5 quick factoids for pet meals’s robust future

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French Bulldog Doink, who lives at Canidae Farms in Kansas, thinks he can herd sheep. l Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

5 quick factoids for pet meals’s robust future

October 19, 2017

We all know the info about pet meals’s power worldwide: the worldwide pet meals market reached US$75.25 billion in 2016, in keeping with Euromonitor. The analysis agency tasks progress to proceed at the very least 2 % a yr, with larger will increase for creating pet meals markets and areas.

But knowledge doesn’t inform the complete story. We want highly effective anecdotes and examples to flesh it out and assist us anticipate the way forward for pet meals. Listed here are 5 gleaned in the course of the Pet Meals R&D Showcase, held at October 10-12 at Kansas State College (KSU), adopted by a go to to Canidae Farms in Cheney, Kansas, USA.

1. Pets universally liked and valued

Around the globe, as the center class grows, pets more and more rank in significance – in truth, at almost the identical stage as fundamental wants like meals and shelter.

Kent Glasscock, president of KSU’s Institute for Commercialization, opened the showcase by speaking about how the college companions with pet meals and different corporations, and the way it got here to pursue pet meals as a program emphasis inside its Division of Grain Science and Trade. In 2012, charged with increasing their work globally, Glasscock and his staff carried out in depth analysis and realized they wanted to deal with the influence of the rise of the center class. That generated a query: As folks around the globe transition from decrease financial ranges to incomes extra and having extra disposable earnings, what are they selecting to do with their elevated buying energy?

Universally, the analysis discovered, folks select three issues: enhancing their vitamin (notably shopping for and consuming extra protein and meat), enhancing their shelter – and getting a pet, or higher caring for his or her current pets.

Take into consideration that for a minute. It has profound and optimistic implications for our trade’s future.

2. Grains nonetheless have an vital position in pet meals

Regardless of the grain-free pet meals craze, a full 80 % of the overall US pet meals market continues to be comprised of standard components like grains.

Greg Aldrich, PhD, coordinator of KSU’s pet meals program, in addition to a longtime trade vitamin advisor and writer of the Ingredient Insights column, led off the analysis portion of the showcase with that knowledge from Packaged Details. He additionally talked about the expansion of “worth premium” merchandise and the way a lot of the rise in grain-free pet meals has come from new product launches, whereas precise quantity and gross sales progress is slowing.

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With the pet meals market, like others, being cyclical, it’s value contemplating what may come after the grain-free increase. Maybe it’s historic grains, that are very fashionable in human meals – and everyone knows how carefully pet meals tendencies mimic these in human meals. The showcase’s theme was historic grains (it’s not a coincidence that Kansas is understood for its grain crops corresponding to sorghum), and Aldrich’s presentation centered on a research he and his college students carried out on sorghum’s antioxidant and different helpful properties.

three. The number of grains matter for pet meals and human meals

Cereal crop variety has the potential for enhancing human well being, and the identical alternative exists for pet well being, in keeping with new analysis from KSU.

People, canine and cats sadly share most of the similar vitamin issues, together with weight problems, coronary heart illness and diabetes, stated Davina Rhodes, PhD, assistant professor within the Division of Agronomy. Research throughout many species have proven a connection between cereal grain consumption and decrease danger of weight problems, which implies additionally reducing the danger of fats cells, larger ranges of irritation in these cells and, in some instances, insulin resistance. One issue appears to be the variety of the cereal grains. Rhodes’ work has concerned researching the numerous sorts of grains to search out ones with essentially the most helpful vitamins and properties.

For instance, the Crop Genebank holds 45,000 sorts of sorghum, Rhodes stated. By learning their phenotypes and genotypes, she chosen a subset of these, then narrowed it down additional by way of cell and animal fashions to choose two specialty varieties. Her work discovered very excessive ranges of flavonoids, highly effective phytonutrients with robust antioxidant and anti inflammatory results. In additional work with seeds from the US Division of Agriculture, Rhodes found some sorts of sorghum have larger concentrations of flavonoids than ever discovered earlier than. These maintain promise for growth into wholesome components for each human meals and pet meals.

four. New analysis on pet meals security

New analysis on the presence of pathogens in pet meals and animal feed services exhibits the significance of cleansing various kinds of surfaces, in keeping with Cassie Jones, PhD, assistant professor in KSU’s Division of Animal Sciences & Trade. Working with Aldrich, she and her college students examined for a number of serotypes of Salmonella within the college’s feed and pet meals labs. Some maybe shocking findings included excessive ranges of Salmonella on surfaces like concrete and rubber. Jones speculated that’s as a result of these forms of surfaces don't are typically cleaned as typically, as nobody thinks to take action.

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New knowledge from the same research carried out in swine feed mills confirmed that flooring and the bottoms of staff’ sneakers had the best ranges of Salmonella. All these findings have vital implications for pet meals security: with facility design, it’s best to take note of floor design and selections of supplies. And hygiene protocols want to incorporate common cleansing of all surfaces.

As well as, Jones and her college students examined completely different sanitizers on chrome steel surfaces and had surprisingly optimistic outcomes with C6:C8:C10, a type of medium-chain fatty acids. She’s unsure why however is hoping to work with a pet meals or feed producer to do additional testing.

5. Pet meals transparency and ingredient sourcing

French Bulldogs can herd sheep. Nicely, I met one who thinks he can. Doink (named after former soccer announcer and coach John Madden’s favourite expression) lives at Canidae Farms with its proprietor, Clint Brauer. The sustainable farm is a part of Brauer’s non-public enterprise, MG Honor Farms, named after his grandmother. Canidae contracted with him to develop a number of the components used of their pet meals, reaching 80 metric tons’ value in 2016 and on observe to hit 500 metric tons this yr.

Whereas watching Doink attempt to herd Brauer’s small flock of six sheep was amusing, the true takeaway from the go to was the corporate’s dedication to transparency with customers, notably in sourcing of its components, and the way in which it’s executing that technique. My colleagues, Lindsay Beaton and Tim Wall, have already written intimately in regards to the farm, Brauer’s and Canidae’s efforts, so I received’t repeat that data right here. Suffice it to say that Canidae’s initiative might not make sense for each pet meals firm, however at the very least it ought to spur some concepts and inquiries to ponder.

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