Executive Summary

Jun 2019
Demographic and social factors leading to shift in pet population

The Japanese pet care market is undergoing significant transformation as a result of the demographic and social changes occurring in the country. Increasingly hectic consumer lifestyles, underpinned by factors such as an increase in single-person households and rising numbers of women entering paid employment, and the limited space available in the typical Japanese home are contributing to a shift in the pet population.

Adding value through segmentation

With a shrinking consumer base and with demographic and social changes having a constraining effect on key areas of pet care, manufacturers are increasingly focusing on generating value through premium-orientated innovation. In doing so, they are being aided by the pet humanisation trend, which is transferring significant elements of demand in human products to pet care, including the influence of rising health-consciousness and the growing interest in natural products.

Unicharm well-placed

Domestic player, Unicharm, retains the lead in overall pet care in Japan, and is well-placed to benefit from evolving conditions in the market. While it faces strong competition from a number of multinational rivals, Unicharm’s leading position in cat food and its strength in the premium segment provide a sound platform for targeting prevailing demand trends.

Shifting distribution landscape

While home improvement and gardening stores remained the largest distribution channel for pet care in 2019, it continued to lose share as a result of shifting demand patterns. The decline in the population of large/medium-sized dogs is leading to a move away from demand for the large-volume packages of dog food typically sold by home improvement and gardening stores.

Cat food set to drive growth

The ongoing increase in the cat population is set to be a key driver of the expansion of overall pet care over 2019-2024, with cat food categories expected to dominate growth. Continued premiumisation, underpinned by the pet humanisation trend, will also be a significant factor in driving growth.

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Pet Care in Japan

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Demographic and social factors leading to shift in pet population
Adding value through segmentation
Unicharm well-placed
Shifting distribution landscape
Cat food set to drive growth

MARKET INDICATORS

Table 1 Pet Populations 2014-2019

MARKET DATA

Table 2 Sales of Pet Food by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 3 Sales of Pet Care by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 4 Sales of Pet Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 5 Sales of Pet Care by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 6 NBO Company Shares of Pet Food: % Value 2014-2018
Table 7 LBN Brand Shares of Pet Food: % Value 2015-2018
Table 8 NBO Company Shares of Dog and Cat Food: % Value 2014-2018
Table 9 LBN Brand Shares of Dog and Cat Food: % Value 2015-2018
Table 10 Penetration of Private Label in Pet Care by Category: % Value 2014-2019
Table 11 Distribution of Pet Care by Format: % Value 2014-2019
Table 12 Distribution of Pet Care by Format and Category: % Value 2019
Table 13 Distribution of Dog and Cat Food by Format: % Value 2014-2019
Table 14 Distribution of Dog and Cat Food by Format and Category: % Value 2019
Table 15 Forecast Sales of Pet Food by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 16 Forecast Sales of Pet Care by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 17 Forecast Sales of Pet Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 18 Forecast Sales of Pet Care by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

SOURCES

Summary 1 Research Sources

Cat Food in Japan

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Cat treats to maintain strong growth
Manufacturers target premiumisation trend with gourmet products
Demographic developments boosting demand

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Expanding range of cat treats
AIXIA targets feline mental health
Demand for products addressing the effects of ageing

CATEGORY INDICATORS

Table 19 Cat Owning Households: % Analysis 2014-2019
Table 20 Cat Population 2014-2019
Table 21 Consumption of Cat Food by Prepared vs Non-prepared: % Analysis 2014-2019

CATEGORY DATA

Summary 2 Cat Food by Price Band
Table 22 Sales of Cat Food by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 23 Sales of Cat Food by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 24 Sales of Cat Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 25 Sales of Cat Food by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 26 Sales of Dry Cat Food by Life-Cycle: % Value 2014-2018
Table 27 Sales of Wet Cat Food by Life-Cycle: % Value 2014-2018
Table 28 NBO Company Shares of Cat Food: % Value 2014-2018
Table 29 LBN Brand Shares of Cat Food: % Value 2015-2018
Table 30 LBN Brand Shares of Cat Treats: % Value 2015-2018
Table 31 Distribution of Cat Food by Format: % Value 2014-2019
Table 32 Forecast Sales of Cat Food by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 33 Forecast Sales of Cat Food by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 34 Forecast Sales of Cat Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 35 Forecast Sales of Cat Food by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Dog Food in Japan

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Upmarket trend boosts value despite decline in the dog population
Segmentation strategies helping to boost value
A changing distribution profile

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Focus on domestically produced ingredients
Mars targets pet humanisation
Upmarket shift creates difficulties for private label

CATEGORY INDICATORS

Table 36 Dog Owning Households: % Analysis 2014-2019
Table 37 Dog Population 2014-2019
Table 38 Consumption of Dog Food by Prepared vs Non-prepared: % Analysis 2014-2019

CATEGORY DATA

Summary 3 Dog Food by Price Band
Table 39 Sales of Dog Food by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 40 Sales of Dog Food by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 41 Sales of Dog Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 42 Sales of Dog Food by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 43 Sales of Dry Dog Food by Life-Cycle: % Value 2014-2018
Table 44 Sales of Wet Dog Food by Life-Cycle: % Value 2014-2018
Table 45 NBO Company Shares of Dog Food: % Value 2014-2018
Table 46 LBN Brand Shares of Dog Food: % Value 2015-2018
Table 47 LBN Brand Shares of Dog Treats: % Value 2015-2018
Table 48 Distribution of Dog Food by Format: % Value 2014-2019
Table 49 Forecast Sales of Dog Food by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 50 Forecast Sales of Dog Food by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 51 Forecast Sales of Dog Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 52 Forecast Sales of Dog Food by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Other Pet Food in Japan

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Small mammal food a key product area
Compatibility with lifestyle and living space important in choice of fish
Premiumisation offset by pricing competition

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

New premium fish food
Segmenting the small mammal food offer
Wide range of snacks

CATEGORY INDICATORS

Table 53 Other Pet Population 2014-2019

CATEGORY DATA

Table 54 Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 55 Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 56 Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 57 Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 58 LBN Brand Shares of Bird Food: % Value 2015-2018
Table 59 LBN Brand Shares of Fish Food: % Value 2015-2018
Table 60 LBN Brand Shares of Small Mammal/Reptile Food: % Value 2015-2018
Table 61 Distribution of Other Pet Food by Format: % Value 2014-2019
Table 62 Forecast Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 63 Forecast Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 64 Forecast Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 65 Forecast Sales of Other Pet Food by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Pet Products in Japan

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Increase in in-house pets boosts pet products
Demand for higher-value pet products
Increasing interest in pet fashion

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Unicharm targets in-house pets
New product targets demand for natural products
Embracing the IoT
Ageing pet care products a potential area for product development

CATEGORY DATA

Table 66 Sales of Pet Products by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 67 Sales of Pet Products by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 68 Sales of Pet Healthcare by Type: % Value 2014-2019
Table 69 Sales of Other Pet Products by Type: % Value 2014-2019
Table 70 NBO Company Shares of Pet Products: % Value 2014-2018
Table 71 LBN Brand Shares of Pet Products: % Value 2015-2018
Table 72 Distribution of Pet Products by Format: % Value 2014-2019
Table 73 Forecast Sales of Pet Products by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 74 Forecast Sales of Pet Products by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

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