In 2012, the Japanese pet industry show Interpets drew more visitors than its first show in 2011, with 46,883 visitors in 2012 compared to 39,481 in 2011.
Among those who attended Interpets, which took place August 23-26, were 9,836 pet industry professionals.
The 2012 show also had 257 exhibitors, including 48 from abroad, exhibiting new products. This is higher than the 217 exhibitors the show drew in 2011, shortly after an earthquake in Fukushima.
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.