Pet Product News and Trends

What's happening in the pet market? What are the trends that will shape the market in the months and years to come? Packaged Facts helps you keep up with the latest developments in pet products and services, providing timely reports and information to help you make sound strategic decisions.

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Natural, Organic, and Eco-Friendly Pet Products
in the U.S., 4th Edition

Pet Food ImageWith Hill’s reformulating Science Diet as a natural product, Walmart launching its first natural store brand (Pure Balance), Nestlé Purina coming on strong with Purina One Beyond, and Merrick taking organic to the next level with its acquisition of Castor & Pollux and organic certification—to name just a few recent market developments—big changes are underway in the U.S. market for Natural, Organic and Eco-Friendly Pet Products. More than ever as pet specialty and mass-market brands increasingly look alike, product differentiation is key, with trends including grain-free, human grade, and organic taking superpremium natural pet food to new heights. On the pet care side, eco-friendly products abound, with Petco now fielding its own Planet Petco line and companies embracing sustainable packaging and production processes like never before.

Also underpinning natural pet products’ steady advance is consumer demand for products perceived to be safer, an appeal that got a big boost from the spring pet food 2007 recalls and one that continues to define the way marketers formulate and position products. In Packaged Facts’ August 2012 Pet Owner Survey, approximately two-fifths (38%) of pet owners feel that natural/organic brand pet products are often better than standard national brand products, and 63% report they are very concerned about the safety of the pet products they buy. Featuring exclusive Packaged Facts pet owner survey data such as these, the report homes in on food and nonfood purchasing trends across multiple categories, as well as attitudes and demographic characteristics of natural and organic pet product purchasers.

Building on the analysis presented in the previous three editions of this report, this fully updated fourth edition of Natural, Organic and Eco-Friendly Pet Products in the U.S. divides the market into two classifications—pet food and pet care—with the latter defined as encompassing all nonfood pet supplies (cat litter, grooming products, flea/tick care products, supplements, clean-up products, etc.). For each classification, coverage includes historical and projected retail sales estimates from 2007 through 2017, competitive ploys of key players, and trends in new product development such as grain-free, low-glycemic, human-grade, raw pet food (including freeze-dried and dehydrated), refrigerated pet food, eco-friendly nonfood pet products, corporate sustainability initiatives, cause marketing, and social media usage. Additional data sources include SymphonyIRI marketer/brand sales data for mass-market channels, SPINSscan data for the natural supermarket channel and specialty gourmet channels, and Experian Simmons data profiling trends in pet ownership and product purchasing.

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Meet David Lummis
Senior Pet Market Analyst, Packaged Facts

David LummisDavid Lummis is the senior pet market analyst for market research publisher Packaged Facts. He is also author of the monthly “Market Outlook” column in Pet Product News International, and a regular contributor of articles and market insight to other pet industry magazines as well as major business media including The New York Times and CNNMoney.

Mr. Lummis also is president of New Orleans-based Marigny Research Group, Inc., a producer of custom market research reports for Packaged Facts. Since 1986, MRG has prepared more than 175 studies on consumer packaged goods markets and developed full report lines covering pet, demographic, retail and financial markets.

David Lummis, who graduated from Yale University in 1982, has also written approximately 75 other published B2B market reports and is the author of the book, Value Retailing in the 1990s.

Article Archive: The following articles first appeared in:
Pets International
Pet Food Industry
Pet Business Magazine
Pet Product News International - Market Outlooks
Pet Worldwide
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