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Jemma Snow, Principal
Consultant at CSG Talent is an experienced recruiter within Animal Health and
Nutrition. Recently, Jemma had the opportunity to attend Interzoo based in Nuremburg,
Germany where she had the chance to network with clients and candidates within
her market, as well as attend in-person meetings with many connections she has
only met through virtual means.
Interzoo is a fantastic
event covering a broad spectrum of animal specialisms with over 2000 exhibitors
from 66 countries and 38,000 attendees from over 126 countries. It’s the
world’s leading trade fair event for the pet industry.
Interzoo is the biggest
marketing platform for the international pet industry, manufacturers,
wholesalers and service providers. It’s an event on such a large scale it’s a
key source of inspiration and insight for the animal and pet industry across
“I made some fantastic
new connections with both potential clients and candidates, it also allowed me
to put faces to names and meet people in person, after speaking with them
virtually for a number of years! Hearing latest industry trends and insights
allowed me to build a greater understanding of how the market is currently
shaping, especially within the US and Europe.
It was a superb
opportunity to represent CSG Talent as a brand ambassador, sharing our own
insights with other attendees of the event. It’s been great to engage with new
clients and start new partnerships to support their hiring strategy. I’ve been
to many UK based trade events before, but Interzoo was amazing to be able to
attend, the scale of the event is huge and showcases exhibitors across the
Jemma has built up
years of experience working within this market, working across livestock
through to pets and exotic animals. She stays up to date with latest trends,
developments and challenges in the market to enable her to effectively support
her clients with their business growth plans, and candidates with their career
“It was great to speak
with some of the newer organisations in the industry, start-up companies who
bring with them new ideas and approaches, as well as hearing from some of the
more established global players. There is a shift for alternatives from the
traditional wet meat-based cat and dog food.
seems to be the hot new ingredient in pet treats and supplements, possibly
supplanting CBD (though there’s still plenty of that to be found). The
up-and-coming collagen trend is no surprise, considering it is big in human
food and supplements, and pet food often closely follows human food. As a structural
protein derivative with ties to chondroitin sulphate, glucosamine and
hyaluronic acid, it may fit alongside these ingredients in the geriatric
health, joint and mobility, and osteoarthritis market channels.
Also continuing a
trend that started pre-pandemic, freeze-dried and air-dried raw meat pet foods
and treats were prevalent.
Sales of freeze-dried
pet food increased 31.1% in 2021, according to a report recently issued by
NielsenIQ. The report’s data did not include the air-dried subcategory, but a
closely related one, dehydrated, recorded 25.9% growth. Granted, both
subcategories are still small relative to others within pet food—for example,
grain-free pet food registered sales of US$4.1 billion in 2021, compared to
US$324.8 million for freeze-dried and US$387.6 million for dehydrated—but the
growth rates are multiples higher than that for grain-free, at 4.3%.
Many more pet foods,
treats and supplements included American bison (Bison bison) in their
descriptions. Bison-based dog, cat and other pet edibles ranged from kibbles
and freeze-dried raw diet to treats made from bison by-products like hearts and
lungs. Despite marketing efforts disparaging by-products, using the whole
animal reduces waste and boosting a products’ environmental sustainability.
Similarly, raising bison or other livestock requires land, water, feed and
other resources. Bison tend to need fewer inputs from people than cattle. As a
native species, the American bison generally cause less environmental damage
than introduced cows, sheep and pigs.
After rebounding from
near-extinction, bison now provide novel pet food protein. Pet food producers
may market bison-meat pet foods as sustainable. Bison remains uncommon in dog
and cat foods, so it may also help pet foods stand out on retailers’ shelves
spoke about having to adapt processes as a result of increased manufacturing
and utility costs. Many businesses are streamlining activities and processes to
reduce outgoings. They are looking at other ways to offset their rising costs,
rather than just passing them on to the consumer by raising the price of their
products. To overcome inflation, pet food manufacturers are focusing their
efforts on process improvements to increase efficiency at their processing
facilities. They are also implementing cost reduction strategies that
significantly improve the bottom line.
A technology that is
increasingly being implemented in pet food processing facilities throughout the
world is liquid product recovery (“pigging”) technology. Pigging systems
recover residual liquid from process pipelines. They are a great way for pet
food manufacturers to improve the efficiency, productivity, profitability, and
the competitiveness of pet processing operations.
With all these changes
taking place it is no wonder that pet food manufacturers are continuing to
search for the best people in the business to join their teams and help them
overcome these hurdles and look to the future – which is where I, and CSG
Talent, come in. We can work with
organisations to find the top talent they are looking for.
“Events like this
enable me to continue building my credibility with clients and candidates
within Animal Health and Nutrition, and to demonstrate my genuine passion and
interest for this industry. People like to know that you truly interested in
them as an individual, but also what their organisation has to bring.
Ultimately, what the benefits and impact that has to the animals in both the
short and long term.
I love networking with likeminded people, being an extrovert I really do get my energy from other people and Interzoo was a great opportunity for this. People invest in people like them, in people they like. I differentiate myself from others in my field as a recruitment partner, not only do I have strong knowledge of my market and continue to expand this, but I work closely in partnership with passion, integrity and honesty.”
Jemma is an
experienced recruiter within the Animal Health and Nutrition market, where she
works with newly developed start-up organisations right through to global
enterprises. Not only does Jemma have vast recruitment strategy experience and
an in-depth knowledge of her market, she also has a genuine interest and
passion for animals herself.
Jemma offers Animal
Health recruitment solutions over a wide variety of roles:
Technical: New Product
Development, Animal Nutritionists, Veterinary Technical Advisors, Clinical
specialists – Veterinary Surgeons & Nurses, Regulatory Affairs
Sales: Sales Managers,
Key Account Managers, Export Managers, Sales Executives
Brand/Product Managers, Digital Executives, Marketing Managers, Marketing
Executive’s, Content Marketing Specialists, Events related roles
Managerial: VP’s, CEO’s
“Having grown up in
what I can only describe as a “mini zoo” I've always had an interest in Animal
Health and Nutrition. I’m passionate about helping people to progress their
careers in this industry. I love the clients I work with, and I aim to make sure
no stone is left unturned so that our clients will always have every option
presented to them. I’m excited to see how Animal Health and Nutrition will
continue to develop over the coming years.”
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