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Author Topic: Report Grocery Store EMPTY PET FOOD AISLE!  (Read 18847 times)
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« on: September 27, 2007, 02:43:26 PM »

I've seen the pet food aisles in my grocery stores so completely stocked, yet so utterly devoid of shoppers, even during peak shopping hours!  I've seen this so many times that I thought having a place to report "NO TAKERS IN THE PET FOOD AISLE" was in order.  What are you seeing?

Yesterday - Empty
Today - Empty
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007, 03:09:53 PM »

Well, ours is misleading some as the petfood is with the baby food, but I don't see anyone really buying either.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007, 05:09:14 PM »

At major grocery store chain today.  2 people in their huge pet food aisle.  One person gingerly looking at a box of cat food, reading every side of the box, and then putting it back and moving on.  Myself:  Buying cat litter only. 

The last few months I've only seen 1 or 2 people at the most actually putting food in their carts. 

Shelves always completely stocked, except for the cat litter.  They now have little display cases of food at the beginning and end of aisles which they never displayed before.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2007, 06:03:38 PM »

I go to a BIG major grocery store every Saturday, prime shopping time.  Only once in the past 3 months have I seen anyone in the cat or dog food aisle.  (Last time I was there, 2 sorta-elderly ladies were scrutinizing cat food cans with a magnifying glass.)  Otherwise it's empty of people, and the shelves are full of food.  Used to be you had to elbow your way in, and there was hardly anything left by noon on Saturday.  I used to see people elbowing each other for the last can of FF--no more!
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007, 06:33:02 PM »

Gee, do you think a lot more people are homecooking or what? 
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2007, 06:58:14 PM »

Gee, do you think a lot more people are homecooking or what? 

that and many discovered what was in the grocery store brands and they moved on to different brands.

anyone see a difference in customers at the petco/petsmarts and indie stores?

i know my indie store saw an increase and also a huge increase in customers switching to raw. she used to carry one brand, now has at least 3 and bought another freezer.

forgot to add, she gets weekly deliveries on the raw and if i need some, i'm sure to go in on the delivery day!    Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2007, 05:46:03 AM »

The independent pet supply stores that I go to (two small, one large) have seen a huge increase in customers by my observation, especially the small local one that sells frozen raw food.  I am a long-term customer at this store, and often chat with the owner.  She reports that the grain-free canned foods and raw diets are flying off the shelves.  They have had to increase their delivery schedule with their suppliers to keep up with the demand.

The bigger indie store has over the past couple of months begun to carry far less of the Iams-Nutro-SD-etc. type food, and is now offering types that formerly I saw only in the small "boutique" stores.

I think people are learning more about nutrition.  I also agree that now they have become aware of what is in those grocery store brands, and are making different choices.
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2007, 05:47:34 AM »

The small independent pet food stores are reporting huge swells in their customer bases.  I only can speak for two independent stores, and they are ordering more than double and even quadruple what they did before March.  They are often out of some foods due to demand, telling me customers call constantly checking to see if there is enough food.  Even their distributors are having difficulty keeping up with orders.  Raw, frozen as well as the dehydrated kind, is definitely up in sales, according to the owner.  One store I go to also stocks the natural flea sprays and cleaners, which also have had a huge upswing.  Both stores have a lot of "Made in China" toys, though, which is very difficult to get around at this point in time.

Seeing the empty grocery store pet food aisles and reporting what we see lets us know WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE -- sort of a motivational tool...

I pop into the end of the aisle for kitty litter - unscented - AND WHOOSH!  I'M GONE.
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2007, 08:43:33 AM »

I noticed that a locally owned department store that I go to has started carrying a lot more of the higher end foods as well.  They've added 3 new lines of all natural/human grade/no corn foods and went from just selling a few varieties of Merrick canned foods to all the dry and canned varieties.  Before the just had the typical Nutro/Pro Plan/Science Diet type of foods.  I really like the store and told them how happy I was that they were now carrying *my* brand of dog food. - and for a few dollars less a bag then I was paying any place else local.
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2007, 10:19:35 PM »

lol!~ look what's selling on amazon now!

http://www.amazon.com/Paw-Naturaw-Organic-Turkey-12-Ounce/dp/B000V3TM8W/ref=sr_1_3/105-0003224-6225254?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=grocery&qid=1191046634&sr=1-3

i've seen this brand on the local harvest website   Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2007, 05:16:07 AM »

Checked out my Grocery Store pet food isle & it is well stocked as far as the dry foods.   Some people were purchasing FF & they had a sale on Friskies canned cat food & the mixed grill was sold out.

The main pet stores where I shop are having trouble keeping certain brands in stock too.  They just can't obtain the quantity they need for customers.  They have a call list for when & if the food comes in.   
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« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2007, 05:50:02 AM »

In the past 4 months I've only seen 4 people buy food at the grocery stores.But the feed stores & small pet food stores are always busy & running out of food.Looked in Shoprite yesterday & they have added a freezer for dog & cat foods.
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« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2007, 07:22:28 AM »

I, too, have noticed that the pet food isles are always empty in several 'big box' stores. The proof of the pudding is when you will begin to see a stock market slide for 'el cheapo brands' pet food. When this happens, then we'll really be able see the impact of the unsafe pet food that these 'garbage dumpers' are producing!

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« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2007, 08:02:10 AM »

One of the small, independent stores in town recently quit selling Science Diet.  They dropped the product line because the owner said she was getting "too many complaints" about the food.

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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2007, 08:23:31 AM »

Looked in Shoprite yesterday & they have added a freezer for dog & cat foods.

wow! i'm impressed!  Smiley
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