Private-label petfood brand sales have risen 6.5 percent compared with 2.8 percent in the overall category. The growth is partially driven by a hike in featured-space deals for private labels. In 2013, through August 31, the "big four" petfood companies ran 132 such deals compared to seven the previous year.
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.