From a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service program, the Pet Food Institute (PFI), the trade association that represents the largest manufacturers of pet food in the U.S. received $1,361,288.00 in 2014. Your tax dollars supporting PFI.
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service offers many tax dollar supported programs including ‘Embassy Science Fellows Program’ which places US scientists at American embassies abroad providing expertise on environment, science and health issues. Or there is the ‘Scientific Cooperation Research Program’ which supports joint research and education projects between U.S. and international agricultural professionals.
And then there is the ‘Market Access Program’ (MAP) which “helps finance activities to market and promote U.S. agricultural commodities and products worldwide.” The Market Access Program states it “partners with U.S. agricultural trade associations, cooperatives, state regional trade groups and small businesses to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural products and commodities.”
In 2013 this USDA program gave the Pet Food Institute $1,216,24.00
In 2014 the MAP program from USDA gave the Pet Food Institute $1,361,288.00
I’m wondering if the Pet Food institute defines itself as a ‘agricultural trade association’ or ‘small businesses’?
The ‘Organization Details’ from the USDA website tells us the “Branch” for PFI is “Field Crops & Forest Products” – Commodity/Product stated as “Pet Foods; Processed Product”.
Active Members of the Pet Food Institute include…
Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly DelMonte)
Blue Buffalo Company
Cargill Animal Nutrition
Diamond Pet Foods
Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Nestle Purina PetCare
P&G Pet Care
Wikipedia states “Procter & Gamble, Nestle (Purina), Mars (Petcare) and Colgate-Palmolive (Hill’s Science Diet) are thought to control 80% of the world’s pet food market.”
Pet Food Market Report & Analysis provides the “Top 25 global petfood companies for 2011” -(note: this is global sales)…
Mars Petcare Inc. $16,162 (millions of dollars) annual sales;
Nestle Purina Petcare $10,403 (millions of dollars) annual sales;
Hill’s Pet Nutrition $2,175 (millions of dollars) annual sales;
P&G Pet Care (now part of Mars Petcare) $1,802 (millions of dollars) annual sales;
Del Monte Foods (now Big Heart Brands) $1,784 (millions of dollars) annual sales.
This same USDA Foreign Agricultural Service program provided the National Renderers Association with $871,872.00 this year (2014) and $782,921.00 in 2013.
Why would the trade association representing the top five global pet food companies need government funding to help sell more pet food in foreign markets? Wouldn’t these companies/shouldn’t these companies be able to afford their own advertising to sell their products in foreign markets?
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