Will aging Boomers hang on to their pets?

Will aging Boomers hang on to their pets?

More than 200 million pets of all kinds enliven 65 million American households. Dogs and cats in particular have kept their special place in American culture. The vast majority of dog and cat owners consider their pets to be members of the family, and most owners think of their dogs or cats as being vital to their mental and physical health.

Yet, while Americans’ love affair with their pets continues unabated, storm clouds may be brewing on the horizon for the pet industry. As noted in Package...


Move over hot dogs and pretzels, the new wave of American street and grill foods reflect an international culinary experience

Move over hot dogs and pretzels, the new wave of American street and grill foods reflect an international culinary experience

It wasn’t that long ago when street foods would too often bring to mind, for many American, ambivalent associations with foreign and “underdeveloped” countries, along with trepidations about cooking hygiene and food safety.

Sure, nothing could be more American than street, fair, and festival foods such as pizza, hot dogs and corn dogs, soft pretzels, ice cream and snow cones and cotton candy. And there was even occasion for more pronouncedly ethnic or regional options. Ordinarily speaking, non...


A new era for human-grade pet foods

A new era for human-grade pet foods

You and your pet, sharing food? Yep. And we’re not talking about table scraps. The Yaff Bar energy bar is specifically designed to be shared between pets and their humans, boasting such tempting ingredients as Blueberries, puffed rice and “a touch of carob.”

In the natural, organic and eco-friendly pet food market, the “humanization” of pet products has grown to epic proportions, with human-grade foods perhaps representing the peak, according to a recent Packaged Facts pet report. At the foref...