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www.joc.com THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 43 @rupertport | www.rupertport.com RESPONSIVE. The Port of Prince Rupert has a proven ability to listen and respond to shippers' unique needs. Visit us at RILA in booth 410 to learn more about the advantages of North America's fastest-growing container gateway. JoC half-page ad Jan 22, 2014.indd 1 1/22/2014 8:48:53 PM in the past few years, and pet food has been among them. Premium impor ted pet food now accounts for about 70 percent of total pet food sales, with Guangzhou city alone accounting for 60 percent, according to TDC research. Specialized pet food is becoming more popular, and demand in tier 2 and tier 3 cities also is expanding. Online shopping is taking off across the pet food and accessories sector. Taobao.com has more than 60,000 pet supply stores in China, and with no rentals and lower staff costs, the products are cheaper online than in traditional retail stores. JOC Contact Greg Knowler at gknowler@joc.com and follow him on Twitter: @greg_knowler. PREMIUM IMPORTED PET FOOD NOW ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT 70 PERCENT OF TOTAL PET FOOD SALES.

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