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While “private label” has been associated with “budget” in consumer minds for some time, retail trends in other human food segments are changing that perception and providing opportunities for store brand pet products.
‘Fresh’ has been popular in human food for quite some time now, so it’s no surprise that the concept is gaining ground in pet food as pet owners seek to match their pets' food experiences to their own.
There are some differences between Canada and the U.S., as well as among the Canadian provinces and regions themselves, when it comes to how they feed their pets and what pet food manufacturers should be aware of.