Content about Pet foods

October 25, 2013

Many pet owners are confused about pet nutrition and industry standards, according to a new survey.

PHILADELPHIA — Many pet owners are confused about pet nutrition and industry standards, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by petMD, found that nearly 80% of respondents were aware of the importance of a balanced diet for their pets, but less than half had ever checked the label of their pet's food to make sure it met industry-wide standards.

September 11, 2013

Volume sales of pet foods have been flat, but a rash of premium brands have kept the category profitable for retailers. Dog owners spend an average of $239 annually, and cat owners spend $209 annually on pet food, according to American Pet Products Association.

While consumers are price sensitive, they won’t cut corners when it comes to what they feed their pets. A recent report by Mintel found that healthy eating trends are driving innovation and marketing strategies in the pet food market.

Volume sales of pet foods have been flat, but a rash of premium brands have kept the category profitable for retailers. Dog owners spend an average of $239 annually, and cat owners spend $209 annually on pet food, according to American Pet Products Association.

While consumers are price sensitive, they won’t cut corners when it comes to what they feed their pets. A recent report by Mintel found that healthy eating trends are driving innovation and marketing strategies in the pet food market. The trend also is driven by the soaring obesity rates among cats and dogs.

September 10, 2013

Products that focus on convenience are winning big in the pet category.

Products that focus on convenience are winning big in the pet category. “Boomers are still driving so much of the category,” said Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Association. “They love their pets, but they still live active lifestyles. Products that make pet care more convenient have become very popular.”

September 10, 2013

Consumers are spending when it comes to pet care and grooming.

Consumers are spending when it comes to pet care and grooming. "Overall, the humanization of pets is driving both the grooming and dental categories," said Brian Collier, a spokesman for Naturel Promise. "Pet parents are, more than ever, concerned about the well-being, comfort and health of their pets."

September 5, 2013

Natura Pet Products brand California Natural is rolling out a new grain-free dog food option, Pork Meal and Sweet Potatoes Formula, along with a new packaging design to highlight the brand's philosophy of using limited ingredients.

FREMONT, Neb. — Natura Pet Products brand California Natural is rolling out a new grain-free dog food option, Pork Meal and Sweet Potatoes Formula, along with a new packaging design to highlight the brand's philosophy of using limited ingredients.

August 22, 2013

Merrick Pet Care announced a new line of cat food and a new marketing campaign behind a fictional, "acclaimed" food critic, W. "Mittens" Bloomfield.

AMARILLO, Texas — Merrick Pet Care announced today a new line of cat food and a new marketing campaign behind a fictional, "acclaimed" food critic, W. "Mittens" Bloomfield.

February 25, 2013

Pet supplies may have had limited growth this past year, but the stars of the segment are healthcare-related products. Pet supplies saw a 2% increase, bringing sales to $11.1 billion, according to Packaged Facts. The market research firm projects that this year, pet supplies will grow 4% over 2012 sales.

Pet supplies may have had limited growth this past year, but the stars of the segment are healthcare-related products. Pet supplies saw a 2% increase, bringing sales to $11.1 billion, according to Packaged Facts. The market research firm projects that this year, pet supplies will grow 4% over 2012 sales.

October 11, 2012

Anyone with pets knows that the challenge of getting them to swallow pills is up there with giving them baths.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Anyone with pets knows that the challenge of getting them to swallow pills is up there with giving them baths.

One company has introduced a line of products designed to make the process easier. Kinn announced the launch of Kudose, which allows pills to be hidden inside homemade treats, and Krocodile, a pill splitter and crusher.

August 17, 2012

The pet category remains strong. The American Pet Products Association expected that consumers will spend $52.87 billion on their pets this year.

The pet category remains strong. The American Pet Products Association expected that consumers will spend $52.87 billion on their pets this year. About $12.56 billion of that will be spent on supplies and over-the-counter products.


Bob Vetere, president of the organization, said the category’s next big area will be health-related products, treats and foods. “We are keeping our pets longer and are looking to keep them healthier right from the beginning,” he said.

 

 

June 21, 2012

American consumers still are spending on their pets. The American Pet Products Association estimated that consumers will spend nearly $53 billion on their pets this year, an increase of nearly 4% over 2011 spending.


American consumers still are spending on their pets. The American Pet Products Association estimated that consumers will spend nearly $53 billion on their pets this year, an increase of nearly 4% over 2011 spending.


A recent survey from CouponCabin.com found that 75% of pet owners said the state of the economy did not affect their spending on their pet. More than 20% of respondents said they spend $51 to $100 per month on their pets.


June 20, 2012

With more retail pharmacies pursuing pet prescriptions, Drug Store News recently talked to Rob Devlin, Nutramax director of veterinary science division, for some perspective on what the opportunity might be across the aisle in over-the-counter pet health products.

With more retail pharmacies pursuing pet prescriptions, Drug Store News recently talked to Rob Devlin, Nutramax director of veterinary science division, for some perspective on what the opportunity might be across the aisle in over-the-counter pet health products.

DSN: With the number of retailers looking to expand their reach into veterinary pharmaceuticals, what is the opportunity on the OTC side?

