SOURCE: Packaged Facts

Packaged Facts

January 19, 2010 13:17 ET

U.S. Non-Food Pet Supplies Market Increases 3% in 2009, Future Growth Hinges on Human-Animal Bond and Premium Consumer Spending

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) - The U.S. market for non-food pet supplies (including grooming products and bedding) overcame economic setbacks that caused consumers to reduce spending in non-essential categories and trade over to lower-priced products, to grow 3% in 2009 to $11 billion, according to leading market research publisher Packaged Facts in the all-new report "Pet Supplies and Pet Care Products in the U.S., 8th Edition: Pet Health and Pampering: The New Value Equation."

Packaged Facts identifies numerous signs that point to continued growth in sales of pet supplies, including the industry's success in playing up the human-animal bond to drive higher-ticket sales; an ongoing surge of premium products responding to strong consumer demand and reminiscent of human fare; the growing role of premium demographics in the market; the growing population of pets with specialized health needs; and continued retail expansion in both traditional and non-traditional retail venues.

"The word 'restraint' will continue to characterize how Americans shop and what they buy, making pet product appeals based on practicality, professionalism, health, safety, convenience and comfort more important than ever in wooing the nation's 61 million pet-owning households and meeting the needs of their nearly 400 million pets," says Don Montuori, publisher of Packaged Facts.

The human-animal bond has been a particularly important insulator against recessionary cutbacks. The majority of American pet owners informally polled by Packaged Facts indicated that they have found themselves valuing the comfort and security their pets offer more than ever during the uncertain economic times of the past few years. As a result, pet owners are willing to invest in products directly beneficial to their pets' health, including everything from natural and organic products to supplements and pet medications to heated pet beds and exercise toys.

Premium demographics are also significant contributors insulating the market because wealthier households are less likely to feel the financial pinch of a downturn as quickly or intensely. In addition, wealthier consumers are more likely to read labels and pay attention to health claims, and to thus appreciate why higher priced products are worth the extra dollars in terms of potential pet health dividends. Packaged Facts cites the growing clout of premium demographics as an indication of the success of pet supply marketers in tapping into pet owners' willingness and desire to pamper their pets and provide them with the healthiest products available.

"Pet Supplies and Pet Care Products in the U.S., 8th Edition" provides detailed market breakouts and insights covering non-food pet supplies of all types and for all companion animal groups (dogs, cats, small animals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians). The report examines trends in flea/tick care products, cat litter, toys, rawhide chews, bedding, grooming products, supplements, clean-up products and more. Using 2009 as the base year, the report charts sales since 2005 and forecasts sales through 2014; breaks the market out by animal type and product category in both the mass-market and pet specialty channels; presents dollar sales and market share for leading marketers and brands; analyzes competitive strategies and shifts; profiles top companies and market innovators; analyzes new product trends; and provides demographic and psychographic profiles of product purchasers. For further information, please visit: http://www.packagedfacts.com/redirect.asp?progid=76494&productid=1873710

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