great at before, we will become even better going forward – we have exciting expansion plans right on the horizon.”

Friday, May 22, 2015

Central Garden & Pet posts US$497.6 million in net sales

Central Garden & Pet Co. reported second quarter net sales of US$497.6 million, down 1% from US$501.6 million a year ago.
The company’s second quarter operating income was US$50 million, compared with US$44.8 million a year ago.
Sales and general administrative expenses as a percentage of sales improved to 20.1% from 20.5% a year ago.
Pet segment
Net sales for the company’s pet segment rose 2% to US$221.5 million. Partially offsetting those gains were lower wild bird feed and dog and cat revenues. Sales of other manufacturers' products increased primarily due to increased distribution and higher sales of dog food, treats and supplies. The pet segment’s branded product sales were US$168.4 million, and sales of other manufacturers’ products were US$53.1 million.
 The pet segment’s operating income was US$27.1 million, up 12% from a year ago.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blue Buffalo files counterclaims against Purina

Blue Buffalo issued a letter to its customers on its website on May 19, 2015, regarding its ongoing battle with Nestle Purina over the labeling of ingredients in its products.
“Given all the misinformation out there, we would like to give you a quick update on the legal front. As we had informed you on May 9th, today we formally brought claims of breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment against the parties responsible for the intentional mislabeling of certain ingredients that were shipped to us and other well-known pet food brands through May 2014,” the statement said. “Separately, we informed the court in the case involving consumers’ claims in this matter that we would also name the same parties as defendants in that case, so they can be held fully accountable for their actions.”
Blue Buffalo’s amended answer to Purina’s lawsuit includes counterclaims against Purina and its public relations agencies and new claims against the suppliers of mislabeled ingredients.
“We encourage all of you who are interested to read our lawsuit and learn more about NestlĂ© Purina’s smear campaign attacking our integrity, and the supplier fraud that impacted the industry until May of last year,” the statement said.
On May 6, 2014, Purina filed a lawsuit against Blue Buffalo for false advertising after testing revealed the presence of poultry byproduct meal in some of Blue Buffalo’s top-selling pet foods. On May 6, 2015, Blue Buffalo acknowledged in court that a “substantial” and “material” portion of Blue Buffalo pet food sold to consumers contained poultry byproduct meal, despite advertising claims to the contrary.

AFIA names new chair, directors, members

Members of the American Feed Industry Association's board of directors met May 12-13, 2015, to discuss top priority issues affecting the animal food industry and address those issues with legislators during the association's annual spring visit to Washington.
AFIA's board also recognized Dr. Alan Wessler, MFA Incorporated, for his leadership as its chair during the 2014-15 year, welcomed his successor, Rob Sheffer, Waycrosse, and announced its chair-elect and new directors, and elected new members to the organization's executive committee.
Sheffer is an active AFIA board member, serving since 2009, and has served on the executive committee since 2012.
Sheffer is the president and CEO of Waycrosse in Wayzata, Minn. Prior to transitioning to his new role, Sheffer served as the group director for Cargill Feed and Nutrition, where he was responsible for leading the U.S. retail and commercial feed business and providing strategic direction to Cargill Animal Nutrition. He holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and is active in the fight against global hunger.
Sheffer's one-year term began May 1.
In related business, the board voted to accept the nomination of Paul Phillips, Maxi-Lift Inc./Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc., to become chairman-elect of the organization. Phillips will succeed Sheffer in May 2016.
The following individuals were elected to three-year terms on the AFIA board and began their service at the May board meeting: Eric Arnold, Bill Barr & Company; Cory Berg, QLF-Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc.; Roy Brister, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Jim Conway, Darling Ingredients; Mark Etienne, Potashcorp; Frank Goode, ILC Resources; John Howe, Manna Pro Products, LLC; Raj Lall, Vets Plus, Inc.; Chuck Loefer, ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc.; Diane Loiselle, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.; Joe Lucas, Phibro Animal Health Corporation; Mike Manning, The F.L. Emmert Company; Rod Paulson, CHS Inc.; Paul Phillips, Maxi-Lift Inc./Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc.; Mike Rivard, International Ingredient Corporation; and John Thorpe, Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.
The six nominated individuals chosen as additions to AFIA's Executive Committee were approved: Kevin Baker, Valley Proteins, Inc.; Tim Belstra, Belstra Milling; Lisa Deverell, Land O'Lakes, Inc.; Lee Hall, Hallway Feeds; Dennis Hart, Diversified Ingredients; and Mindy Whittle, Monsanto Company.
 Jeff Cannon, Diamond V, and Ed Galo, Novus International, Inc., were elected as new trustees to the Institute for Feed Education & Research Board of Trustees by AFIA's board of directors. The existing eight trustees were reelected for a consecutive one-year term: Cathy Bandyk, Westway Feed Products, LLC; Marc de Beer, DSM Nutritional Products; Bruce Crutcher, Trouw Nutrition USA; Al Gunderson, Vita Plus Corporation; Dr. C. Ross Hamilton, Darling Ingredients; Dr. Wes Jamison, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Chad Risley, Berg+Schmidt American, LLC; and Eddie Wells, Milk Specialties Global. IFEEDER, created by AFIA in 2009, addresses the education and research challenges our U.S. food and feed production industries will face in the next 40 years and beyond, as the world's population grows by almost 2.5 billion people. The Executive Committee also renewed the appointment of Dean Warras, Phibro Animal Health Corporation, as IFEEDER's chair.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pet Fair Asia gears up for largest show ever in August

