Marine Cargo Insurance … Again

Again a shipping accident is in the news with the loss of over 500 containers from a ship sailing from Rotterdam to Sri Lanka.  The containers were lost in the Bay of Biscay.  For those whose cargo was insured, there was minimal loss.  But for those who cargo was not insured, there was major loss.  […]

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Not for Public Consumption

I am not happy.  It seems that most of my rants are not for public consumption.  When I am upset with you  (whoever you are), I am prohibited from posting that particular peeve.  (Sara is my editor and she is a strong believer in the “delete” key.)  The result is a long period of without […]

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Don’t Call Me!

First, this is not directed at anyone in particular.  It is directed at everyone.  Don’t call me.  Email me.   Put it in writing.  If you want us to follow your instructions, we must have them in writing.  We cannot take responsibility for misunderstanding your needs, requirements, desires, or plans.   At GDM, we are firm […]

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Forecast 2012: Pricing and Ingredients

In general, we are expecting rather stable pricing through 2012.  Some ingredients have risen in price, while others have fallen. Potato: There was a poor potato harvest this year.  As a result, potato prices have risen. Barley & Milo: Prices for these grains are also up. Corn: The heavy rainfall and heat in some areas […]

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PET FOOD TERMINOLOGY – GDM’S DEFINITIONS

There is a lot of confusion as to what various terms associated with pet food mean.  Some terms have legal definitions and some terms are just marketing concepts.  Let’s start with terms that have actual legal definitions. Organic: There are two organic classifications – USDA Certified Organic and Organic.  To be USDA Certified Organic, a […]

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Super Premium Pet Foods Are Too Expensive?

All too often, I hear that one or another of the super premium pet foods we represent is “too expensive.”  My first response is that there is a price to be paid for quality.  Quality ingredients, low-temperature cooking, and quality packaging all cost money. Upon further reflection, it really seems that quality super premium pet […]

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Pricing Forecast for 2011

We expect pet food prices to increase about 5% during the first quarter of 2011.  The primary reasons are: a) Weak Dollar b) Poor harvest in Russia c) Increased demand for commodities from China and India Weak Dollar The weak Dollar means that US commodities are relatively inexpensive on the world market.  This results in […]

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LARGER SHIPS ON THE HORIZON

There are reports that container ship capacity will soon be increasing which will hopefully ease the difficulty of booking containers. It may even help reduce current freight rates but there is no guarantee of that. It has been reported that earlier this month, four steamship lines took delivery of ships larger than 8,000 TEUs (twenty […]

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