Category Archives: Pet Food News

PetSmart Acquisition of Chewy Affecting Some High End Brands

We ordered both dog and cat food from online retailer, Chewy.com, for years. The prices were good and convenience was important. They didn’t charge shipping for our orders and the package was delivered right to our front door. Several months ago, PetSmart announced that they were purchasing Chewy.com, and many consumers wondered if other changes were in store.  Soon after the announcement, Tuffy’s Pet Foods pulled their retail brands, Pure Vita, NutriSource, and Natural Planet, from the Chewy website offerings.  A month ago, two more companies pulled their brands from the Chewy website.  Fromm Family Foods and Champion Pet Foods have also stopped selling their products on Chewy.com.

High quality pet food brand, Orijen, not sold on chewy.com

Champion believes that because of the PetSmart acquisition, Chewy will no longer fit their company’s definition of a pet specialty retailer. In the August, 2017, issue of “Pet Age Magazine,” Champion released a statement:  “For more than 25 years, Champion Pet Food’s commitment to pet specialty retailers has been clear and non-negotiable. Upon the acquisition of the online retailer Chewy by PetSmart, Chewy no longer meets our definition of pet specialty.”

 

Acana is a High quality pet food produced by Champion

 

Their brands, Orijen and Acana, will no longer be sold on Chewy.com.

 

 

 

On their Facebook page, Fromm Family Foods posted that they believe their products are best sold by retailers who know their products and know what to offer each customer’s cat or dog and they have removed their pet foods from the website of Chewy.com.

High-quality pet food company, Fromm's, sells from their website.

Fromm products may be purchased on their company’s website.

Online Pet Food Giant Sold to Pet Smart

For 4 years, we purchased dog and cat food from chewy.com. We did so because their prices were better than local big box pet food stores or independent pet stores. Plus, they offered free shipping and good customer service. Can’t beat that! Now, we have learned that PetSmart has bought chewy.com. I don’t know what changes will occur but I for one, am not thrilled with this news. I never enjoyed shopping at PetSmart, received little help from their staff and always found their prices to be “up there.”  PetSmart paid $3.35 billion for this deal, which makes this the largest e-commerce acquisition in history.

Let’s hope they don’t change chewy.com from the successful, customer-friendly company it has been!

New U.S. Facility for Champion Pet Foods

Champion Pet Foods announced on April 24, 2014, that they will open a new facility in Auburn, KY. Champion’s other two “kitchens,” as they call their manufacturing plants, are located in Alberta and Ontario in Canada.

The new “kitchen” will provide another home to produce their “biologically-appropriate and fresh regional ingredient foods.”

The Kentucky kitchens will only produce Acana and Orijen brands of pet food. The company does not outsource their food and does not make foods for other companies.

I predict this will be a welcome addition to the premium pet food market in the United States. While I am not familiar (yet) with the Acana brand, I do know that Orijen products are holistic and extremely healthy for dogs and cats.

 

Sojos Sold

Pet Food Industry News announced that Well Pet LLC, a producer of natural pet health focused pet foods, has acquired Sojos was a family-owned company producing a line of raw, freeze-dried food for dogs and cats. The products will continue to be manufactured in Minneapolis, MN.

A spokesperson for Well Pet spoke to Pet Food Industry and said, ” Sojos helped pioneer the raw nutrition category and our collaboration enable them to grow and serve more pet families while staying true to the Sojos we know and love. Now pet parents can turn to us for 5 trusted brands of natural pet food and treats including the very best in raw nutrition.”

We at Feeding Fido and Fluffy do not review raw foods but WellPet is certainly a familiar company and we wish them well with this addition to their

Pedigree Dog Food: Is It Safe Or Is There a Problem?

In the last few days, there have been a flurry of media reports and posts on various websites about the dangers of Pedigree Dog Food.  I’m using the generic term here because multiple Pedigree varieties were included in the complaints.  One website I read last night posted that Pedigree had actually recalled some packages of one of their dog food products because of metal fragments found in the dry kibble. It went so far as to list lot numbers and where the product was purchased.  As of today, I have not found verification of that recall on any of my usual sites.

