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The Problem With Paying for “Insurance”

There’s nothing worse than paying every month for a service that you never use. In fact, reviewing monthly bank statements actually re-stimulates that annoyance each time. What am I talking about? Monthly “membership dues” to the trade association. Paying month after month for something that you’re not currently using can …

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How War is Fought in the 21st Century

I received my warfare education at Officer Training School, United States Air Force. That was our first introduction to this – psychological warfare. Most often called psy-ops, this warfare adjunct was a huge part of many wars, including the Vietnam War – on both sides. Hanoi Hannah (see picture) would broadcast …

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Manufacturer’s Rights

Standing up for manufacturer’s rights is a foundational effort of Next Gen PFMA. In January (2019), we were notified of illegal seizure of frozen raw pet milk by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). The NJDOH incorrectly cited human food law (Title 24), as reason for their actions; pet …

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Human Grade Pet Foods – AAFCO Forms New Working Group

As was recommended at the 2018 annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, AAFCO has formed a new working group to discuss human grade pet food. “The Workgroup Mission shall be to utilize AAFCO’s current Terms, Definitions, and Guidance for Human Grade Pet Food claims and guidance from USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service, …

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Who’s who at AAFCO – August 2018

The 2018 annual AAFCO meeting just finished August 1 in Fort Lauderdale. Representatives from 44 of the 50 United States, as well as Canada and seven other countries were present. It’s interesting to note that not all states send representatives to AAFCO. That does not mean those states don’t have …

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What is your goal for attending SuperZoo 2017?

Many of our present and future members will be in attendance in Las Vegas the last week of July 2017. It almost seems like a rite of passage when your pet business has grown enough to support a booth at SuperZoo, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (NV). It is truly an amazing opportunity …

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Next Gen Members are Growing at 40% a Year

Making up less than 10% of the pet food marketplace, Next Gen PFMA members (and those nutritionally defensible small pet food manufacturers who aren’t YET members) are growing at 40% per year! We’re growing, while  large conglomerate “crappy kibble’ players are losing ground – it’s no wonder they’re playing hardball …

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