The market for premium dog foods has increased by approximately 45% during the past 6 years and now represents an industry that has $11 billion in annual sales. The demand for these gourmet dog foods are now leading man dog food makers to innovate and come up with unique products for dog owners that appeal to these changing tastes.
The vast increase in the market for these premium gourmet dog foods is raising concerns by dog owners about the health of dog foods in the past. When you read the ingredients on a package of dog food that is non-gourmet you will begin to understand what this concern is. Dog foods are filled with significant amounts of preservatives to extend their shelf life and are filled with grain filler to cut down o their cost. The ingredients of these dog foods were set based on Wal-Mart customers’ preferences at the time for cheaper dog foods that have a long shelf life and are therefore more convenient to their dog owners. The dogs never seemed to mind as they were traditionally scavengers who would opportunistically eat whatever foods they came across. However, these ingredients may have contributed to several health problems that have impacted dogs for years and dog owners are searching for healthier products for their dogs.
Brands are now trying to release organic and preservative free foods to attract customers who are increasingly concerned with the ingredients in their dog food. The marketplace is experiencing a significant amount of consolidation to provide these foods. As an example, Beneful, which is owned by Nestle PurinaStore, has acquired one of the leading organic dog food makers and is now producing high quality organic dog food that customers love. Many other competitors are following suit as well.
Other brands are increasingly removing the preservatives and additives from the food and substituting these additives with fresh, and even raw meats. While this is of course more expensive and has a shorter shelf life, it is fitting into what customers are demand and selling well in the process.
Finally, a truly unique product by Beneful.com is showing the level of control that customers want over their dog’s health. The new Beneful product offering lets dog owners choose the individual ingredients in their dog food blend and customize their dog food as a result. This provides greater control over the health of the food and a truly personalized product offering for your dog. Learn more about Beneful : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beneful
Houston, Texas-based oilfield services provider Schlumberger will be cutting back on services it provides in Venezuela as the South American nation’s debts with the firm continue to mount.
Venezuela’s massive oil fields – the nation houses the world’s largest proven oil reserves – are owned and operated by state-run firm PDVSA, who Schlumberger has contracted with to provide services in the various sectors of oil production and transportation. Now PDVSA owes Schlumberger and other providers billions of dollars as record low oil prices have contributed to the oil-dependent nation’s economic collapse. Payments to the providers have stopped, as the government does not have the currency on hand to continue to pay its bills for oil field operations.
In 2013, Schlumberger extended Venezuela a $1 billion line of credit to finance continued operations with PDVSA, but the value of that loan has already taken a loss of $472 million in 2014 and $49 million in 2015 due to the devaluation of the Venezuelan currency, the bolivar, in current times of hyper-inflation.
PDVSA said in a statement that it will rely on other companies that provide similar services to Schlumberger for the continued operation of its oil fields, but David Osio thinks the corporation did not elaborate on how it expects to pay for those services.
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A recent article in Politifact on http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2016/apr/04/trusted-leadership-pac/no-george-soros-not-bankrolling-john-kasichs-campa/ sets the record straight regarding the swirling, yet unsupported rumors that George Soros is somehow bankrolling the campaign of John Kasich, a hopeful candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential race. The article explains that recent pro-Cruz ads have been decimating false information that Soros is secretly funneling money to the Kasich super PAC to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Considering George Soros’ net worth, even if the unsubstantiated rumors were true, this would hardly be a drop in the bucket in terms of Soros’ overall individual net worth.
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As a result of the investigation on http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2016/03/10/billionaire-smackdown-george-soros-funds-effort-to-stop-trump-mobilize-latinos/ of the apparently false claims in the pro-Cruz tv ads detailed in the Politifact article, three television stations in Ohio have already yanked the ads from the air. The final verdict of the Politifact investigation and article is that the pro-Cruz ads are totally false and intentionally designed to manipulate and confuse voters. When coupled with the well-known fact that Soros has been consistently donating to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and related super PACs to the tune of millions of dollars, the claims in these pro-Cruz tv ads are ridiculous at best.
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