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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Falling demand for dog food undermines pet care’s performance

Retail volume and current value sales of pet food declined in 2013. This was mainly due to the falling demand for dog food as Japan’s pet dog population continued to shrink. However, the fall in retail volume and current value sales was slower than in 2012, mainly thanks to the growth of cat food sales. Retail volume sales of cat food rose faster in 2013 amid growing urbanisation. Meanwhile, “other” pet food and pet products continued to see sales declines. Japanese consumers were reluctant to keep fish, for example, due to the potential for further earthquakes.

Growing urbanisation stimulates cat and rabbit ownership

Amid growing urbanisation, more Japanese people live in apartments. This limits the space for pets while some apartment buildings have rigid regulations on pets. Therefore, consumers increasingly preferred keeping smaller pets such as cats and rabbits rather than dogs. As they are better suited to living in small apartments and more independent than dogs, cat ownership continued to increase. Likewise, rabbits, which are increasingly perceived as quiet and suitable pets for urban environments, became more popular. The growing cat and rabbit populations drove the growth in sales of cat food and rabbit food in 2013.

Mars and Unicharm drive the greater segmentation trend

Mars Japan Ltd remained the overall leader in pet care in retail value sales terms in 2013, followed by Unicharm Corp. Mars’s leadership is built on a wide portfolio of dog and cat food, including globally renowned brands like Pedigree and Royal Canin. Likewise, Unicharm offers an extensive dog and cat food portfolio that covers all price segments. These two companies were also at the forefront of the trend towards greater segmentation in dog and cat food during the review period. To offset growing competition from cheaper brands and private label ranges, both companies launched new age-, breed- and size-specific dog and cat food products, as well as new flavour variants. In addition, they were active in developing new functional pet food products.

Internet retailing makes strong gains in pet care distribution

Home and garden specialist retailers remained the most important distribution channel for pet care in Japan in 2013, followed by pet shops and supermarkets. During the review period, however, these and other channels experienced retail value share declines due to the rapid advance of internet retailing. Aside from the strong growth in the number of companies selling pet food and products online, internet retailing’s performance was bolstered by increasing consumer appreciation for the convenience and capacity for easy price comparison afforded by the channel.

Consumption to shift from dog food to cat food

The lifestyles of Japanese consumers are expected to keep changing during the forecast period. More Japanese consumers are likely to live in an urban environment and single-person households are predicted to keep increasing. As their lifestyles change, it is anticipated that more consumers will choose to keep cats rather than dogs. Even dog owners are increasingly likely to prefer smaller breeds. As a result, retail volume sales of dog food is estimated to decline while retail volume sales of cat food are set to grow over the forecast period. Value sales at constant 2014 prices are estimated to grow in both dog food and cat food in the short term, due to the VAT increases planned for 2014 and 2015.

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Overview

Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth for the Pet Care industry in Japan with research from Euromonitor's team of in-country analysts.

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The Pet Care in Japan market research report includes:

  • Analysis of key supply-side and demand trends
  • Detailed segmentation of international and local products
  • Historic volumes and values, company and brand market shares
  • Five year forecasts of market trends and market growth
  • Robust and transparent market research methodology, conducted in-country

Our market research reports answer questions such as:

  • What is the market size of Pet Care in Japan?
  • What are the major brands in Japan?
  • How did the downturn affect pet care spending?
  • Which is the best-performing category within pet care?
  • Which is the fastest-growing pet food manufacturer?
  • How have pet specialists fared in recent years?
  • What are growth prospects for pet care in the next 5 years?

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This industry report originates from Passport, our Pet Care market research database.

