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disorders. In January 2018, the company acquired Genoscoper Laboratories, a Finland-based molecular diagnostics specialist for companion animals.
"DNA testing is the only way to detect carriers or
affected puppies with late-onset forms of inherited
canine eye disorders," said Cynthia Cole, DVM, Ph.D.,
DACVCP and general manager of Wisdom Health, Mars
Petcare's companion animal genetics business. "Working
with breeders, we can help decrease the incidence of
these disorders in the future. We're at a pivotal time
in companion animal genetic research, and with [the
acquisition of OptiGen] we will add to the growing body
of knowledge to help veterinarians' ability to predict and
treat inherited eye disorders for dogs."
hensive restructuring , strengthening its commercial and
administrative areas and investing in new machinery.
Thai Union Group
Annual revenue: US$721.10 million in 2017
Analysis: Deuerer continues to look for and take
advantage of opportunities that will allow the company to
expand and diversify, both in the private label space and
within its own brands. With a presence in Europe, Asia and
North America, and ownership of several major European
brands (including Vitakraft, Pets Choice and Villeneuve Pet
Food), Deuerer is among Europe's largest pet food interests.
Recent developments: In February 2017, Deuerer
acquired Kurhessische Fleischwarenfabrik (KFF, renamed
KFF pet care GmbH) and converted its meat and sausage
production plant to a dog and cat snack food plant, taking
advantage of premium segment opportunities in dog and
Also in 2016 and 2017, the company underwent compreIndustry August 2018
ASIA-PACIFIC: Unicharm Corp.
Annual revenue: US$752.65 million in 2017
($733.15 million in 2016)
Analysis: Unicharm dominates the Japanese pet
food (and pet care overall) market with its diverse
lines of products. Its presence in North America
remains steady, with the company focusing on
internet sales as e-commerce continues to gain traction in the pet food market.
Recent developments: At the end of May 2018,
Jeffries Financial Group estimated that, overall,
Unicharm will earn US$0.19 per share for fiscal year
(FY) 2018. Further forecasts expect shares to continue
to trade up, at US$0.22 for FY2019 and US$0.24 for
Domestically, in the first quarter of FY2018,
Unicharm expanded its Grand Deli brand of dog food
with Grand Deli Soft and Easy-to-Eat Ultra-Small
Morsels, a product for ultra small dogs (defined as
dogs weighing less than 5 kilograms). The line offers
products for dogs at all life stages as well as for dogs
specifically 13+ years old. The company also launched
a cream cheese flavor in its Grand Deli Ottotto brand,
dog snacks with crispy texture jointly developed with
Morinaga & Co. Ltd.
In the North American market, sales have remained
steady in wet-type snacks. In the first quarter of FY2018,