The 18th edition of Pet Fair Asia will take place August 27-30, 2015, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center.
Pet Fair Asia, one of the largest trade shows for the pet industry in China, will add a third exhibit hall as it continues to grow along with the Chinese petfood and pet care markets. It will include several exclusive country pavilions, an upgraded InnovAction Area, and a new dedicated aquarium area.
Petfood Forum China will again be co-located with Pet Fair Asia. Early Bird Registration is opening soon for this one-day educational and networking conference, leading pet food industry experts will provide in-depth information on pet food and treat product trends to provide a framework for the types of products that pet owners are seeking and also help you identify undeveloped market niches for new products.
 At Petfood Forum China 2015: New Product and Brand Development Workshop, pet food professionals in China and Asia can learn how to develop products and brands to capture share in this dynamic market, as well as export markets. This exclusive conference features expert information that can help you take a new pet food or snack product idea to market and how to develop a brand that stands out in the marketplace and grabs the attention of today’s pet owners. Plenty of networking opportunities with other pet food professionals and leading industry suppliers are available, too.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

RECALL: OC Raw Dog recalls 2,055 pounds of food

Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA, is voluntarily recalling 2,055 pounds of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella
This voluntary recall is limited to Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulations that were packaged into 6.5 lb. Doggie Dozen Patties and 5 lb. Bulk Bags with the lot number 1511 and use by date of 10/8/15.  These products were distributed in Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Colorado and sold to consumers through independent pet specialty retailers.
This recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the Nebraska Department of Food and Agriculture which revealed a presumptive positive to Salmonella.
OC Raw Dog has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.
The company says it will make several changes to its methods of production in order to further protect its product.
If you are in possession of this recalled product, please submit a picture of the package with the lot number to for verification of product in the marketplace.  Please return the product to the retailer where you purchased for a full refund or replacement product.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at +1.844.215.DOGS (3647) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Pedigree launches Feed the Good global marketing campaign

Pedigree Brand has launched a new global marketing campaign called Feed the Good.
Created by BBDO, Feed the Good is Pedigree’s first global campaign in years and is based on the simple, yet universal insight that dogs bring out the good in people as their innocence helps us reconnect with our own.
"Studies attest how the companionship of animals transforms and improves people's lives," said Leonid Sudakov, chief marketing officer, global petcare, Mars Inc.  "By nourishing the loveable innocence in every dog, Pedigree helps feed the good they bring to the world."
Pedigree will roll out Feed the Good creative, as well as other integrated marketing elements beginning in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and the US, with additional markets slated for later in 2015 and 2016. The global insight will fuel all of the Feed the Good executions, but the creative content is contextually relevant for the markets where it will be featured.
Above and beyond television, print and online advertisements, the campaign will feature various additional integrated marketing efforts including in-store displays, social media, consumer promotions and public relations. In some markets, like New Zealand, the campaign will be supported with world-class digital solutions developed in collaboration with companies like Google.
A 'Good Fight' in Australia
The first television commercial in the Feed the Good campaign began airing on May 4 in Australia. Titled “Good Fight,” the spot opens on several young adults on a street corner who are poised to fight. Just as it's about to get really heated, one of them notices a loose dog in the middle of a busy street with a despondent owner on the far sidewalk. Suddenly the men forget about their issues and sprint to help protect the dog. The relieved owner joins the two men who saved his dog to thank them – the fight long forgotten.
'First Days Out' in Brazil
Feed the Good launches in Brazil via an online documentary film that follows the real-life journey of two ex-cons – Joey and Matt – who each adopt dogs upon their release from prison. The emotional three-minute video, called “First Days Out” profiles all of the good that comes from these unlikely pairs, including new opportunities, blossoming friendships and mended fences. In addition to the documentary, Pedigree will release a 30-second television commercial called “Dogs World” in Brazil later in 2015.