Dog Food Industry Experiencing Health Revolution

There has been a marked increase in the attention that people are giving the ingredients in the food that they are feeding their animals. The internet especially thru facebook has given customers a platform to air out their concerns, research the ingredients in food, and help make a positive change to an entire industry. Companies like Freshpet and Beneful are doing their best to ensure that future dog food is both healthy and affordable. For a look at just how focused health has become, let’s dip into the Freshpet factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Richard Thompson is the CEO of Freshpet and one of the greatest source of advertising that the company can offer. You can’t really win over a customer base as a young company without someone who is pouring their heart into the product. Thompson is in charge of leading tours through the facility and it is here that he regularly stuns visitors by plucking off dog food from the manufacturing belt and eating it right in front of them. Nobody in the warehouse bats an eye and soon everyone realizes that the dog food actually tastes good.

Freshpet and Nestle Purinastore are both focused on manufacturing dog food that pushes for more quality ingredients within the container. Gone are the days of preservatives ruling the world and now here is the expectation of quality ingredients being used for man’s best friend. Freshpet, like Beneful, is focused on fresh ingredients and vegetables and they are entirely focused on avoiding the usage of ‘filler’ ingredients just to pad out serving sizes and make a buck. This has led to products that re required to be eaten sooner but can be refrigerated to create longevity. It is an interesting trade off: are you willing to go through an inconvenience in order to give your dog a far superior product?

Like all industries we expect to see continued improvements from companies looking to get an edge with their new health focused consumers. We feel like this is only the beginning of a long term evolution toward health focused foods for even the smallest pets among us. We can thank and Freshpet for leading the way.

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President Maduro Sets Up Truth and Justice Commission

President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela just launched the Truth, Justice and Victims Reparation Commission to determine the source of the violence that claimed the lives of 43 people during anti-government demonstrations two years ago.

He made the announcement on the anniversary of the 2002 attempt to unseat former President Hugo Chavez. The commission will be organized by Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz. Danilo Diaz Granados posted on Linked In about his thoughts on this matter.

According to Maduro, the purpose of the newly launched commission is to shed light on the causes of the 2014 violence. He wants to prevent future coups, and therefore to bolster democracy in Venezuela. He intends to expose human rights abuses. And he wants to bring up the guarimbas blockades set up by the opposition in 2014. During the protests, in addition to the 43 deaths, hundreds of people were injured and public buildings and infrastructure were damaged.

After the protests were over, the government arrested and imprisoned 70 opposition activists, including the most prominent, Leopoldo Lopez.

In December the opposition to President Maduro gained control of the parliamentary National Assembly by promising to free the people they consider political prisoners. Last month according to Mr. Danilo Diaz, they passed a bill to free the 70 detainees. Venezuela’s Supreme Court just declared the bill unconstitutional.

Ernesto Samper will participate in the commission, an opportunity he welcomes. Samper is the General Secretary of the Union of South American Nations, an intergovernmental organization of 12 South American countries. He made reference to coming from a country, Columbia, with a long history of violence.

Maduro invited four opposition leaders to join the commission.


PolitiFact Destroys George Soros Conspiracy Theory

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee on Biography, recently called the Republican primary process a traveling clown car during an interview on the Daily Show. And she might be right, especially when you look at the recent advertisements run by The Trusted Leadership super PAC supporting Ted Cruz. It seems that the Ted Cruz campaign has stooped to a new low even after the revelation that the campaign made cold calls to Iowa Republican households falsely telling them that Ben Carson had dropped out of the race just before the Iowa caucus. This time, the Cruz campaign is lying with a television and the new targets are George Soros and John Kasich.

The attack ad shows unflattering images of both George Soros, the 85-year-old liberal financier, and Republican presidential candidate and current Ohio Governor John Kasich. The television ad claims that George Soros is funding A New Day for America on, the super PAC supporting John Kasich. The ad is trying to convince viewers that George Soros is using a super PAC to hide his campaign contributions in order to secretly fund the John Kasich campaign. It also claims that George Soros on twitter donations were made through two intermediaries, who just so happen to be former employees of Soros. This furthers the narrative that the money funneling into the John Kasich campaign is coming from a secret donor who does not wish to be revealed. And by associating Kasich with the ultra-liberal Soros, Cruz can tarnish the Governor’s conservative image and steal votes from him.

