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Target Heats Up Hot Pet Category With New Store Brand

After more than a year in development, the retailer has launched Kindfull, 50+ pet food items for dogs and cats
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Target Heats Up Hot Pet Category With New Store Brand
Kindfull was created in collaboration with pet food and nutrition experts to provide healthy and affordable cat and dog food solutions.

Target’s looking to take a bite out of the growing pet category, introducing Kindfull, a line of more than 50 wet and dry foods, treats and dry toppers for cats and dogs.

The pet category is one that’s seemingly un-phased by inflation, per a recent report from IRI that showed the category climbed in dollar sales by more than 7% versus a year ago and earned nearly $40 million in sales throughout the past year. Pet food specifically ranked fifth among CPG sales in the second quarter report.

Target’s Kindfull store brand joins nearly 50 from the mass merchant, and the clean packaging carries a gentle, natural feel, similar to its Good & Gather staple in food and beverage.

The retailer said the products have been more than a year in the making and more than half of the products are priced under $10. Some Kindfull items include Kindfull Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food, Wild Caught Salmon Recipe Wet Cat Food, and Chicken, Pumpkin & Turmeric Recipe Toppers.

Pet adoption has been on the rise during the pandemic, with more people at home to care for the animals. In fact, Alphia, a supplier of store brand pet products, said by the end of 2020, pet ownership reached nearly 71 million U.S. households and climbing. In its 2020 report, Packaged Facts pegged the U.S. pet food industry as a $30 billion industry, increasing by 5% each year over the next four.

Target said that the majority of its shoppers are pet parents. Internal research said they are looking for a high quality pet food at a good value, the retailer said. 

The Minneapolis-based chain worked with pet food and nutrition experts to present a pet food store brand option with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and no wheat, corn or soy. Ingredients include real poultry, pasture-raised beef and fish that are wild-caught using sustainable practices that help protect ocean resources, Target said.

“Kindfull highlights Target’s continued commitment to providing our guests with an incredible cross-category portfolio of owned brand options to choose from alongside their favorite national brands,” said Jill Sando, EVP and chief merchandising officer, Target. “With Kindfull, our newest owned brand offers guests pet food for their furry family members that showcases our commitment to quality, value and thoughtfully selected ingredients.”

Stepping in line with Target’s sustainability plan Target Forward, more than 40% of Kindfull items are in recyclable packaging.

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is No. 6 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America, with nearly 1,900 locations. 

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