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Newsletter 7 October 2019

Ikea is launching new pet products, after a year a major recall

The new designs are more low-tech than the company’s original line of pet products, first released in 2017.

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Kemin Nutrisurance Opens New Production Facility in Brazil

Global pet food ingredient supplier expands presence in growing market. Kemin Industries, recently opened its newly expanded 5,000-square-meter production facility in Vargeão, Brazil.

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Freshpet  (US) announces board changes

Freshpet, Inc. welcomed a new board member, Olu Beck, who will replace Jonathan Marlow following his resignation. Beck will officially join the board on Oct. 1, and she will also serve on Freshpet’s Audit Committee.

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Kangaroos to be turned into pet food in Australian 'harvesting' program

The "Kangaroo Harvesting Program" will become a permanent fixture in the southern Australian state after a five-year trial was completed, according to a press release from the Victoria state government.

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Article of the week

TV and music for pets at home alone

Humans enjoy pet ownership with all the health benefits that accompany this. But what happens to the pet when owners go to work, go shopping or do the myriad of other errands that busy daily life requires? A report by UK charity PDSA found that 2.1 million dogs are left alone for 5 or more hours on a typical weekday. That is 24% of the country’s overall ownership. This is an increase of 5% from 2017. So, what companionship can these dogs experience when their humans are busy? .........

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Central Garden & Pet Appoints Timothy Cofer as CEO

Central Garden & Pet Company has appointed Timothy (“Tim”) Cofer as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 14, 2019. Mr. Cofer will also join the Company’s Board of Directors.

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Meijer contiues Investment in Pet departments

As fur babies continue to stake their claim as beloved family members, Midwest retailer Meijer is working on a parallel path to expand its pet departments for an even larger assortment of everyday essentials like food, grooming supplies and the increasingly popular Halloween costumes.

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Room for growth in puppy food

Two-thirds of those reporting household use of puppy food are women, though this share represents less of a tilt toward female shoppers than in the dog food category overall, where women account for nearly three-fourths.

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Natural cat litter has opportunities for growth as consumers look for new options.

As consumers continue to look for environmentally-friendly, chemical-free versions of products for themselves, they’re also seeking natural alternatives for their pets. While this trend has already gained a stronghold in food, treats, supplements and other health-related items, it’s just getting started for cat litter.

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Petplan Acquired by Global Private Equity Firm Warburg Pincus

Petplan, a leading pet health insurance provider in North America, announced that the company has been acquired by Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing.

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The Tech Helping Dogs Learn to 'Talk' With Humans

Welcome to the new world of dog-human communication, where technology is allowing dogs to “speak” in ways we can easily understand when it really counts.

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Fressnapf warehouse grows to over 34 000 m²

Ten years ago the Fressnapf Group commissioned its biggest FMCG warehouse in Germany. Up to now more than 400 000 pallets of pet food and accessories have been supplied annually from this location covering more than 20 000 m². It is also the main hub for supplying international Fressnapf and Maxi Zoo stores in Switzerland, France and Italy.

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