PolitiFact Ohio just ran an article interviewing political science professor Tom Sutter. The professor goes on in-length to describe all the ways that this accusation is unreasonable and downright silly. First of all, super PACs allow billionaires like George Soros to make unlimited contributions out in the open. 85-year-old man like Soros have nothing to hide and is quite telling if you read any interview with Soros, so this accusation is false. If he was financing Kasich’s campaign, he would do it more boldly, not through shady intermediaries.

PolitiFact on also did its homework on the alleged intermediaries of George Soros. It turns out that they are former employees, one currently running a hedge fund with seed money received from Soros. These former employees are not his henchmen and they both have a proven track record of political contributions to conservative candidates, including John Kasich. They just happen to be old friends of George Soros that disagree with him politically.

The ad also makes it clear that John Kasich is receiving this cash willingly. But as the political science professor points out in the PolitiFact article, John Kasich has no control over and super PAC and is prohibited from communicating with them. Another lie from the Ted Cruz campaign.

Brian Bonar Moves to Expand His Business Interests in San Diego

San Diego is renowned for its trendy lifestyle and swanky restaurant. This is even more evident in Escondido city, which located about 30 miles northeast of San Diego. The city is home to some of the best restaurants, groceries, scenic trails and public parks in the whole of California.

According to a restaurant review featured in the San Diego Magazine, the country’s best cooks are also based in the greater San Diego area. Among them is Patrick Ponsaty, a renowned Master French Chef. The success of Bellamy’s largely depends on the mastery of this beloved master chef. Brian Bonar is the entrepreneur behind the Bellamy’s bistro on Grand

Avenue, Escondido.

The Scottish entrepreneur brought a number of staff from El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn, which has for a long time been his favorite restaurant in San Diego. Some of the key staffs that were picked include; front of the house man houseman Trevor Da Costa and cook Mike Reidy, who later became the new executive chef at Bellamy’s.

The restaurant has already joined the roll of the best eateries in San Diego, thanks to its top of the range, international cuisine. The most popular cuisines include; Saffron Panna Cotta, Parsley Risotto and Mushroom Ravioli. Bonar also owns another bigger restaurant in the nearby Ranch at Bandy Canyon. He intends to transform the 144 acre piece of property into a 4 star establishment and restaurant.

About Brian Bonar

Bonar is a highly experienced entrepreneur and financial expert. According to B. Poreo Blog, his specialties in finance include; private equity, mergers and acquisition, sourcing ,venture capital and sales. Over the years, Bonar has managed to build a string of successful companies and held various executive positions.

Bonar began his business career at IBM in 1969 as procurement manager. He later became an engineer at QMS, where he was charged with leading a team of over 100 software and hardware development engineers. In September 1994, Bonar founded Bezier Systems CEO. At Bezier, he successfully created the first printer using SCSI technology.

Bonar is the current CEO and Chairman of Dalrada Financial Services and Trucept. At Dalrada, Bonar guides and directs the firm’s sales and management strategy. He joined Dalrada in June 1999. Bonar oversees temporary staffing and insurance product and services at Trucept.

In May 2006, Bonar founded the San Diego based AMS Outsourcing. In 2010, PRNewswire reported that Brian Bonar was named the distinguished Who’s Who’s Executive of the Year in Finance. In terms of education, Bonar holds a BSc in mechanical engineering from Strathclyde University, and a Master’s in Business administration and PhD in international business development from Stafford University in England.

Yeonmi Park’s Long Walk To Freedom

North Korea remains one of the most mysterious and controversial nations in the world, but has recently seen a little of the veil of secrecy slip with the publication of a memoir by defector Yeonmi Park. After spending almost two years enduring a battle simply to survive the student has published a memoir detailing the journey to freedom Yeonmi Park and her mother undertook; the Amazon released memoir, “In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom” also provides a glimpse into life within this notoriously secret society.

Yeonmi Park has seen and lived almost every aspect of life in North Korea after being born into a family that was part of the elite of the country, but found herself living with the poorest people in the country after a decision to trade on the black market by her father led to his imprisonment. One of the most shocking aspects of the book is the revelation that starvation and humanitarian problems affect people in all areas of North Korean society on an almost daily basis.

Yeonmi Park was inspired to seek out the freedoms we all take for granted after watching Hollywood movies and dreaming of the freedoms most people take for granted in the western world. In 2007, Park, her mother and sister crossed freezing waters into China and placed their lives in the hands of human traffickers; the issue of abuse and trafficking has become one Yeonmi Park has highlighted in her speeches and writings that are becoming increasingly popular around the world.

