One of our trusted pet food safety allies – Dr. Michael W. Fox – shares some interesting changes in pet food purchases.
From Dr. Fox…
Pet Food Industry Revolution/Evolution
By Dr. Michael W. Fox
Pet Products News International reports that the GfK Group, a Germany-based global market research company tracking business in 11,000 U.S. pet stores, that sales of grain-free pet foods have jumped some 28% over the past year. More than $1.4 billion was spent on this kind of pet food for dogs, and some $322 million for cats in 2012. While this is a small fraction of the annual $21 billion-a-year pet food market, it is a significant change in consumer choice and demand driving market availability. Much of this has to do with the pet obesity epidemic and other documented health problems in dogs and cats associated with high cereal content diets. (For details visit www.drfoxvet.com). It is an issue of especial concern for cats who are obligate carnivores and cannot process cereals and other sources of starch unlike most dogs.
I have also long advocated a reduction of soy products in dog foods and their elimination from all cat foods. Pet owners are to be advised to check the ingredients of grain free pet foods that may use high carbohydrate substitutes such potato and pea flour as a binder in dry foods, along with beet pulp, also used as filler.
I have also been a long time advocate of organic farming and according to the Organic Trade Association organic pet food sales are growing at nearly three times the rate of similar organic, USDA Certified human food sales. It is noteworthy because of documented animal health and environmental concerns about genetically engineered crops and foods ( also detailed on the above website) that some pet food and pet treat manufacturers are now including a “No GMO” or “GMO-FREE” label one their product labels.
These market trends indicate the power of informed consumers voting with their dollars to support a more healthful agriculture and human food industry of which the pet food industry is a subsidiary and now a catalyst for a revolution because of the diet related health problems being seen in our dogs and cats.
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I really like Dr. Fox’s title…Pet Food Industry Revolution/Evolution. Revolution: Pet food consumers in growing numbers have informed themselves to the truth of pet food ingredients and they have learned the dramatic differences in the quality of pet food ingredients. Evolution: Informed consumers have then taken their shopping dollars to support companies that use quality ingredients. I can’t wait to see how pet food further evolves.
Thanks Dr. Fox – you have been instrumental in the Pet Food Revolution/Evolution.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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