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LEADING Italian pet food manufacturer, Monge, has developed several varieties of dog food enriched with fruits. Now, dogs can enjoy their version of the classic French dish duck a l'orange or the traditional delicious combo of pork and pineapple.
The careful pairing of fruits and meat clearly show the company's effort to please its true customers: the dogs. Aside from duck and orange or pork and pineapple, Monge also offers flavors such as lamb and apple, chicken and raspberry, turkey and blueberry and salmon and pear. These are all available in pate and chunkies form.
Monge's fruity line of dog food elevates dogs' dining experience, so much so that the label even shows a white dog in black bow tie. Yup, it's like a black tie event when dogs are served this high-end dog feed made from 80 percent fresh meat and four percent fruit.
To make the fruity meal even more appetizing to dogs, it is suggested at the back label to warm the pate and chunkies before serving.
The prices, however, tend to be different from every store so dog owners should first shop around to find the physical or online shop that offers the best price for these products.
Monge Fruits also have 12 varieties for cats. Packed in 80g cans, Monge Fruits for cats come in six recipes with Pacific Tuna and six with chicken, all enriched with fruits and aloe.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
FOR one, you will never find Special Cat anywhere else in the world but in the Philippines.
That's right, Special Cat is a fairly new premium dry cat food that is being manufactured exclusively for the Philippine market.
Back in 2014 when the United States experienced crippling port congestion that delayed the shipment of goods, including pet foods, Manila-based businesses were affected.
Pet Discount, Inc., which imports dog food from the US, had to look for an alternative source. They found Monge, a leading Italian pet food manufacturer, and ordered a shipment of their premium dry dog food called Special Dog. Then it occurred to Jehan Teng Sy, owner of Pet Discount, to ask Monge for a companion product for cats. From that simple question, a new product was born: Special Cat.
“If there's a Special Dog there should be a Special Cat – it's like a couple. So, we asked Monge if they could make a Special Cat for us and they agreed,” Sy told MetroPets.
To serve the Philippine market, Monge designed all-new packaging for Special Dog and Special Cat in English. They also made smaller bags to suit the local market's preference.
Sy said Special Cat is a premium yet affordable cat food. Pet shops retail the 7kg bag of Special Cat for P700 while online pet shops sell it for P795.
“We don't sell in groceries. We sacrifice our cost so it can reach consumers at a lower price. We are very confident about its quality because it's made in Europe, which has set higher standards for their pet food industry than elsewhere,” said Sy.
Available only in chicken and turkey flavor, the kibbles of Special Cat look like small florets or stars in dark brown color.
“Cats don't need kibbles in shapes that are not practical like the round ones with holes, or kibbles in different colors as they can't really see too many colors,” Sy said.
Special Cat is developed to be good for cats' at “All Life Stages” so its small pellets are particularly appropriate for kittens.
So, what else makes Special Cat special? Here's what the packaging says:
* Special Cat contains 32 percent protein and 13 percent fat.
* Its ingredients include cereals, meat and meat by-products (chicken and turkey), oils and fats (salmon oil), vegetables, fish and fish-by-product, minerals, yeasts and Yucca plant extract (reduces stool odor).
* Has probiotics Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) + Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) which regulate gastrointestinal micro flora, and aids in absorption of calcium and other minerals.
* Has low magnesium content to protect the kidneys
* Has Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids for healthy and shiny coat
* Enriched with Taurine, Calcium and Phosphorus for strong bones and teeth
Since Special Cat's launch last year, Pet Discount says it has done much better than expected. The owners forecast that the brand will steadily gain a better foothold on the market as it matures. After all it's not everyday that an Italian company goes out of its way to produce something unique for cats here, giving our resident cats one good reason to meow out loud: “It's more special in the Philippines!”
By ALMA J. BUELVA
PURINA Petcare Philippines, a business unit of Nestlé, plans on making 2016 more fun and exciting for people and their pets.
Without giving specifics, Joshua Frederick P. Alarkon from the local Purina office told MetroPets that they will continue the meaningful programs they have done in the past like the Lend A Paw campaign. He also hinted at the possibility of additional pet products to provide local consumers with more choices.
Known for its creed “Your pet, our passion”, Purina staged the social media-driven Lend A Paw program in 2014 and 2015 which encouraged pet owners to share original photos of themselves and their pets holding hands as a way of reaching out to shelter cats and dogs with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
“We saw the way pet owners love to take photos of their pets, so might as well do it in a way that could help,” said Alarkon.
For every valid photo entry, Purina donated a bowl of Alpo or Friskies for the animals at PAWS. In total, 17,000 bowls of pet food were donated in 2014 and 18,000 more in 2015.
Alarkon said it's likely that there'll be a third run of Lend A Paw this year, again for the benefit of PAWS.
“We chose to partner with PAWS because what they do is close to what Purina stands for,” he added.
The Lend A Paw campaign was primarily an avenue for Filipinos to help shelter animals, but it also attracted a big share of participants from abroad. This year, Purina aims for bigger participation among local pet lovers.
Meanwhile, Purina is in the middle of a Facebook-based campaign called PuspinsofMeownila that seeks to elevate the image of the humble native cat to high-quality pet material. (See related story).
“Purina wants to fulfill the lives of pets and pet lovers. Across the year we will have programs and events for dogs and cats,” Alarkon added.
Purina is the maker of the premium canned cat food Fancy Feast and also the popular brands Alpo, Friskies, Beggin' Strips and Tidy Cats (non-clumping cat litter). Asked if there'll be new products coming in the market this year, Alarkon declined to answer but emphasized that “pet lovers will be happier this year”.
LONDON-- The market for pet foods in Southeast Asia is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8 percent from 2014 to 2020. Among all the Southeast Asia countries, the pet care market in Philippines is expected to grow at a significant CAGR of 8.4 percent.
Future Market Insights (FMI) in its latest market report underscored that the major driver of this market is the growing pet humanization trend among pet owners and increasing demand for nutritious, healthy and organic pet foods rather than regular pet foods. Other trends such as changing consumer lifestyle and increasing disposable income in Southeast Asian countries are also driving increasing acceptance of pets, not only among the high-income group, but also the middle-income group.
FMI said the Southeast Asia pet care market accounted for US$ 952 million in terms of value in 2014. Thailand dominated the SEA pet care market in 2014, accounting for 43.62 percent market share; however, it is expected to lose market share by 50 BPS (basis points) in 2020.
The SEA pet care market is segmented on the basis of type, category and channel. By type, the market comprises dog food, cat food, pet products and others. Dog food was the major segment in 2014, accounting for 51.6 percent market share. This is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.7 percent during the forecast period.
By category, the market includes economy-priced, mid-priced and premium-price products. Of these, despite being the smallest market, the premium products segment is likely to grow at the highest CAGR of 7.2 percent.
Key players included in the FMI report are Mars, Inc., Nestlé Purina, Merck & Co. and Zoetis, which account for over 50 percent of the overall pet care market.
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