Despite the success Yeonmi Park has found as a human rights activist she has not forgotten the people of her own country who remain stranded behind the borders of the communist country. Park now combines her studies with a busy life as a human rights activist, which has seen her tell her own story that can be watched on Youtube at the One World Summit in Dublin, Ireland and write for some of the best known publications in the world.



Crowdsourced Solution in Sweden to Wikipedia’s Text to Speech Functionality

At the KTH Royal Instititute of Technology University in Sweden’s, Stockholm, Wikipedia sought help from the speech synthesis specialists to attempt an open source text to speech platform to make Wikimedia in Sweden speak. Not only has the pilot program been successfully but a full 25% of users now deem the function as “needed or preferred.” In real numbers that equates to over 125M users a month. In an attempt to broaden the platform’s usability, Wikipedia has named Joakim Gustafson as the program head. Gustafson reports that they have built the framework around an open source speech synthesizer and that it can be used with any such synthesizer. The head of the speech synthesis department, Gustafson, anticipates the ability to substitute or add certain modules in the text to speech system. In an interview, he let slip that the TTS being open would allow that functionality to do more than just speak websites or Wiki pages.

But there will be a great demand over the new platform development which is scheduled next for the English Wikipedia pages. Due to the large amount of data on text to speech development with the English language, the true test will be in the final phase of the project. By September of 2017, Gustafson anticipates having built up the capability of a data set similarly functioning in Arabic. Currently no such system exists and the project will be providing it as a proof of concept. Though regardless of the language, one can foresee this technology being developed at some point for all of the Wikipedia languages and more wiki sites.

The technology can only add to the growing excitement over Wikipedia’s trend in Wikipedia business page creation. Wikipedia’s publishing of private business pages provides the subject documented and verifiable stature of appearing in the worlds’ largest encyclopedia. The same can be done for sole proprietorships’ and individuals alike. The trick is getting your page published which is where hiring Wiki experts comes in handy.

Though currently, Wikipedia writing services have really taken the teeth out of the arduous task of formatting and perfecting one’s entry. Get Your Wiki for instance, custom quotes each page their Wiki writers for hire craft on behalf of the commercial entities or people for whom it contracts and author’s a correctly formatted, English perfected and grammar checked version of a Wiki crafted all about your business. Because they use the proper platform and editorial checklists that Wikipedia itself uses, they guarantee your money back if the page is not published. They also offer a monitoring service so that any time there is inaccurate information on your page their Wiki experts will make the necessary Wikipedia revisions. They will also take care of keeping the information on your page current and will update a Wiki page any time there is new information about the person or company.

Addressing the Unpaid Loan

The has released an article that deals with the unpaid debt that is bring attention to New Brunswick Devco. Millions of dollars of missed payments have been racked up. The loan has been made in 2005 under the allowance of The New Brunswick Development Corp. There is also a sister corp that is expecting to look after more than $200 million in financing from public and private entities. There is also plans for new CRDA money of the amount of $19.5 million. Both of the companies are under the leadership and management of Christopher Paladino. It is believed that it may take a couple of years to be able to pay off the loan.

Devco is a real estate urban development non-profit company that is privately owned. It has been established with the purpose of handling urban renewal projects. In the 1970s, the company was formed so that it could encourage and aid in the participation of city rejuvenation projects. It has helped improve the quality of cities and help the city be brought back into a better condition. Among the things Devco does is work with partnerships between public and private parties, as well as oversee investments for New Brunswick.


Sanjay Shah Has The Midas Touch With a Heart


When Sanjay Shah started Solo Capital in 2009, he could not have known how much it would increase his fortune. Although he had been doing quite well as a hedge fund guru on Wall Street, when that whole industry imploded in 2009 he suddenly found himself kicked to the actual street. He had been quite successful for Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and at Credit Suisse, yet still ended up without a job. He did not give up, he did not give in, he just got going. He launched an innovative new business when others were taking early retirement. He is now a retired, but very wealthy and busy philanthropist, living in “The Palm” of Dubai.

He grew Solo Capital from his first business: Aesa S.a.r.l. Along the way he acquired many other businesses in many different locales, including places like the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Malta, Luxembourg, and London. Solo Capital Holdings owns the Solo Capital Limited and Solo Capital UK trademarks according to crunchbase. In 2011 these businesses brought in £19 million pounds, for that year alone. He is now estimated to be worth about $280 million dollars. He bought another hedge fund, called Old Park Lane Capital.

