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Making Private Label Superpremium petfoods competitive in a crowded market. Serge Boutet , agronomist. Mondou Ltd. Manager Petfoods and Nutrition. People and pets. People tend to be surrounded more and more by pets Dogs and cats primarily Small rodents, exotic birds,

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making private label superpremium petfoods competitive in a crowded market

Making Private Label Superpremiumpetfoods competitive in a crowded market

Serge Boutet, agronomist

Mondou Ltd

Manager Petfoods and Nutrition

people and pets
People and pets
  • People tend to be surrounded

more and more by pets

    • Dogs and cats primarily
    • Small rodents, exotic birds,

reptiles and fishes

people and pets1
People and pets
  • Within the past 5 years,

especially for dogs and cats

    • No more : « pet owning »
    • Now : « Pet Parenting»
people and pets2
People and pets
  • Pets are family members
    • Taking care of family
    • Providing the best we can
  • Deep and profound HUMANIZATION change
    • Increased petfood sales
people and pets3
People and pets
  • As we know :
    • World petfood market

> $50 billion

    • USA petfood market

> $17 billion (about 1/3 of world market)

    • Canada petfood market

10 % of USA market (approximately)

people and pets4
People and pets
  • This great interest in pets has influenced:
    • # of pet foods / brands on the market
people and pets5
People and pets
  • # of pet foods sales locations (# stores and outlets)
    • Grocery stores / Mass merchandisers / Pharmacies
    • Independent Pet stores / Pet food stores / Feed stores
    • Veterinary clinics / hospitals
    • Specialized pet / pet food retail chains
      • grew as pets and pet foods became more and more popular
private labels and controlled brands
Private labels and Controlled brands
  • This trend brought retail chains to create their own pet food lines :
  • WHY ???
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Private labels and Controlled brands

2 main reasons

  • Bring customers back to stores
    • because National brands can be found at many different outlets (no exclusivity)
  • National brands would improve service to retail chain customers (more support / more $$)
    • because they became also competitors within their stores (with their own brands)
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Private labels and Controlled brands
  • Early age of Private labels / Controlled brands
    • Low end, relative to premium pet foods
    • Seen by National brands as harmless / inoffensive
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Private labels and Controlled brands
  • In the new millennium, pet food sales :
    • in the value added products segment
      • Premiumnization (improved National brands formulas in grocery stores / mass merchandisers / others)
    • in the super premiumsegment
private labels and controlled brands4
Private labels and Controlled brands
  • New era and new opportunity
    • Super premium pet food market dramatically increased:
      • by good nutrition awareness
      • by increased consumers demand
private labels and controlled brands5
Private labels and Controlled brands
  • Which retail chains could sell into the private label / controlled brand super premium arena?

Large retailers such as:

      • (USA and Canada)
      • (USA)
      • (USA and Canada)
      • (Canada and USA)
      • (Canada – province of Quebec)
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Private labels and Controlled brands
  • Pet Valuand Mondou, two large Canadian retailers have paved the way in this super premium segment with product lines such as :
    • Performatrin Ultra (Pet Valu)
    • vetdiet (Mondou)
    • vetdiet-i(Mondou)
super premium petfood segment
Super premium petfood segment
  • How can these retail chain stores get there?
    • Have nutritionist / nutrition expert on staff or an excellent open minded consultant on board
    • Partnership
    • Conduct own research and development
    • Ownership of formulation
    • Have own kennel or direct access to partner kennel
    • Provide Education / Training
super premium petfood segment1
Super premium petfood segment
  • Let’s dig a little further

into the previously

mentioned ideas…

who is doing pet food r d
Who is doing pet food R & D ?
  • Supply companies/ingredients manufacturers
    • Vitamins and minerals premixes
    • Flavors
    • Functional or specialized ingredients

(MOS, FOS, hyperimmunized eggs, etc.)

  • Pet Food manufacturers
    • Develop recipes (not ingredients) by using the same ingredients available to everyone
  • Universities
  • Large retail chain stores
how is r d done in pet foods
How is R & D done in pet foods?

5 MAIN WAYS TO PROCEED:

  • Companies with their own research facility
    • Teams of Nutritionists (for recipe development)
    • Veterinarians and AHT for animal health
    • Use ingredients from suppliers available to everyone
    • High costs, mostly corporations in the top 5 global petfood players
how is r d done in pet foods1
How is R & D done in pet foods?

