A Concerning Trend
Two pet food manufacturing plants have sold to large corporations that also sell pet feed ingredients. Is this good or very bad for pet food consumers?
Crosswinds Pet Food touts itself as being “the largest pet food and treat contract manufacturer in North America” (though it is difficult to determine exactly what brands of pet food are made there). Recently, agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) purchased the ‘largest’ co-packer in pet food Crosswinds.
ADM is heavily involved in feed, selling/manufacturing multiple ingredient for the aquaculture, cattle, swine, poultry, dairy, and pet feed industry. “Our feed and pet food ingredients include products processed from corn, oilseeds and wheat.” ADM is also a provider of vitamin/mineral feed (including pet ‘feed’) pre-mixes. (Vitamin/mineral pre-mixes are bulk supplements that are calculated out to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for a complete and balanced pet food/feed and added to a batch of pet food typically as powdered ingredients.)
Another pet food manufacturing sale was Performance Pet to Farmers Union Industries. Performance Pet (canning facility) had the best reputation (to my knowledge) of canned pet food co-packer in the industry. Now owned by Farmers Union Industries, the pet food company becomes part of numerous recycling food/feed manufacturing companies.
- Midwest Grease – “collects, cleans and recycles restaurant grease into livestock feed ingredients”
- Central Bi-Products – a “full-service rendering company” with two plants “one for multi-species materials and one exclusively for poultry” and a “feather processing plant”
- sWheat Scoop – a cat litter.
It could be argued that ADM and Farmers Union owning pet food manufacturing plants could benefit ‘the industry’. But the question remains, do these sales benefit consumers?
Personal opinion: It is concerning that large agriculture/feed industries are buying up pet food manufacturing facilities…building up the pet ‘feed’ industry (not the pet ‘food’ industry). With their powerful trade associations (AFIA and PFI) so heavily influencing Washington DC and AAFCO, serious concerns exist. Growth of pet feed industries is not heading us in the right direction. Pets should be consuming food, not feed.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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