• Animal Nutrition

    Simmons Foods announces $100 million expansion in Arkansas

    SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. — Simmons Foods has announced plans for a $100 million expansion of its prepared foods operation located at 2101 Twin Circle Drive in Van Buren. According to Joel Sappenfield, president of Simmons Prepared Foods, “This investment will create 100 new jobs, including highly skilled positions to support robotics and automation processes. The expansion will also support growth in the local economy and assist in meeting market demand for one of the fastest growing segments of the business — cooked products.” The project will add 65,000 square feet to the existing plant to make way for two new  

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  • Pet Food

    Supply, aluminum issues causing shortages of certain dog and cat foods

    Pet owners may have noticed that Mittens’ and Fido’s favorite foods have run scarce, as the industry is incurring both shipping woes and a shortage of the aluminum used to package the food. Grocery stores and pet stores throughout the country are noticing it’s difficult to stock all of the usual brands, as items are just not available. The shortage is being felt locally, according to several local pet store employees. The issues, they said, is more acute with canned or wet food rather than dry food products. “It’s all away across the board,” said Brian Mixon, manager of Pet  

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  • Pet Food

    Worldwide Wet Cat Food Industry to 2030 – Featuring Blue Buffalo, Diamond Pet Foods and Heristo Among Others – ResearchAndMarkets.com

    DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Wet Cat Food Market by Nature, Price Point and Distribution Channel: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The global wet cat food market was valued at $4.6 billion in 2020, and is projected to reach $7.9 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 5.7% from 2021 to 2030. Wet cat food contains about 10.0% water and 90% of other dry ingredients. Wet cat food has higher amounts of proteins and fats, which improve its taste. Moreover, it is easily available in the market through various distribution channels, including  

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  • Pet Food

    Mars Petcare begins transition to recycled packaging for wet pet foods

    BRUSSELS — Mars Petcare announced Dec. 14 it will roll out new wet pet food packaging made with recycled plastic materials, in partnership with SABIC and Huhtamaki. The company’s SHEBA® brand of wet cat food will be the first to make the transition across Europe, starting in 2022. The company’s partnership with SABIC and Huhtamaki was established in late 2020. “We are pleased to share this progress in our sustainable petfood packaging journey,” said Barry Parkin, chief procurement and sustainability officer at Mars, Inc. “Over the past year, we have been closely working with SABIC and Huhtamaki, continually testing and  

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  • Dog

    Avoid these foods, look for these signs of pancreatitis in your dog

    Often when veterinarians see pancreatitis in a dog, there has been a specific food trigger. This means that the pet becomes sick after a meal of something very rich and fatty. I would say that the top five foods I have seen trigger pancreatitis are (in no particular order) chicken wings, steak, rotisserie chicken, barbecue and ribs. Previously: Does your pet have bladder stones? A tailored diet may help | Pet Peeves More: Be thankful for animal-loving volunteers | Pet Peeves Owners will describe an incident of the dog either getting into the trash and eating these foods or having  

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  • Animal Nutrition

    How Vitamin-Enriched Foods can be the Gateway to Better Long-Term Nutrition – World

    By Jan Low WASHINGTON DC, Dec 10 2021 (IPS) – When one in five pre-school children is stunted due to chronic undernutrition, it is clear that global diets urgently need to improve and diversify to include more nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables and animal-source foods. Yet with healthy diets out of reach for three billion people worldwide, resulting in insufficient vitamin and mineral intakes and bouts of illness, this shift cannot happen overnight. Instead, improving diets and nutrition must be seen as a holistic process. Breeding staple foods, which are already accessible and affordable, with additional vitamins and micronutrients – known as  

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  • Animal Nutrition

    Upside Foods develops animal-free growth medium for cell-based meat

    Dive Brief: Upside Foods has developed an animal-component-free cell growth feed, which it uses to help its cells grow into meat. The company has been working toward this goal for years. The cell-growth medium contains essentially the same components as traditional animal growth feed — amino acids, lipids, sugars, vitamins, minerals, water and other nutrients to help cells thrive, said Upside Foods Senior Vice President of Product and Regulation Eric Schulze. The animal-free growth medium works as effectively as its predecessors that used proteins taken from animals, he said, causing no big changes in growth process or time. Growth  

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  • Pet Food

    Diamond Pet Foods investing $233 million in kibble production

    META, MO. — Diamond Pet Foods has invested to expand pet food production capacity at two locations in the United States to meet unprecedented demand. Expansion plans include the acquisition of a private label dog food manufacturing plant in Frontenac, Kan., from The J.M. Smucker Company for roughly $33 million, and a $200 million investment to construct a brand-new facility in Rushville, Ind. Diamond will build a 700,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Rushville, bringing more than 170 new jobs to the area by 2023. The facility will house cutting-edge production equipment and there will also be space for warehousing and distribution. 

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