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...


Human/animal bond … in theaters everywhere as art imitates life

Human/animal bond … in theaters everywhere as art imitates life

This week, animal lovers and kids of all ages will be treated to a new six-minute short entitled Feast from Disney Animation. The story debuts on November 7, 2014 with the release of the company’s new film Big Hero 6. The short features a Boston terrier named Winston. A blog post on Disney’s website describes the film as follows: “Feast is the story of a newly adopted dog named Winston who bonds with his owner through a series of delicious meals-or at least the scraps thereof, delivered to his d...


Jumping into the Canadian pet market with all four feet

Jumping into the Canadian pet market with all four feet

Canadians love their pets, and the Canadian pet market’s steady growth over the past five years is proof positive that the “pets as family” mentality has taken firm root in the Canadian mindset, as health- and wellness-related spending and premium products drive sales slowly upward with each passing year.

Pets are aging along with their care-givers, but the costs of maintaining older pets hasn’t stopped the Baby Boomer population from abandoning their furry “children.” Veterinary costs are up ...


Dogs, do-gooding, and social media

Dogs,  do-gooding, and social media

Facebook has become a promotional venue for many pet industry marketers, letting them keep connected with current customers as well as recruit new customers. In the pet food market, Facebook can really help put a “face” on animal welfare efforts, letting companies post images and videos of the animals helped by their causes. The ability to personalize content to suit specific needs, and almost instantly reach thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of consumers, makes social media perfect fo...