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Cat Food and Snacks Market Size, By Type (Food [Dry, Wet], Treats & Mixers), By Distribution Channels (Specialized Pet Food Shops, Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Online), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Covid-19 Impact Analysis, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI3186
  • Published Date: Jun 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Cat Food and Snacks Market Size was valued at around USD 33.96 billion in 2020 and is projected to register over 4.2% CAGR from 2021 to 2027. Rapid urbanization, increasing purchasing power, and changing lifestyles are some of the major factors boosting the demand for pet food in emerging economies.

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Cat foods are formulated with the minerals, amino acids, and vitamins a cat needs for good health. Cats have specific requirements for their dietary nutrients as they are required to consume 40 nutrients daily. A label that indicates that a food is complete and balanced signifies that all the nutrients required are in proper quantity in the product. Pet Humanization is one of the major factors driving the global cat food and snacks market demand. Pet owners feed their pets food that reflects their personal preferences. Pet owners are giving specialized food products to their pets, including ones that focus on specific health benefits. This trend is projected to show strong growth, significantly boosting the market during the forecast period.

The growing trend of pet population and awareness of pet health, such as cats, is driving the cat food and snacks industry, particularly in developed countries such as the U.S., Europe, and South Korea. Furthermore, the rising demand for cat treats and mixers which are available in the form of chicken breast, beef jerky, chicken ribs, and sausage, will upsurge the overall industry growth. In addition to this, surging demand for pets in countries such as the U.S. and Europe is expected to boost the overall cat food and snacks industry by 2027.

High impact of regulations in the pet food industry is likely to hamper the industry growth. For example, pet food producers must follow all Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) and implement HACCP controls, with a few exceptions from those that apply to human food, according to the FSMA's Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rule. Furthermore, The FSMA's Sanitary Transport Rule recently made it mandatory for shippers, receivers, and carriers of pet food and pet food ingredients to guarantee that the food is shipped in a sanitary manner, as well as to prevent contamination and deterioration during transport, particularly with pet foods. It is estimated that implementing these rules will cost the industry about USD 130 million annually, which will increase cost to customers in the end.

Rising demand for cat food will complement the industry statistics

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Based on type, the global cat food and snacks market is segmented into food and treat & mixers. In 2020, The food segment held the largest market share of around 89.2% in terms of value. Dry food and wet food are major segment in global cat food market. Various cat foods contain vegetables-based proteins over meat, which are not preferred by carnivorous cats. While cat treats and mixers are natural & grain free, these are used as appetizer or topper in cats with health issues such as overweight, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorder, and allergies.

Wet food segment is expected to register over 4.1% CAGR through 2027. In wet cat food, fish and meat are used as major ingredients and offer a meal suitable for cat's dietary needs. The wet cat food industry is increasing steadily during the forecast period due to the advantages of wet food for cats. Wet food will help pet cat in better overall hydration and promotes lean body mass. Wet food contains high protein, which helps to maintain muscle mass. Cats cannot eat more carbohydrate products, because they cannot produce the enzymes essential to digest high quantity of carbohydrates. It is expected to fuel the wet cat food segment growth.

The increasing adoption of online distribution channels will boost the cat food and snacks market share

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The supermarkets/hypermarkets-based segment accounted for the highest share and generated a revenue of over USD 13.07 billion in 2020. As the supermarkets distribute cat food with a variety of other products, which makes it a widely accepted distribution channel across the globe, providing widespread options for pet owners to compare various brands accompanied with the purchase of regular grocery products. Various supermarket including Walmart, Kroger, Carrefour, and Tesco, with numerous outlets/stores play a crucial role in such distribution channel.

Europe to witness significant growth during the forecast period

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European cat food and snacks market exceeded USD 14.64 billion in 2020. The regional demand is majorly propelled by strong cat food demand for different types of cat breeds. The UK is one of the prominent pet food share contributors in Europe. The increasing pet humanization will boost the European industry size by 2027.

Product expansion is one of the major strategic outlooks of the overall industry

Market players are majorly focusing on expanding their product range to enhance their business capabilities. Furthermore, the abundant supply of raw materials used in pet food manufacturing increase the treat of new entrants. Strategic alliances, new product development, and enhancement of the product landscape are key initiatives in the global cat food and snacks market. Major players are expanding their presence in the emerging economies to cater to the increasing need for cat food and snacks. Some of the key manufacturers include Nestle, Foodsand Harringtons, Mars Inc., WellPet LLC, The J.M. Smucker Company, Schell & Kampeter, Inc., Colgate-Palmolive, Beaphar, PetGuard, Spectrum Brands, General Mills, Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc, and Diamond Pet, among others.

The Cat Food and Snacks Market research report include in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in million kilo tons & revenue in USD billion from 2017 to 2027 for the following segments:

By Type

  • Food
    • Dry
    • Wet
  • Treats & Mixers

By Distribution Channel

  • Specialized Pet Food Shops
  • Supermarkets/Hypermarkets
  • Online
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Sayan Mukherjee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market for cat food & snacks was valued at around USD 33.96 billion in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of more than 4.2% between from 2021 to 2027.
The wet food segment will expand at more than 4.1% CAGR through 2027 due to attributes such as better hydration and high protein.
The supermarkets/hypermarkets segment accounted for a revenue of more than USD 13.07 billion in 2020 and will grow with increasing availability of widespread options for pet owners.
Europe market for cat food & snacks surpassed USD 14.64 billion in 2020 and will expand owing to increased humanization of pets.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 13
  • Tables & Figures: 169
  • Countries covered: 17
  • Pages: 194
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