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Premium pet foods' mass
market retail success stories
Buying premium pet foods no longer requires owners to patronize
a pet specialty shop.
TIM WALL

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nce only obtained through a quest
to a pet specialty retailer, premium
dog and cat food brands now line
pet aisle shelves in grocery stores.
Premium and superpremium pet
food sales continue to grow in the U.S. food, drugs
and mass market (FDM) retail channel.
While pet specialty stores still account for 24%
of U.S. pet product sales, FDM retailers now make
up approximately 40% of U.S. pet product sales,
according to Packaged Facts. Twenty percent of those
FDM sales occur in discount stores and supercenters,
including Walmart; 12% of sales are now in grocery
or food stores; and another 8% are in wholesale
club stores.
Premium natural and specialty

pet food and treat brands increased U.S. FDM retail
sales by 23% year-over-year in 2019, compared to 6%
for the category overall, said Amy Kerr, pet sector
client development director for market analysis
firm SPINS.
Blue Buffalo's entry into Target, Kroger, Publix and
Meijer in August 2017 may have made large waves,
but numerous other premium brands have moved
into grocery stores and similar shops too. Meanwhile,
FDM retailers increased their own premium private
label offerings. That mass premiumization of pet food
had upshots for many brands, including American
Nutrition. The company, acquired by CJ Foods in
February, has grown sales of both their own premium
brands and those they produce for others.
"American Nutrition has definitely had more
customers requesting premium formulas in the past
decade," Steve Mills, senior vice presi-

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Contents
US pet food market update: winners and losers
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Heed Foods focuses on dog gut health to differentiate
Premium pet foods’ mass market retail success stories
Latin America pet food update: Growth in Mexico, online
Petfood Forum tackles market forces, sustainability, CBD
The future of US pet food labeling
Apple cider vinegar: Natural ingredient for pet foods?
2020 pet product sales growth hindsight
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - March 2020 - US pet food market update: winners and losers
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Petfood Industry - March 2020 - Speaking of…
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Petfood Industry - March 2020 - News and Calendar
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Petfood Industry - March 2020 - Heed Foods focuses on dog gut health to differentiate
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