Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Most popular PetfoodIndustry.com stories for week ending October 9

Tailoring pet food to mimic human diets

Nestle Purina is making the most of the trend in pet food of feeding animals the same things that humans eat. “We want to have products that appeal to the owner,” Chef Amanda Hassner said in a report. “It can’t look or smell horrible to the person.” Accelerated by millennials, the humanization of companion animals is becoming more prominent.

K-9 Kraving Dog Food recalls Chicken Patties

K-9 Kraving Dog Food has announced a voluntary recall of its Chicken Patties Dog Food shipped between July 13 and July 17, 2015, because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product was distributed to retail stores only in Maryland. No other K-9 Kraving Dog Food products are affected.

PFI president: pet food's compelling story for consumers

A focus on pet food safety as a common cause and a commitment to providing comfort and nutrition to pets create a very compelling story for the pet food industry to tell consumers, says Cathy Enright, president of the Pet Food Institute (PFI).

Big Heart Pet Brands investigated over alleged slave labor

Plaintiffs law firm Hagens Berman is investigating Big Heart Pet Brands for allegedly importing fish-based pet food from suppliers who use slave labor. Hagens Berman alleges that Big Heart Pet Brands imports pet food from Thai Union Frozen Products. According to U.S. customs documents, Thai Union has shipped more than 28 million pounds of seafood-based pet food for some of the top brands sold in the United States.

Petco will go public once again

Petco Holdings Inc. will go public after nine years of private ownership. The company has filed an amended S-1 form with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, but no terms were given in the filing. Petco has not said what exchange it will file on or what its symbol will be. Proceeds from the offering will go to the selling stockholders instead of the company.

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