Dogs in food is the name for the food the pets are fed.
It is produced in a factory by a small, privately-owned business that is backed by a group of international investors.
New Zealand is the only country in the world that has no laws preventing dog food companies from making changes to their products.
Dog food companies say their products are safe and nutritious.
The government is working with the industry to ensure they are not being used to harm dogs.
Key points: The government will consider an update to the Dog Food Act to reduce the price of some of the nation’s most popular dog food brands including Petzl, Petit, Petra and PetrusDog article New Zealand has been the main beneficiary of the global food supply chain, with more than $8bn worth of food products being produced and exported from its overseas markets in recent years.
Petzl has the biggest global market share, with about 60 per cent of the country’s exports.
PetrusDogs has a 40 per cent share of the market, followed by Petit (15 per cent), Petrol (14 per cent) and Petra (11 per cent).
The industry has been under pressure to reduce its price as it struggles to cope with a massive increase in demand for pet food.
But in a new report, the Australian Petfood Industry Association (APIA) says the government needs to do more to protect dogs in food.
It recommends the government make changes to the law to prevent the cost of some food brands from increasing, including changes to price caps.
APIA chief executive officer Matt Taylor said the industry needed to have more power over its products.
“We believe the government can do more by supporting our businesses and ensuring the prices we pay are consistent with other sectors,” he said.
Petrol is the biggest pet food company, with around 20 per cent market share.
APIAs Petrus dog food prices have increased significantly since 2013, the APIA said the cost for the industry was increasing at a faster rate than the industry itself.
It has now seen an average increase in price of around 6 per cent per year.
It says the increase in costs was driven by a large increase in the number of dogs needing to be fed and also by changes to how the industry sells its products in New Zealand.
Mr Taylor said it was time for the government to act to ensure New Zealanders did not pay more for their dog food.
“It’s time for a serious review of the law,” he told 7.30.
“That’s why the API has proposed changes to that law which would allow the government the power to impose a price cap on a particular product.”
APIA chairman Greg O’Keefe said he believed it was important to look at all aspects of the food supply chains, not just the food industry.
“The government needs a serious look at food supply and I think this report by APIA is the first step in that process,” he warned.
“As an industry we’re doing everything we can to support the industry and that’s what I would like to see happen in the future.”
API As a group, the industry says it pays around $5.6bn a year to feed and educate the pets of New Zealands 1.6 million people.
It produces the food for pet owners, as well as the products for schools and veterinary clinics.
“For us to feed our pets, to keep them healthy and safe and well fed is a vital part of our business,” Mr Taylor told 7,000 pet owners gathered in Wellington.
“This industry has a long history of caring for pets and they deserve the best pet food available to them.”
He said he did not want to see the costs of the industry go up.
“What we’re saying to you is that this industry is going to be there for you for a long time.
You’re going to have your food on the table, your pet is going in and you’re going out and you’ll be there with your dog,” he added.
What’s in dog food?
Petrus Dogs dog food contains 70 per cent beef, 30 per cent pork, 10 per cent chicken and 5 per cent fish.
Petros is the main meat supplier for the Australian market.
Petres beef, pork, chicken and fish comes from Australia and New Zealand, with beef from New Zealand also used.
The Australian beef market is worth about $1.2bn a day, according to the APAA.
The company says it produces its own beef from beef cows in the country.
“There are no chemicals or additives in the meat,” the company said in a statement.
The APIA also says the Australian beef industry is a major supplier of pet foods to Australia.
The New Zealand meat market is dominated by beef.
According to APIA data, Petrus has the second largest beef market share in the US with 20 per of all beef sales in the United