But Sanjay Shah has not rested on his laurels. Although he now claims retirement, the work he has been doing to help those debilitated by autism is phenomenal. His son is autistic. When Snoop Dogg met him at Sanjay’s family home in Dubai, the multi-platinum superstar recording artist suggested that Sanjay get into the music business and use the profits to fund autism research. Sanjay took this idea and ran with it, founding his own autism funding charity: Autism Rocks. His charity organization hosted many private concerts featuring big names, such as Snoop Dogg, Michael Bublè, Lenny Kravitz, and Drake, to name just a few. To date Autism Rocks has raised well over $15 million dollars to support an intensive research program at Cambridge University.

More And More Upstarts Are Placing An Emphasis On Taste And Quality In Their Pet Food Selections


As Richard Thompson slices off a piece of Chunky Chicken from the manufacturing line, he professes the fact that he is obsessed with the quality of his products. He is the chief executive officer of a gourmet dog food manufacturer who only uses fresh ingredients and avoids preservatives. The company’s manufacturing chief – Michael Hieger – was also reported to have picked up and ate a slice, proving just how delicious and healthy their products are.

This was the scenario which occurred during a tour of the Freshpet Inc factory that’s located in Pennsylvania. The company is said to be amongst a thriving group of innovators who are placing a heavy emphasis on the providing high nutritious meals that consist of high quality ingredients to dogs and cats.

This marks a significant shift in the industry because even though companies traditionally used a blend of salmon, lamb, chicken into their products, they never really placed any restraints on the other ingredients that they place on it that other upstarts like Purinastore, Blue Buffalo Co and Freshpet have been avoiding such as preservatives.

A prime example of such, wold be Colgate-Palmolivie. They have various dog food products that can help dogs lose weight. Meanwhile other companies such as Mars’ Cesar Home Delights include beef stroganoff and lasagna into their line of products. The point being is that more and more companies are placing a heavy emphasis on providing pet food that is nutritious, consist of high quality ingredients and healthy as well.

Beneful has always been known for being a global leader of providing high quality dog food, so much so that many experts believe that the primary reason why many upstarts are now placing a emphasis on the quality of the ingredients that they use, is just a way to compete with Beneful – the leading provider of healthy dog food.

In fact, if you take a close look at the product selection that Beneful has to offer, not only will you realize that they have a vast selection of different kinds of food such as chicken with carrots, peas and wild rice as well as turkey, sweet potatoes, brown rice and spinach, most of their products have been enriched with minerals and vitamins that are essential to a dog’s health. On top of that, they even have high quality products that serve a specific function such as their healthy smile dental twists which are treats that have been enriched with various vitamins that promote oral health.


Gourmet Pet Food Market is On Rise


The market for organic and natural human food has really hit it big, and as a result natural and organic food for our furry friends is making a big dent in the market too. Some of the food marketed towards pets is almost good enough for humans to eat and looks just like the food that we eat. Pet owners are increasingly concerned with the health and nutrition of their dogs and cats, and market trends reflect that.

Small pet food companies such as Freshpet, Inc specialize in this kind of pet food. In a recent article posted in the business section of the Daily Herald, the manufacturing chef was featured eating a slice of this gourmet pet food, which is currently the only industrial refridgerated pet food on the market. Even some of the bigger names in Pet Food have entered the organic gourmet market.

Specially dog food is nothing new. Gourmet pet food makers have been adding whole salmon and chicken to dog and cat food for years. But this new pet food trend takes it to a whole new level. Mars’ Ceasar Delights is a line of dog food that is designed to look just like people food and is marketed as such. They sell lasangna and beef stroganoff for dogs. Nestle allows pet owners to customize the ingredients in their pets food online as a way of optimizing nutrition.

Even one of the biggest names in pet food Purina, has it’s own line of gourmet dog food that is intended to be real healthy food. Beneful is a line under the Purina name that offers fresh healthy food for dogs. They offer a variety of options, and promise ingredients like fresh whole grains, and whole salmon, chicken, peas, and carrots. Until recently this kind of food was something dogs could only steal off of their owners plates.

Other offerings that Beneful has include a special line of dog treats that are designed to keep dogs teeth and gums healthy. Dog owners know just how important it is to keep the teen of dogs clean, but it is nearly impossible to brush a dogs teath. Solutions like this are what make the gourmet dog food market so profitable.