Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to present at Petfood Forum 2014

Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle to present at Petfood Forum 2014

Petfood Forum 2014 in Schaumburg, Illinois will feature a presentation by David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, on April 1. Mr. Sprinkle will share data and insights on retail pet food spending in the U.S., along with historical information, trends and projections for specific U.S. product categories. The presentation will include highlights from the report Pet Food in the U.S., 10 th edition , as well as other Packaged Facts research and reports.

Mr. Sprinkle will also partici...


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...


Now fleas and ticks do a little ’dance of death’

Now fleas and ticks do a little ’dance of death’

Ever since Merial’s flea and tick blockbuster Frontline went off patent four years ago, the flea and tick category has been in a state of intense competition. Several other fipronil-based products have made a splash, gnawing away at Frontline’s market share. While Merial has managed to force the withdrawal of some formulations, citing infringement on patents the company still holds, others have made inroads, including products from Sergeant’s (FiproGuard and Pronyl), Novartis (Parastar and EasyS...


Breakfast on-the-go is big business for quick-serve eateries and food retailers

Breakfast on-the-go is big business for quick-serve eateries and food retailers

There are many trends that are set by larger restaurants and retailers, and there are certainly just as many opportunities that are identified by those who have the resources to splurge ahead first. But that’s not always the case, however: Early last year, after talking up a big game, Wendy’s, with more than 6,000 restaurants globally, pulled out of testing and expanding its breakfast program.

The chain had talked up a big game of attack. At the onset, there were visions of breakfast paninis a...


Young adults in the ’Debit Age’ are skewing towards alternative and direct banking

Young adults in the ’Debit Age’ are skewing towards alternative and direct banking

Let’s start with a statistic that, for traditional banks, looks quite troubling; according to survey analysis conducted for Packaged Facts’ January 2014 Debit Cards in the U.S., 5th Edition , the percentage of 18-24 year olds having a “checking account at a bank, savings and loan, credit union, or brokerage firm” has plummeted by almost 30% during 2010-2013.

What’s happening here?

Clearly, traditional banks are losing checking account customers. And it’s not just customers larger banks may h...


Jumping into the Canadian pet market with all four feet

Jumping into the Canadian pet market with all four feet

Canadians love their pets, and the Canadian pet market’s steady growth over the past five years is proof positive that the “pets as family” mentality has taken firm root in the Canadian mindset, as health- and wellness-related spending and premium products drive sales slowly upward with each passing year.

Pets are aging along with their care-givers, but the costs of maintaining older pets hasn’t stopped the Baby Boomer population from abandoning their furry “children.” Veterinary costs are up ...


On the wings of Baby Boomers, ‘Grocery Shopping 2.0’ goes digital in big ways

On the wings of Baby Boomers, ‘Grocery Shopping 2.0’ goes digital in big ways

Instacart, a grocery delivery venture, backed by Sequoia Capital, has been getting a lot of press lately. And it’s no wonder that this grocery shopping startup, powered by personal shoppers, is also getting funded for big growth. It has its sights set on battling head-to-head with emerging competitors and big e-commerce players, such as Amazon.

Rise of the digital pluckers

Whether it’s Uber, a similar 50-city taxi service that uses contract personal drivers ordered through an online or app-b...


Crackers: A back-to-the-future frontier for food marketers

Crackers: A back-to-the-future frontier for food marketers

In the world of snacks, crackers are fast becoming the next big thing for snackers and the final frontier for food marketers. As harried, on-the-go Americans increasingly turn to snacks to satisfy their cravings and replace sit-down meals, they are discovering that crackers can offer an exciting and healthy alternative to traditional salty snacks such as chips, popcorn and pretzels. In a virtuous circle that promises to provide a significant boost to the market for crackers, major marketers in t...


Millennial adults increasingly seek alternatives to traditional banking

Millennial adults increasingly seek alternatives to traditional banking

While consumers historically underserved by mainstream financial services industry are often referred to as unbanked or underbanked, young adults are quickly joining their ranks. In Unbanked and Underbanked Consumers in the U.S., 3rd Edition , Packaged Facts found that the percentage of 18-24s who self-identify as unbanked has grown by almost 25% during 2005-2013. This jump has likely been influenced by recession-driven unemployment and wage trends that have disproportionately affected younger e...


Sophistication and wellness play out in key drivers of Boomer food decisions

Sophistication and wellness play out in key drivers of Boomer food decisions

The Baby Boomer generation is becoming a focal consumer population for the food industry and it’s a sophisticated one. This generation accounts for 44% of the households with incomes over $75,000, so discretionary spending is much greater than for younger consumers. Food marketers have been obsessed with Millennials as of late, but more than a third, or 36%, live at home with parents according to Pew Research.

Baby Boomers, as a mature consumer group, are statistically more affluent and well-p...