AAFCO opposes Pet Food Institute’s proposed federal pathway for pet food label reviews

USA- The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) issued a statement expressing concerns about Pet Food Institute’s (PFI) proposal for a new system to federally regulate pet food. Over the past few months, PFI proposed a federal system to address concerns about the current label review process, which varies from state to state.  The proposal involves lobbying for a…

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Puratos USA expands West Coast operations with multiple investments 

USA- Belgian ingredients supplier Puratos is expanding its West Coast operations with two key investments in the Los Angeles region. The two investments include a new manufacturing line at its Rancho Dominguez, Calif., facility and a planned relocation to a new warehouse and distribution facility in Gardena, Calif. According to Puratos, the new manufacturing line in Rancho Dominguez will double…

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Jana Partners files lawsuit against Freshpet over breached fiduciary responsibilities

USA- Activist investor Jana Partners’s fire on New Jersey-based Freshpet intensifies as it files a lawsuit alleging the pet-food company breached its fiduciary duties. The investor recently blasted Freshpet over governance changes that could impact the investor’s ability to secure board seats, and has now turned that complaint into a legal undertaking, filing a lawsuit in the Court of Chancery…

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Mexico moves to trade dispute settlement consultations to fight US GM corn dispute after formal consultations fail

MEXICO- The Mexican government said it would counter U.S. arguments over agriculture biotech measures, including plans to limit its use of genetically modified (GM) corn, in trade dispute settlement consultations on Friday. The consultation was requested by Washington as the two countries inch toward a full-blown trade dispute under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) over Mexico’s policies to limit the use…

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Nestle appoints Anna Manz as new Chief Financial Officer, François-Xavier Roger steps down

USA – Nestlé, Swiss multinational food, and drink conglomerate corporation, has appointed Anna Manz as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) after François-Xavier Roger stepped down from the position. In the company’s press release, François-Xavier Roger, Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer, who has served in the company for 8 years decided to step down and pursue a…

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Hillenbrand to amplify its North American presence with Schenck Process Group US$730m acquisition

USA- Indiana-based processing equipment and solution provider Hillenbrand recently announced plans to acquire Schenck Process’ Food and Performance Materials (FPM) for approximately US$730 million. The transaction is expected to close during Hillenbrand’s fiscal fourth quarter of 2023, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. According to a press release by the company, Hillenbrand expects to use cash on…

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Global grain traders Viterra and Bunge consider  possible merger 

USA – Glencore-owned global grain trader Viterra is in talks concerning a possible merger with U.S. rival Bunge Ltd- a strategic move that will potentially form one of the most formidable international grain merchants, Reuters reported, quoting people familiar with the matter.  These talks come a while after Glencore had publicly said it was reviewing options for its interest in…

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IFEEDER installs new board members to support the animal nutrition industry

USA- The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) installed a new batch of board leaders and trustees during its annual board of trustees meeting on 16th May, during which they also discussed broadening awareness of its resources and initiatives to support the animal food industry. During the business meeting, the trustees recognized Schuster for his leadership as board chairperson…

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American VetriScience improves anti-allergy capabilities with new dog supplements launch

USA- FoodScience-owned VetriScience recently debuted two new pet supplements, expanding its line of allergy and immune health offerings for dogs.  The launched Immune Plus and Omega Plus supplements target seasonal and environmental allergies, immune function, and skin and coat health in dogs. “We are excited to offer dog owners this lineup of advanced allergy and immune support supplements formulated to…

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Freshpet installs Walter George as new board chair to support operational improvement 

USA- American Freshpet, Inc. recently reshuffled its board, making various personnel changes as part of the fresh pet food company’s operational improvement plan. For example, the current Chair of the Board, Charles Norris, announced his retirement and that he will not stand for reelection during Freshpet’s 2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. In his place, Walter George, Freshpet’s current chair of…

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