Table of Contents

Pet Care in Japan - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Falling demand for dog food undermines pet care’s performance

Growing urbanisation stimulates cat and rabbit ownership

Mars and Unicharm drive the greater segmentation trend

Internet retailing makes strong gains in pet care distribution

Consumption to shift from dog food to cat food

KEY TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS

Growing urbanisation changes the shape and landscape of pet food

Health and wellness concerns reach pet food

Ageing pet population trend influences new product launches

MARKET INDICATORS

  • Table 1 Pet Populations 2009-2014

MARKET DATA

  • Table 2 Sales of Pet Food by Category: Volume 2009-2014
  • Table 3 Sales of Pet Care by Category: Value 2009-2014
  • Table 4 Sales of Pet Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2009-2014
  • Table 5 Sales of Pet Care by Category: % Value Growth 2009-2014
  • Table 6 NBO Company Shares of Pet Food: % Value 2009-2013
  • Table 7 LBN Brand Shares of Pet Food: % Value 2010-2013
  • Table 8 NBO Company Shares of Dog and Cat Food: % Value 2009-2013
  • Table 9 LBN Brand Shares of Dog and Cat Food: % Value 2010-2013
  • Table 10 Penetration of Private Label in Pet Care by Category: % Value 2009-2013
  • Table 11 Distribution of Pet Care by Format: % Value 2009-2014
  • Table 12 Distribution of Pet Care by Format and Category: % Value 2014
  • Table 13 Distribution of Dog and Cat Food by Format: % Value 2009-2014
  • Table 14 Distribution of Dog and Cat Food by Format and Category: % Value 2014
  • Table 15 Forecast Sales of Pet Food by Category: Volume 2014-2019
  • Table 16 Forecast Sales of Pet Care by Category: Value 2014-2019
  • Table 17 Forecast Sales of Pet Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
  • Table 18 Forecast Sales of Pet Care by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019

DEFINITIONS

SOURCES

  • Summary 1 Research Sources

Pet Care in Japan - Company Profiles

Aeon Pet Co Ltd in Pet Care (Japan)

STRATEGIC DIRECTION

KEY FACTS

  • Summary 2 Aeon Pet Co Ltd: Key Facts
  • Summary 3 Aeon Pet Co Ltd: Operational Indicators

INTERNET STRATEGY

COMPANY BACKGROUND

PRIVATE LABEL

  • Summary 4 Aeon Pet Co Ltd: Private Label Portfolio

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING

  • Summary 5 Aeon Pet Co Ltd: Competitive Position 2013

Mars Japan Ltd in Pet Care (Japan)

STRATEGIC DIRECTION

KEY FACTS

  • Summary 6 Mars Japan Ltd: Key Facts

COMPANY BACKGROUND

PRODUCTION

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING

  • Summary 7 Mars Japan Ltd: Competitive Position 2013

Nippon Pet Food Ltd in Pet Care (Japan)

STRATEGIC DIRECTION

KEY FACTS

  • Summary 8 Nippon Pet Food Ltd: Key Facts

COMPANY BACKGROUND

PRODUCTION

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING

  • Summary 9 Nippon Pet Food Ltd: Competitive Position 2013

Unicharm Corp in Pet Care (Japan)

STRATEGIC DIRECTION

KEY FACTS

  • Summary 10 Unicharm Corp: Key Facts
  • Summary 11 Unicharm Corp: Operational Indicators

COMPANY BACKGROUND

PRODUCTION

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING

  • Summary 12 Unicharm Corp: Competitive Position 2013

Cat Food in Japan - Category Analysis

HEADLINES

TRENDS

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

PROSPECTS

CATEGORY INDICATORS

  • Table 19 Cat Owning Households: % Analysis 2009-2014
  • Table 20 Cat Population 2009-2014
  • Table 21 Consumption of Cat Food by Prepared vs Non-prepared: % Analysis 2009-2014

CATEGORY DATA

  • Summary 13 Cat Food by Price Band 2014
  • Table 22 Sales of Cat Food by Category: Volume 2009-2014
  • Table 23 Sales of Cat Food by Category: Value 2009-2014
  • Table 24 Sales of Cat Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2009-2014
  • Table 25 Sales of Cat Food by Category: % Value Growth 2009-2014
  • Table 26 Sales of Premium Cat Food by Category: Value 2009-2014
  • Table 27 NBO Company Shares of Cat Food: % Value 2009-2013
  • Table 28 LBN Brand Shares of Cat Food: % Value 2010-2013
  • Table 29 LBN Brand Shares of Cat Treats: % Value 2010-2013
  • Table 30 Forecast Sales of Cat Food by Category: Volume 2014-2019
  • Table 31 Forecast Sales of Cat Food by Category: Value 2014-2019
  • Table 32 Forecast Sales of Cat Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
  • Table 33 Forecast Sales of Cat Food by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019