What I have found is a ton of complaints on the Consumer Affairs website  Most of those dealt with a new chicken flavor in Pedigree dog food that consumers say is making their dogs sick.  Thus far, the company has had no comment. Look at the Pedigree Facebook page and you’ll find more comments and questions about this issue.  The Petful website also shows an article about metal fragments found in a Pedigree product and posts photos of the kibble with what appears to be metal pieces coming out of them.

I don’t know the answer to this problem except to suggest that you avoid this dog food.  There are too many questions swirling around the Internet right now.  I have not reviewed a Pedigree dog food in the past, mainly because I don’t care for their products.  But I promise to correct that omission soon.

UPDATE:  Today I read on a couple of sites that Pedigree has announced that the so-called metal fragments that consumers were finding in their pet food were really pig hair, most likely from the meat and bone meal included in the ingredients.  It’s better than pieces of metal, but it is certainly not what I’d want my dog to eat.  Remember that meat and bone meal is a rendered item that may include euthanized Fido and Fluffy, among other atrocities.

Truthaboutpetfood.com posted an article saying they purchased 4 bags of pet food, all containing meat and bone meal,  All 4 bags contained hair pieces in the kibble.  If the petfood contains meat and bone meal, buyer beware!

 

New Products for Woofgang Bakery & Grooming

Woofgang Products & Distribution announced on July 29, 2014, a new line of private label products to be sold only at Woofgang Bakery & Grooming locations in 8 states.

All Woofgang products are natural with no by-products and no corn or soy. Most are also wheat-free.

Anytime, a company adds new, holistic, all-natural products, it’s a win-win for our pets!

The Woofgang Bakeries sell premium products, such as gourmet dog treats, antlers and bones source from and packaged in the U.S. Select chews are sourced from suppliers in Brazil and Colombia.

Woofgang is a pet franchise industry and advertises the best in pet care and quality. The stores offer quality pet products and grooming.

FDA Issues Warning About Raw Diets for Pets

On July 18, 2014, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned pet owners about the dangers of feeding a raw diet to their dogs and cats because of the dangers of Salmonella contamination. They contend that feeding raw pet foods to our pets is not consistent with their goal of protecting the public from significant health risks.

The FDA pointed out that “even if the dog or cat doesn’t get sick, they can become carriers of Salmonella and transfer the bacteria to their surroundings. People can get the disease from contact with the infected environment.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea; bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and lethargy among others. Should you suspect your pet or yourself might be infected, seek veterinary or medical help at once.

If you are a proponent of raw food diets for dogs and cats, please share your comments and give us the other side of the story.

 

Milo’s Kitchen Launches Mobile Truck

Milo’s Kitchen, perhaps trying to recover their reputation (?) after the chicken jerky treats made in China episode last year, launched the first mobile “treat truck” for dogs and their owners.

The truck will visit major metropolitan areas across the United States and offer visiting pets the opportunity to taste their products, which they say are all made in the U.S. with “100% domestically-sourced meat and no artificial colors or flavors.”

Photo opportunities for pets and their owners will be available in a professional canine-ready photo booth.
The truck will offer a “backyard-style lapdog lounge” for dogs to socialize with each other and play. You can even take Fido on a “walk break” with drinking bowls, beds and toys.

The truck will be free to the public, and visitors can even take home a doggie bag of treats.

You may recall that Milo’s was one of the major pet treat companies that voluntarily recalled their jerky treats made in China after the illness and deaths of pets were made public over the last couple years. Looking at their website, it does appear they have reformulated their treats. They state that after the report by the Food & Drug Administration in 2013, they voluntarily recalled all their products made in China for reformulation. They promise that all their products are now made in the United States and sourced here. The website does state that some minor ingredients may not be available in the U.S. and must be found elsewhere, but they will not source any products from China. That’s good news for pet owners!

Mars Acquires P & G Pet Food Brands

On August 4, 2014, Mars, Inc. announced the acquisition of the Iams, Eukanuba and Natura brands in North America, Latin America, and other select countries.

Mars already owned such brands as Whiskas, Pedigree, Royal Canin, Nutro, Cesar, Sheba, Temptations, Greenies, and Banfield.

Pet care is the largest business for Mars, Inc. The company is a world leader in the world of pet food and veterinary care providers and the completion of the purchase from Proctor & Gamble enhances its position.

 

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