Hi-tech accessories lead category sales
Sales of pet supplies (excluding pet food) reached $11.1 billion last year, an increase of 2% over 2010, according to a new Packaged Facts study. Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Association expects annual spending on pet products to increase, especially in the convenience segment of the pet accessories segment.
Vetere said sales of products that help pets care for themselves — such as programmable feeding and drinking systems, automatic and battery-operated toys, self-cleaning litter boxes and self-warming pet mats — are on the rise.
As consumers pay more attention to ingredients and choose more natural and organic products for themselves, they are also buying more of those products for their pets. A recent study from Simmons Market Research Bureau found that nearly half of all dog- and cat-owning households seek out natural or eco-friendly products for their pets.
Toys that challenge pets, such as interactive and treat-dispensing toys, are a key trend, and grooming products have seen a spike in sales as new products enter the market.
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Brewing tea sales
Sales of ready-to-drink teas may have slowed, but new introductions will continue to fuel the category. A recent Mintel report forecasts a sales increase of 18% from 2012 to 2017 for the segment.
Lemonade-and-tea drinks — sometimes called “Arnold Palmers” — have become more popular with consumers. Arizona Beverage Co.’s Arnold Palmer line had strong growth last year, and Snapple and Sweet Leaf both launched lemonade-and-tea beverages.
Arizona leads the tea category with a 16% market share followed by Pepsi Lipton Tea Parnership, which has a 14% share. Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Snapple brand holds third place. Sales of premium teas outpaced the category with double-digit growth, possibly because they contain less sugar. Mintel expects teas with less sugar and those not containing high fructose corn syrup to perform best in the future.
Coca-Cola is gearing up to build brand share for Fuze since the company will lose distribution rights to Nestea once Nestle Waters North America takes back distribution rights to the brand later this year. Coke recently introduced three Fuze teas: a lemon tea, a honey and ginseng green tea and a half-lemonade-half-tea. The one liter bottles are priced at 99 cents, putting the brand in direct competition with Arizona’s popular 99-cent tall segment.
Hansen Beverage Co. also plans to ramp up its fast-growing Peace Tea with new packaging later this year. The brand has seen sales more than double in early 2012.
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GMCR, DPS unite Snapple with Keurig single-cup brewing systems
WATERBURY, Vt., and PLANO, Texas — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters announced that Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Snapple iced teas soon will be available in K-Cup and Vue packs for GMCR’s Keurig single-cup brewing systems.
GMCR and DPS said Snapple K-Cup pack iced teas will be offered in a variety of at-home and away-from-home channels for Keurig brewer consumers in the United States and Canada in spring 2013. Vue packs will debut later next year.
"We are always looking for innovative new ways to bring our great brands to our consumers, and we think the Keurig brewing system will do exactly that with Snapple," DPS SVP brand marketing Regan Ebert said. "Through our relationship with GMCR, we’re making Snapple teas available in an exciting new format that will introduce us to new occasions and bring new fans to the Snapple trademark."
GMCR president and CEO Lawrence Blanford added, "We’re happy to welcome Snapple to our family of Keurig brewed iced beverages — a leader in the premium ready-to-drink tea category. The world’s most popular beverage brands continue to see value in aligning with our Keurig single-cup brewing systems and, in turn, further our effort to offer unsurpassed choice to meet a broad range of consumer taste preferences for every beverage occasion. With the addition of Snapple to our family of valued partners and brands, we’re thrilled to make available an even wider selection of well-known, quality brew over ice beverages to choose and enjoy at the touch of a button."