Finding the Silver Lining in Pandemic-Era Pet Food

Finding the Silver Lining in Pandemic-Era Pet Food

COVID-19 has wrought vast and ongoing changes and challenges for U.S. businesses. Nevertheless, the pet food market has been living up to its recession-resistant reputation, highlighting the “silver lining” the overall pet market has experienced as a result of the pandemic.


Pet Food and Health: The Veterinary Angle

Pet Food and Health: The Veterinary Angle

As with pet health choices generally, veterinarians should play a more proactive role in guiding their customers to balanced pet food choices.


“Other” Pet Store Sector in Transition

“Other” Pet Store Sector in Transition

Packaged Facts estimates pet product sales of pet specialty stores other than PetSmart and Petco at under $6 billion. These “other” pet chain or independent stores consist primarily of smaller- and mid-size formats, although also with some superstore-size outlets among the regional chains.


Online Sales are Key to Pet Food Growth

Online Sales are Key to Pet Food Growth

The pet food market is in the midst of a retail channel show-down, with online juggernauts Amazon and Chewy pulling out stops while putting pricing pressure on pet specialty and mass retailers and eroding the divide between them.


Pet Food Sales Get Physical: Brick-and-Mortar Stores Preferred by Dog and Cat Owners

Pet Food Sales Get Physical: Brick-and-Mortar Stores Preferred by Dog and Cat Owners

Despite e-commerce uptick, 88% of dog owners, 93% of cat owners purchase pet food in a store


For pet marketers, the natural and organic segment is competitive catnip

For pet marketers, the natural and organic segment is competitive catnip

Gone are the days when pet owners had to seek out their local independent pet store to find a decent selection of natural pet products. Today, natural, organic and eco-friendly pet products generate billions of dollars of sales annually across a wide range of channels--and the market just keeps growing.


Mars Inc.'s Acquisition of VCA: More Fidos, Fewer Sugars

Mars Inc.'s Acquisition of VCA: More Fidos, Fewer Sugars

The VCA deal gives Mars further latitude for growth beyond the mass-market product arena. That’s especially important because it’s not just kibble sales that have flattened in the mass market; the same is true for candy. Even in the case of Mars, with its globally iconic portfolio of chocolate and non-chocolate (sugar) candy brands, confectionery manufacturers face considerable challenges to growth.


There’s no denying it: Age and weight affect our pets

There’s no denying it: Age and weight affect our pets

Although pet owners may not like to think of their pets as old or overweight, the need for products targeting overweight/obese pets or senior pets is increasing.


What we’re reading - A healthier way to feed your cat: Hide its meals, says The New York Times

What we’re reading - A healthier way to feed your cat: Hide its meals, says The New York Times

Packaged Facts covers cat food across our catalog of pet products & services reports. Save 10% on any pet report through October 1 with discount code PETSUMMER10.

July 26 - Much like people, cats need portion control. They need regular exercise. And some experts even say they really should be in charge of their own feeding schedule.

Taken together, these factors boil down to the notion that cats should not be eating from bowls. Plopping a scoop of food into a bowl is not enough!

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What we’re reading: Record attendance set at Petfood Forum 2016

What we’re reading: Record attendance set at Petfood Forum 2016

May 6 - The 2016 Petfood Forum was a rousing success as attendance swelled to record numbers.

Popular opinion attributes the increase to the successful strategic relocation of the forum to Kansas City, which placed attendees and exhibitors directly in the center of the animal health corridor. Naturally, we at Packaged Facts like to believe that the irresistible draw of a presentation by our very own David Sprinkle was the real X-factor.

Mr. Sprinkle presented on high-protein trends in the pe...