Consumer spending in the US pet market will reach US$62 billion in 2013, up 4.7 percent from 2012, according to US Pet Market Outlook 2013-2014.
This study, recently released by Packaged Facts, shows that petfood and veterinary services account for the majority of the market, with more than US$21 billion each in sales forecast for 2013. Non-medical services, such as grooming, boarding, training and pet sitting, are growing at the fastest annual rate of 6 percent.
Dogs account for two-thirds of sales in the overall pet products and services market, but account for 90 percent of spending in the non-medical services category.
Further research from Packaged Facts shows that consumers are becoming less price sensitive than in past years. Though sales in grocery stores have been relatively flat, pet owners have focused on pet specialty channels and premium pet products. Much of this trend is attributed to a growing demand for natural petfood products.
Additionally, pet ownership by younger adults is at a higher level than recent years. "Half of the adults in their 20s have a dog in the household, up from only a third a decade ago," said David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts.
Other contributing factors to market growth and increased consumer spending are an increasing focus on animal health and the humanization of pets.
US trade data show petfood faring relatively
Commercial petfood makers are creating mixers and diets
that require consumers to get involved with preparation
For more about sustainability in petfood, watch Jan Hoijtink's Petfood Forum 2010 PowerPoint, "Corporate social responsibility: from whim to a matter of strategy."
The mid-year meeting addressed several regulatory matters affecting petfoods
It gives more direct control to CVM in establishing and maintaining ingredient definitions
Committees discussed key proposals such as a possible shift in the oversight of animal feeds
While petfood shoppers continue to show strong brand loyalty, pet products have not been immune to the store brand swing
Read more of Dr. Mukund Parthasarathy's insights on the changing petfood retail market and how it affects petfood manufacturers large and small
Now is the time for packagers, producers, marketers and manufacturers to capitalize on the traveling with pets trend
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