Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle presents at 2015 Global Pet Expo, seminar data indicates pet food and pet supply sales at $44 billion

Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle presents at 2015 Global Pet Expo, seminar data indicates pet food and pet supply sales at $44 billion

According to data presented by David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, during his U.S. Pet Market Trends and Outlook seminar at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida on March 4, retail channel sales of pet food and pet supplies approached $44 billion in 2014, up 2% over 2013. The pet market’s longer-term growth and prospects have continued to attract new players, expanding the range of marketers and retailers vying for a slice of the pie.

The market for the dog and cat food mar...


Necessity, improving economy drive spending in U.S. market for home organization products

Necessity, improving economy drive spending in U.S. market for home organization products

Sales of home organization products in the U.S. were on a tear until the recession and housing crash ground growth to a halt. In fact sales declined in 2008 and 2009 before beginning a r ecovery that continued through 2014. In the report Home Organization in the U.S.: General Purpose, Closets, Garages, and Storage Sheds, 3rd Edition , Packaged Facts estimates that U.S. manufacturer’s sales of home organization products reached $8.5 billion in 2014. The market grew at a compound annual growth rat...


Human/animal bond … in theaters everywhere as art imitates life

Human/animal bond … in theaters everywhere as art imitates life

This week, animal lovers and kids of all ages will be treated to a new six-minute short entitled Feast from Disney Animation. The story debuts on November 7, 2014 with the release of the company’s new film Big Hero 6. The short features a Boston terrier named Winston. A blog post on Disney’s website describes the film as follows: “Feast is the story of a newly adopted dog named Winston who bonds with his owner through a series of delicious meals-or at least the scraps thereof, delivered to his d...


Shopping for meat in all the right places

Shopping for meat in all the right places

“Free Range,” “Grass Fed,” “All Natural,” “Pasture Raised” - it all sounds so appealing how can any meat eater resist? And, in fact, plenty don’t. From all evidence, the market for beef, pork, lamb, bison, and venison raised in idyllic conditions is growing steadily. The USDA reports that meat (along with fish and poultry) has been the fastest growing component of the overall organic food market over the last decade. In addition, according to research from the USDA’s Economic Research Service (E...


Deconstructing “Hispanic” food shoppers

Deconstructing “Hispanic” food shoppers

Spending by Hispanic consumers for food at grocery and other food stores has grown more than 80% over the past decade, more than twice the growth rate registered by consumers on average. With the continuing dispersal of Latinos into areas not traditionally known for having substantial Hispanic populations, Hispanic food shoppers now represent a rapidly growing segment of the customer base of grocers throughout the country.

While Hispanic food shoppers offer a rich opportunity for food marketer...


Coffee companies go green to make green with eco-friendly maneuverings

Coffee companies go green to make green with eco-friendly maneuverings

An increasing number of U.S. businesses are concerned with managing their ecological footprint, and in recent years this dedication to going green has trickled down to the U.S. coffee market. In particular, to have a competitive foodservice coffee platform, being environmentally and socially responsible is increasingly important, according to Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee in the U.S.: Retail and Foodservice, 8th Edition , a recent report by Packaged Facts.

To illustrate this point, consider...


Pet industry gets bigger by getting smaller

Pet industry gets bigger by getting smaller

Small seems to be the way to go in the pet industry. It’s happening in a number of ways.



Big box pet specialty retailers Petco and PetSmart have been focusing their recent expansion efforts on opening smaller format stores. Unleashed by Petco stores, which are about 5,000 square feet, the company’s smaller format retail locations now exceed 100 stores. The concept was launched in just 2009. Similarly, PetSmart plans to open 18 to 24 stores in the 6,000 foot range this year.



Pet owners ar...


Innovation reinvigorating and reinventing our daily cup of joe

Innovation reinvigorating and reinventing our daily cup of joe

Our hat is off to coffee innovation, which continues to help a very mature market grow new usage occasions and higher price points. Threading this needle translates to continuing to push the variety envelope while leveraging hot coffee’s dominant position. In the end, it’s largely about raising the price of coffee-or at least getting more money per ounce.

Across restaurant menus, flavors that have universal appeal, such as mocha, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel, have the strongest penetration....


More than mere supermarkets, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are health food meccas

More than mere supermarkets, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are health food meccas

Unlike conventional supermarkets, Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s are destinations: places consumers seek out and travel to over long distances. The two chains’ retail strengths echo similar market strategies as they seek to capitalize on growing consumer interest in natural and organic products. In many ways, they also have very similar-and actually often the same-customers. Yet, the striking differences between the two chains are what keep the same consumers shopping at both. At Whole Food...


Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to present on dog and cat market trends at Global Pet Expo

Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to present on dog and cat market trends at Global Pet Expo

The 2014 Global Pet Expo, to be held March 12-14 in Orlando, FL, will feature a presentation entitled Dog and Cat Market Trends: Contexts and Implications by Packaged Facts’ research director David Sprinkle. The Global Pet Expo is the pet industry’s largest annual trade show and is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA).

Combining Packaged Facts’ extensive monitoring of the pet products market with new proprietary Pet Owner Su...