The pandemic has raised pet ownership rates, particularly cats and small dogs in Asian cities, alongside improving attitudes towards pet care. However, inflationary pressure on the cost of living will drive cautious spending among consumers, raising the need for a clear value positioning. Pet parents switching from table scraps will also seek nutritional benefits from retail pet food, hence casting a focus on functional ingredients and nutrition.
The world around us has changed rapidly in the past two years. Resilience and adaptability were tested in 2021, forcing consumers to relinquish control and embrace ambiguity. This year, consumers are taking back the reins and paving a path forward based on their passions and values.
Trade tensions and major disruptions in global supply chains have pushed investors to look for alternative business locations. The regional bloc of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is increasingly viewed as a prospective option for new investments thanks to trade liberalisation, rapid digital advancement and cost advantages.