Del Monte recently lowered its sales outlook to 2% - 4%, from 3% - 4%. But despite the economy, the company expects to see the most growth in its pet business, according to Wolford.
"People always feel very special about their pets," said Wolford. "They treat them better than their children; our survey will actually show they are more willing to cut back on their children then they are their pets in a tough time."
While cat trends continue, the pandemic has added to overall slow-growth treatment of the cat food market.
Premiumization and humanization, as well as automation, fueled continued operation growth in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.