5 MAIN WAYS TO PROCEED:

  • Collaboration with Universities
  • Collaboration with specialized research kennels
  • Collaboration with ingredients suppliers / manufacturers
  • A mix of two or more of the above…
a story of success and accomplishment
A story of success and accomplishment

SUPER PREMIUM Private labels and Controlled brands by large retailers

1st) an idea of concept comes with a dream …

2nd) an idea comes with one unique ingredient … then a second one … then many more …

3rd) an idea comes with … science … and … artpet food formulation is science based but also linked to the art of how to combine all novel ideas and ingredients together…

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Determine the right setup:

First step : product development and formulation

  • Select special unique ingredients
  • Do not be afraid to be pioneers
  • Innovate by creating different concept / new ideas
  • Innovate by creating partnerships
    • with specialty ingredients suppliers
    • ask support from partners’ nutritionists and scientists
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Innovation comes with courage

Without it…no employee can create…

neither can corporations innovate…

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First step : product development and formulation

  • Select specialty ingredients suppliers such as :
    • (Highland, Illinois, USA)
    • (St. Charles, Missouri, USA)
    • (Golden, Colorado, USA)
    • (Lexington, Kentucky, USA)
    • (Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA)
    • (St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada)
    • and many more … …
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First step : product development and formulation

  • INNOVATE by bringing together science and specialty ingredients
  • Create unique formulas with added values
        • Super premium pet foods are foods with added values
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When formulas have been developed and meet requirements

Second step : select the right manufacturing partner

  • ability to manufacture super premium foods
  • have access to specialty ingredients
  • dedication to quality – very high quality standards
    • HACCP, AIB, etc.
    • ability to export to Europe, Australia, etc. … a plus for sure
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Protect your formulas

(note that manufacturing partners often have also their own brand)

  • By developing sub-formulas (that I call pacs)
    • of unique specialty ingredients from different suppliers
    • Manufacturer is buying the pacs, not each ingredient (so, does not know the inclusion rates and levels)
    • brings nutritional complexity to formulation but simplicity for manufacturing
  • Then only your company knows it all !!!
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Selecting the right manufacturer

In Canada, USA, South America, Europe or Asia

many manufacturers are of high quality standards

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Third step : Feeding trials

  • Base trials on AAFCO feeding protocols
    • Palatability is to be assured as step one
    • Foods given are very secure for the animals
    • Add a control diet as comparison
    • Add other trials to it if needed
      • joint health...
      • urinary pH...
      • etc. ...
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Feeding trials

  • Kennel trials
    • Provides precise and direct values
    • Provides overall group information
    • This type of trial have some limits
      • Limited direct contact with animals
      • Limited evaluation on skin and coat
      • Limited time to acknowledge behavior / temper change
      • Limited time for regular daily activity of animals
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Feeding trials

  • Select kennel where you have direct access to animals
  • Reliable kennel with dogs and cats
    • Dogs in individual runs
    • Cats should be housed in groups of 8 to 10 (better results)
  • Have your own technical staff
    • Veterinarian
    • Animal health technicians
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Feeding trials

  • Home trials
    • Gives important subjective data
    • Second step feeding trials
    • Key to get additional information that is limited in kennel trials
    • Day to day, minute to minute contact with animals from people at home
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Feeding trials

  • Home trials
    • Best of all : work with own stores staff (and their animals)
    • Key success factors with own staff animals
      • Staff will connect strongly to product by being part of the development
      • Staff will provide key details on claims / results that kennel trials cannot provide
      • Staff will be ready to sell and believe in the effectiveness of product line when it will be on shelves
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Marketing

Innovation in marketing by working closely with partners

  • Bring them with you if and where possible
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Marketing

  • Who knows best what consumers want than the retailers themselves ?
  • Pricewise, products can be extremely competitive
    • minimum overheads compare to National and International brands corporations
  • Provide Education to staff (stores personnel) in nutrition and on products
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Conclusion

  • Private labels and Controlled brands of pet foods can be directed towards high end products / Super Premium foods
  • Large retailers with the right staff or close consultants + courage + innovative ideas combined with strong partnership ...
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is the key to the success of ...

Making Private Labels and Controlled Brands SUPERPREMIUM petfoods competitive in a crowded market

serge boutet agronomist
Serge Boutet, agronomist

10 400 Renaude-Lapointe

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

H1J 2V7

514-322-5300 ext.: 246

514-324-5257

sboutet@mondou.com

Mondou Ltd

Manager Petfoods and Nutrition

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