Pets at Home stores – including in Chesterfield – limit sales on some food amid ‘strong demand’

Pets at Home is limiting sales on some food items as a result of ‘strong demand’.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 2:36 pm

The national chain has a store at Chesterfield’s Ravenside Retail Park.

A Pets at Home spokesperson told the Derbyshire Times: “Like a number of other retailers of pet products we are experiencing strong demand for some pet food products in pouches and trays, which is why we have introduced a two box limit on some product lines.

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The Pets at Home store at Chesterfield's Ravenside Retail Park. Picture from Google Street View.

“ As the UK’s leading pet care specialist we offer a wide variety of branded and own label pet food and our highly trained nutrition colleagues are always on hand in store to help customers with their choices of pet food options.”

According to the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA), shortages have been caused by a ‘culmination of factors coming to head at the same point, including a rise in the UK pet population and a change in purchasing behaviours driven by the pandemic and exiting the UK’.

Nicole Paley, deputy chief executive of the PFMA, said: “We encourage pet owners to continue to shop sensibly and only to buy what is needed so as not to cause unnecessary peaks in demand.”

Earlier this month it was revealed by the PFMA that a total of 3.2 million households in the UK have acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic.

It means the country now has 17 million pet-owning homes, according to the PFMA.

The PFMA said young adults are the main drivers of this trend, with more than half of new owners aged 16 to 34.

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