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Pets Now Live in 67 Million US Households — And This Key Trend Is Helping Shape the Stats

54 percent of households have a pet.

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About 54 percent of American households have a pet, according to a new report from market research firm Packaged Facts.

Households with pets total 67 million in 2019, according to the company’s new study Pet Population and Ownership Trends in the U.S: Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets, 3rd Edition.

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The two most popular pets, dogs and cats, live in 39 percent and 24 percent of U.S. households, respectively. One in eight households has other pets, including fish, birds, reptiles or small animals such as rabbits, hamsters or gerbils.

A key trend shaping today’s pet owner population is its increasing diversity. Compared to a decade ago, pet owners are now more likely to be a member of a multicultural population segment (28 percent in 2018 vs. 22 percent in 2008).

“Between 2008 and 2018 the increase in the number of Hispanic, African American, Asian and other multicultural pet owners was five times higher than the increase in the number of non-Hispanic white pet owners,” says Packaged Facts Research Director David Sprinkle.

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Packaged Facts reports that:

  • Hispanics have become an especially significant part of the population of pet owners. The number of Latinos owning pets increased 44 percent from 15 million in 2008 to 22 million in 2018, a growth rate vastly greater than that experienced among non-Hispanic white pet owners.
  • Although a much smaller population, the number of Asian pet owners grew at the same rate (45 percent), between 2008 and 2018.
  • During the same period, the number of African American pet owners also increased at a healthy rate (24 percent).
  • The impact of Latinos on dog or cat ownership has been especially pronounced. Over the past decade the number of Hispanic dog owners increased 59 percent. The number of Latino cat owners likewise increased 50 percent.

The report analyzes trends in the size and characteristics of the pet population and provides projections of the size of the population of dogs and cats. It includes an analysis of changes in pet ownership over the past decade and a demographic profile of the population of pet owners as well as highlights of the consumer behavior and attitudes of pet owners. The report contains separate chapters on Hispanic pet owners and Gen Z and Millennial pet owners.

Since launching in 2017, PETS+ has won 16 major international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact PETS+'s editors at editor@petsplusmag.com.

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More than 70 Chinese Exhibitors Cancel Their Booths at Global Pet Expo

Instead of sending U.S.-based representatives, the companies have opted out of the annual show.

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According to a report from John Gibbons, AKA the Pet Business Professor, more than 70 Chinese exhibitors have cancelled their booths at Global Pet Expo due to the travel restrictions relating to coronavirus.

Since we first shared a statement on the issue from Global Pet Expo Officials, the show has updated its website with the following:

“With less than 14 days until Global Pet Expo, we are gearing up for another amazing event! Currently, we have more than 1,000 companies from 28 countries around the world planning to exhibit. Buyer registration is strong and we’re expecting over 7,000 buyers from 80 countries. Two weeks from today, Global Pet Expo opens its doors and we can’t wait to welcome you to our world.

As we eagerly prepare for the Show, we are confident that Global Pet Expo will deliver a successful business experience for all participants. However, we want to take a moment to address how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will impact some of our exhibitors. We have been in contact with exhibitors from China. The vast majority have notified us that they will not be exhibiting and will not have outside representation available to take their place at this year’s Show. Moreover, any foreign nationals that have visited China within the last 14 days are barred from entering the United States. Therefore, these attendees will not be able to participate in this year’s Global Pet Expo.

The health and safety of all Show participants are paramount. The Global Pet Expo management team is working closely with the Orange County Convention Center and surrounding hotels to stay apprised of developing precautionary measures to further reduce potential health risks at the Show. Additionally, we will continue to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, and will provide emerging information accordingly.

Over the next two weeks leading up to the Show, we will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!”

We’ll keep an eye on the situation, and you can also look for updates on the Global Pet Expo website.

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C.J. Foods to Acquire American Nutrition

ANI operates five manufacturing facilities throughout the US.

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BERN, KS — C.J. Foods Inc., a custom manufacturer of specialty dry pet food, announced an agreement to acquire American Nutrition Inc., a supplier of dry, canned and baked pet food and treats.

This transaction creates “the largest independent manufacturer of super premium pet food in the country, producing a total of one billion pounds of pet food annually,” according to a press release. It is expected to close by April.

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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition of ANI will enable CJF to offer a full portfolio of pet food and treats with national and international distribution, according to the release. David McLain, CEO, C.J. Foods, will join the board of directors. Tod Morgan remains chairman of the board and Bill Behnken, current president and CEO, ANI, will serve as board member.

“This acquisition creates the leading manufacturer of super premium pet food with a national footprint, focused on producing and delivering the highest quality products to our customers,” said Morgan.

C.J. Foods “has a rich 35-year history in super premium pet food manufacturing with a wide range of international capabilities serving the leading super premium brand owners and retailers,” acccording to the release.

ANI operates five manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S.

“C.J. Foods and ANI are two world-class manufacturers with complementary capabilities that make the combination a win for our customers,” said Behnken. “It truly enhances our ability to provide higher levels of innovation to meet the ever-evolving opportunities in premium pet nutrition.”

“CJF is thrilled to be moving forward with ANI to strengthen our customer value proposition with a continued singular focus on innovation and food safety, leading the industry with on-trend products,” said McLain.

C.J. Foods is a portfolio company of J. H. Whitney Capital Partners, a Connecticut based private equity firm that has owned C.J. Foods since 2014 and acquired Lortscher’s Animal Nutrition (LANI) in 2018.

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Video: Poodle Wins ‘Best in Show’ at Westminster

Siba took first place from among a field of 21 Best of Breed winners.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – The Standard Poodle “Siba” won Best in Show at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show under Judge Robert Slay at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11.

Siba, a 4-year-old female, officially known as GCHP Stone Run Afternoon Tea, was handled by Chrystal Murray-Clas and is owned by Connie Unger and William Lee of Northampton, Pennsylvania.

On Monday night, Siba won the Non-Sporting Group in a field of 21 Best of Breed winners. Westminster reached its conformation entry limit of 2,500 dogs, with three days of Best of Breed competition Feb. 9-11 held at Pier 94 and Group and Best in Show competition held at Madison Square Garden.

“There is no greater prize in the sport of dogs than winning Best in Show at America’s Dog Show,” said Westminster Kennel Club Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher. “Congratulations to Siba’s handler, owners and breeder for this most prestigious win among a magnificent Best in Show lineup of quality dogs.”

The evening Group finals, including Best in Show, were televised live on FS1. For full Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show results and video visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org. All events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.

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