May 11, 2012

The past two weeks have seen two new additions to the list of retailers selling prescription drugs for pets, showing that this space, while still small, is growing in importance.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — The past two weeks have seen two new additions to the list of retailers selling prescription drugs for pets, showing that this space, while still small, is growing in importance and offers a good way for retailers to drive customer traffic.

February 15, 2012

Graine de Vie is expanding its (seed) product portfolio with the February launch of its new (seed) body oils.

NEW YORK — Graine de Vie is expanding its (seed) product portfolio with the February launch of its new (seed) body oils.

The new body oils feature grape seed oil, apricot oil, sunflower oil, olive oil and coconut oil, which are combined with essential oil aromatherapy. The product is housed in a spray pump for easy use.

The body oils launch Feb. 27 and are available in relaxing and therapeutic healing blends. They are priced between $10 and $12 for a 4-oz. bottle with spray applicator.

October 25, 2011

Natura Pet Products has expanded its California Natural grain-free line.

FREMONT, Neb. — Natura Pet Products has expanded its California Natural grain-free line.

California Natural grain free now includes two varieties of adult dog food: kangaroo and red lentils formula and salmon meal and peas formula. Both products contain novel proteins, in addition to essential vitamins and minerals to ensure canines have a complete and balanced diet, the company said.

The new formulas are available in 5-lb., 15-lb. and 30-lb. bags, and will hit retail next month.

August 24, 2011

Pet lovers want the best for their furry friends. Last year, Americans spent $55 billion on their pets, according to Packaged Facts, and the upward trend shows no signs of slowing.

NEW YORK — Pet lovers want the best for their furry friends. Last year, Americans spent $55 billion on their pets, according to Packaged Facts, and the upward trend shows no signs of slowing.

One of the brightest spots in the pet category is natural and organic pet food. While Packaged Facts estimated that the market segment accounts for about 7% of pet food sales, the market research firm sees a huge upside to the segment.

August 2, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration is looking for comments from consumers, the food industry and others about proposed labeling for gluten-free foods.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration is looking for comments from consumers, the food industry and others about proposed labeling for gluten-free foods.

Originally proposed in 2007, the proposals include a requirement that foods labeled as "gluten-free" can't contain 20 parts per million or more gluten, a protein that occurs in wheat, rye and barley. The proposal was based on technologies used to detect gluten in food, which can't detect it reliably if the level is less than 20 ppm.

July 25, 2011

Consumers eating more meals at home and innovation from manufacturers have led to a spike in sales of frozen convenience foods. A number of frozen segments showed double-digit increases in the 52-week period ended May 15.


Consumers eating more meals at home and innovation from manufacturers have led to a spike in sales of frozen convenience foods. A number of frozen segments showed double-digit increases in the 52-week period ended May 15. Dollar sales of frozen breakfast foods were up nearly 9% across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), according to SymphonyIRI 
Group data.


July 7, 2011

True Natural Cosmetics promoted at the conference its line of 100% bio-based sun protection and self-tanning products made with 100% renewable biological material. Organic plant oils and flower extracts and the star ingredient — cupuacu butter, which is packed with essential fatty acids — power Biobased True sun care products.

True Natural Cosmetics promoted at the conference its line of 100% bio-based sun protection and self-tanning products made with 100% renewable biological material. Organic plant oils and flower extracts and the star ingredient — cupuacu butter, which is packed with essential fatty acids — power Biobased True sun care products. The sun care line includes All Natural Sun Screen SPF 40 ($18), All Natural Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 ($18) and All Natural Self Tan Lotion ($18).

June 21, 2011

Consumers may have tightened their belts in the current economy, but they aren’t skimping when it comes to their pets. The American Pet Products Association’s annual review of spending data revealed that overall spending in the pet category grew more than 6% to more than $48 billion in 2010.

Consumers may have tightened their belts in the current economy, but they aren’t skimping when it comes to their pets. The American Pet Products Association’s annual review of spending data revealed that overall spending in the pet category grew more than 6% to more than $48 billion in 2010.

January 5, 2011

Americans still are spending on their pets. The American Pet Products Association projected that consumers spent $47.7 billion on their furry friends in 2010, an increase of 4.9% over 2009.


Sales of pet beds, leashes and inexpensive toys still were strong sellers. Treat-dispensing toys, such as Premier Pet Products’ Busy Buddy, are must-have items. When priced right, they generate strong impulse purchases.


November 30, 2010

Nordic Naturals has introduced Omega-3 Pet liquid in three convenient sizes.

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Nordic Naturals has introduced Omega-3 Pet liquid in three convenient sizes.

Omega-3 Pet provides pets with a high-quality source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, derived from 100% wild-caught, sustainable anchovies and sardines, according to the company.

The product is specially formulated and reviewed for dogs and cats, distinguishing it from other omega-3 fatty acid pet products on the market, Nordic Naturals stated.

August 1, 2010

Procter & Gamble voluntarily is expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry...

June 9, 2010

Procter & Gamble voluntarily recalled specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North...

June 6, 2010

Pet products, much like children’s products, have proven to be recession resistant. Sales of all...