In this issue, you'll discover:Food & Ingredients
- Current challenges for the dry pet food market
- The human food/pet food crossover
- Figs: a promising fiber source for pet diets
- The ever-increasing need for speedy deliveries
- Working on a net-zero industry in Europe
- Taking the pulse of the pet furniture market
- Country Reports
- The Italian pet retailer landscape in a nutshell
- Interview with Nicolò Galante, CEO at Arcaplanet
Articles in this issue
Current challenges for the dry pet food market
How algae-based omega-3s can advance sustainability and pet nutrition
While pet brands tap into the health and wellness trend, re-evaluating the functional benefits their products offer, they must also consider the environmental impact of each ingredient.
The Italian pet retailer landscape in a nutshell
Supermarkets reign supreme in the offline channel, while competition between pet store chains is on the rise.
The latest trends in pet pools
Portable and easy storage are the leading trends in the pet pool segment, which is expected to grow consistently in the coming years.
Country report: Italy - A holistic approach to pet care
The many new pet parents in Italy want the best for their pets. Not only premium food, but also the best possible care, in all senses of the word. And that provides opportunities for innovative products.
The increasing awareness of hearing loss in pets
The early detection of deafness offers considerable benefits in terms of pet well-being. What are the latest developments related to testing and protecting animals’ hearing?
Country report: France - Competitiveness and sustainability, the future drivers of local players
With 80% of the pet food sold in France made in the country, the industry looks for ways to adapt to the current challenges and consumer demands.
Toward a sustainable future for pet food packaging
The European Commission recently presented a new set of regulations to tackle packaging waste. How are they likely to impact pet food manufacturers?
Working on a net-zero industry in Europe
The European Commission is scaling up actions supporting its climate targets, and pet food manufacturers will need to comply with them too.
Cell-based toppers in pet food: an overview
With concerns regarding sustainability and animal welfare in intensive farming practices, lab-grown meat may have potential as a viable meat alternative.
Private label is thriving online
The current economic situation is driving growth of private label brands in e-commerce. How healthy is the category and how are producers coping with the increased demand?
Taking the pulse of the pet furniture market
After a boom during the pandemic, the pet furniture segment may experience a setback this year, following a general consumer trend to spend less on longer-lasting items.
Novel ideas hit the organic cat litter market
Environmental awareness is a growing issue in the cat litter segment. We analyze how players around the world are responding to new sustainability demands.
Enhancing pet nutrition sustainably
With science-based solutions that enable adoption and a unique sustainability set-up, Corbion® is improving pet nutrition with the AlgaPrimeTM omega-3 DHA solutions.
Small pets for big cities and younger owners
Small animals are gaining popularity among Gen Z, looking for more affordable furry friends to live with them in urban areas.
Interview with Nicolò Galante, CEO at Arcaplanet: “We want to become the leading digital pet company in Italy”
Arcaplanet aims to grow to 1,000 stores within the next few years, which will work side by side with their growing online platform. We learn more about the ambitious strategy to make this possible.
Environmental and social responsibility
French pet care leader Zolux made its ambitious environmental and social responsibility goals a priority for many years.
The ever-increasing need for speedy deliveries
Same-day delivery is becoming increasingly commonplace in pet retailing. What is the industry doing to improve its competitiveness and adapt to the ‘new normal’?
Food handling practices of dog owners
New research dives into the food hygiene habits of dog owners – are they following the best practices?
Higher production costs, higher retail prices?
The current inflationary context puts more pressure on pet food manufacturers and retailers when it comes to price increases. We capture the views from both sides.
What’s next in the pet food supply chain?
The pandemic sent shockwaves of logistics disruption. Awareness of the latest key trends can help pet players to future-proof their business and their supply chain.
Investment spike in the fresh dog food category
One of the fastest-growing segments of the European pet food category is grabbing the attention of investors. Why is fresh dog food such an attractive proposition?
Pet food with love from the heart of Europe
Vafo, a leading European producer of super premium pet foods, and a sustainability pioneer in the pet care industry is bringing dozens of new products to this year’s Zoomark.
Figs: a promising fiber source for pet diets
Figs can provide health benefits and improve product quality. What’s their potential as a source of functional fiber in pet food formulations?
The human food/pet food crossover
As people align their furry friends’ needs with their own, the pet food industry is seeing an influx of human food trends.
Pulses in pet food: achieving a balance
The low price and high-protein properties of pulses make this ingredient very attractive, but there are some digestibility concerns to take into account.
UK manufacturer advocating for compliance in the pet care category
Top-selling brand Animology has found a formula for success and is now impacting shelves in the UK and more than 50 other countries.
Shaping the industry’s future with blockchain
From medical records to supply chain optimization, companies are exploring ways to introduce blockchain technology in a bid to keep their competitive edge.
Adapting litter to new trends and consumers’ needs
Pet owners are spending on their companion animals in the same way as parents spend on their children. According to Euromonitor International’s Voice of the Consumer Lifestyle survey, 71% of pet owners worldwide consider their pets to be family members.
Functional ingredients for immune health
Several ingredients can help support the immune system. By using them in pet food, manufacturers can not only differentiate themselves but also improve pets’ health.
The challenges and added benefits of natural food colorants
While synthetic dyes are associated with various health concerns in both humans and animals, using natural pigments in pet food formulations has several advantages.
Adopting a common approach to human-grade pet food
Until now, very few pet food marketed as human grade could be considered as such. This is about to change.
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