Dog Food in Japan - Category Analysis

HEADLINES

TRENDS

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

PROSPECTS

CATEGORY INDICATORS

  • Table 34 Dog Owning Households: % Analysis 2009-2014
  • Table 35 Dog Population 2009-2014
  • Table 36 Consumption of Dog Food by Prepared vs Non-prepared: % Analysis 2009-2014

CATEGORY DATA

  • Summary 14 Dog Food by Price Band 2014
  • Table 37 Sales of Dog Food by Category: Volume 2009-2014
  • Table 38 Sales of Dog Food by Category: Value 2009-2014
  • Table 39 Sales of Dog Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2009-2014
  • Table 40 Sales of Dog Food by Category: % Value Growth 2009-2014
  • Table 41 Sales of Premium Dog Food by Category: Value 2009-2014
  • Table 42 NBO Company Shares of Dog Food: % Value 2009-2013
  • Table 43 LBN Brand Shares of Dog Food: % Value 2010-2013
  • Table 44 LBN Brand Shares of Dog Treats: % Value 2010-2013
  • Table 45 Forecast Sales of Dog Food by Category: Volume 2014-2019
  • Table 46 Forecast Sales of Dog Food by Category: Value 2014-2019
  • Table 47 Forecast Sales of Dog Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
  • Table 48 Forecast Sales of Dog Food by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019

Other Pet Food in Japan - Category Analysis

HEADLINES

TRENDS

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

PROSPECTS

CATEGORY INDICATORS

  • Table 49 Other Pet Population 2009-2014

CATEGORY DATA

  • Table 50 Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: Volume 2009-2014
  • Table 51 Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: Value 2009-2014
  • Table 52 Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2009-2014
  • Table 53 Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: % Value Growth 2009-2014
  • Table 54 LBN Brand Shares of Bird Food: % Value 2010-2013
  • Table 55 LBN Brand Shares of Fish Food: % Value 2010-2013
  • Table 56 Forecast Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: Volume 2014-2019
  • Table 57 Forecast Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: Value 2014-2019
  • Table 58 Forecast Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
  • Table 59 Forecast Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019

Pet Products in Japan - Category Analysis

HEADLINES

TRENDS

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

PROSPECTS

CATEGORY DATA

  • Table 60 Sales of Pet Products by Category: Value 2009-2014
  • Table 61 Sales of Pet Products by Category: % Value Growth 2009-2014
  • Table 62 Sales of Pet Healthcare by Type: % Value Breakdown 2009-2014
  • Table 63 Forecast Sales of Pet Products by Category: Value 2014-2019
  • Table 64 Forecast Sales of Pet Products by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019

Segmentation

This market research report includes the following:

