ASSALCO, the Italian Association of Pet-Food and Pet-Care Industries, was founded in 2006. Over 90% of volume in the national pet food market is currently accounted for by ASSALCO members.
Although only recently established, ASSALCO was originally part of the “Pet food Group”, formed in 1973 as part of the National Association of Compound Feed Manufacturers. The experience gained over the years by this group and its ability to provide innovative solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of the pet food and pet care sector led to its decision to seek more autonomy and independence. This was with the distinct aim of allowing it to operate more effectively with more clearly defined policies in its chosen field.
ASSALCO’s aims and objectives focus on safeguarding the interests of the pet food and pet care industry. It is also a key player in promoting and coordinating initiatives of a scientific or technical nature to enhance sector growth.
In the European context, ASSALCO is a member of FEDIAF, the European Pet Food Industry Federation that has recently introduced the “Guide to Good Practice for the Manufacture of Safe Pet Foods”. This guide is an essential and user friendly tool for the industry and outlines what needs to be done to fully comply with national and EU standards relating to the pet food sector.