  • Pet Care
    • Pet Food
      • Dog and Cat Food
        • Cat Food
          • Cat Treats and Mixers
            • Cat Mixers
            • Cat Treats
          • Dry Cat Food
            • Economy Dry Cat Food
            • Mid-Priced Dry Cat Food
            • Premium Dry Cat Food
              • Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
          • Wet Cat Food
            • Economy Wet Cat Food
            • Mid-Priced Wet Cat Food
            • Premium Wet Cat Food
              • Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
        • Dog Food
          • Dog Treats and Mixers
            • Dog Mixers
            • Dog Treats
          • Dry Dog Food
            • Economy Dry Dog Food
            • Mid-Priced Dry Dog Food
            • Premium Dry Dog Food
              • Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
          • Wet Dog Food
            • Economy Wet Dog Food
            • Mid-Priced Wet Dog Food
            • Premium Wet Dog Food
              • Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
      • Dog and Cat Food by Price Platform and Type
        • Dog and Cat Food by Price Platform (Excl Treats and Mixers)
          • Economy Dog and Cat Food
            • Economy Dry Cat Food
            • Economy Dry Dog Food
            • Economy Wet Cat Food
            • Economy Wet Dog Food
          • Mid-Priced Dog and Cat Food
            • Mid-Priced Dry Cat Food
            • Mid-Priced Dry Dog Food
            • Mid-Priced Wet Cat Food
            • Mid-Priced Wet Dog Food
          • Premium Dog and Cat Food
            • Premium Dry Cat Food
              • Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
            • Premium Dry Dog Food
              • Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
            • Premium Wet Cat Food
              • Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
            • Premium Wet Dog Food
              • Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
          • Therapeutic Dog and Cat Food
            • Therapeutic Cat Food
              • Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
              • Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
            • Therapeutic Dog Food
              • Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
              • Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
          • Non-Therapeutic Dog and Cat Food
            • Non-Therapeutic Cat Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
            • Non-Therapeutic Dog Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
        • Dog and Cat Food by Price Platform (incl Treats and Mixers)
          • Cat Food by Price Platform
            • Cat Treats and Mixers
              • Cat Mixers
              • Cat Treats
            • Economy Cat Food
              • Economy Dry Cat Food
              • Economy Wet Cat Food
            • Mid-Priced Cat Food
              • Mid-Priced Dry Cat Food
              • Mid-Priced Wet Cat Food
            • Premium Cat Food
              • Premium Dry Cat Food
                • Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
              • Premium Wet Cat Food
                • Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
              • Therapeutic Cat Food
                • Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
                • Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Cat Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
          • Dog Food by Price Platform
            • Dog Treats and Mixers
              • Dog Mixers
              • Dog Treats
            • Economy Dog Food
              • Economy Dry Dog Food
              • Economy Wet Dog Food
            • Mid-Priced Dog Food
              • Mid-Priced Dry Dog Food
              • Mid-Priced Wet Dog Food
            • Premium Dog Food
              • Premium Dry Dog Food
                • Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
              • Premium Wet Dog Food
                • Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
              • Therapeutic Dog Food
                • Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
                • Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
              • Non-Therapeutic Dog Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
        • Dog and Cat Food by Type (Excl Treats and Mixers)
          • Dry Dog and Cat Food
            • Dry Cat Food
              • Economy Dry Cat Food
              • Mid-Priced Dry Cat Food
              • Premium Dry Cat Food
                • Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Dry Cat Food
            • Dry Dog Food
              • Economy Dry Dog Food
              • Mid-Priced Dry Dog Food
              • Premium Dry Dog Food
                • Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Dry Dog Food
          • Wet Dog and Cat Food
            • Wet Cat Food
              • Economy Wet Cat Food
              • Mid-Priced Wet Cat Food
              • Premium Wet Cat Food
                • Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Wet Cat Food
            • Wet Dog Food
              • Economy Wet Dog Food
              • Mid-Priced Wet Dog Food
              • Premium Wet Dog Food
                • Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
                • Non-Therapeutic Wet Dog Food
      • Other Pet Food
        • Bird Food
        • Fish Food
        • Small Mammal/Reptile Food
    • Pet Products
      • Cat Litter
      • Pet Healthcare
      • Pet Dietary Supplements
      • Other Pet Products

Statistics Included

For each category and subcategory you will receive the following data in Excel format:

From Passport

  • Market Sizes
  • Company Shares
  • Brand Shares
  • Distribution
  • Pricing
  • Analysis by Type
  • Number of Vets
  • Pet Ownership
  • Pet Population
  • Prepared Gap
  • Product by Life-Cycle
  • Products by Ingredient
  • Veterinary Clinics for Pets
  • Other Pet Products by Type

Market size details:

  • Retail volume
  • Retail volume % growth
  • Retail volume per capita
  • Retail value retail selling price % growth
  • Retail value retail selling price local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY
  • Retail value retail selling price per capita local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY
  • Retail value manufacturer selling price % growth
  • Retail value manufacturer selling price local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY
  • Retail value manufacturer selling price per capita local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY

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