European pet food sales reached EUR29.1 billion in 2022
In 2022, the European pet food market grew to EUR29.1 billion (US$31.1 billion) with an average 5.1% annual growth rate during the past three years, according to a European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF) report. To reach those sales figures, European pet owners purchased 10.5 million tonnes (11.6 million US tons) of pet food products, growing at 3.5% annually. Europe was home to 150 pet food companies last year. Those businesses operated an estimated 200 facilities which employed 118,000 people.
European pet population in 2022
Pet food sales have been fueled by a rising pet population in Europe. For 2022, FEDIAF recorded 91 million European households owning at least one pet. That means approximately 46% of European households contain a pet. Cats were the most popular pets with a population of 127 million in 26% of households. Dogs followed cats closely as the second most popular pet. Dogs lived in approximately 25% of European households with a population of 104 million.
- 127 million cats
- 104 million dogs
- 53 million birds
- 29 million small mammals
- 22 million aquaria
- 11 million reptiles
10 top European pet food companies in 2022
Unlike other regions where particular nations served as headquarters for a preponderance of pet food companies, such as Brazil in Latin America, the European pet food industry spreads from the North Sea to the Atlantic, around the Mediterranean and inland. These 10 Europe-based pet food makers appeared in Petfood Industry’s Top Pet Food Companies database with annual revenues for 2022.
United Petfood specializes in private labeling dry pet food, wet pet food, treats and snacks. The Belgian family business operates 19 pet food manufacturing facilities in 8 countries and sells in more than 80 countries worldwide.
Partner in Pet Food
From its base in Hungary, Partner in Pet Food is a European pet food producer, supplying retailers, discounters, specialty pet retailers and online specialists in 38 countries. The company makes a full value range of dry, wet and semi-moist cat and dog food, alucups, pouches and snacks from nine production facilities spanning four countries: the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, with an additional sales office in Poland. It produces nearly 500,000 tons of pet food yearly.
Agrolimen SA is a Barcelona, Spain-based firm whose subsidiary Affinity Petcare is a leading European supplier of foods for dogs and cats. Agrolimen SA also operates a joint venture with British-based raw food manufacturer Natures Menu, through Affinity Petcare, and owns US-based raw food producer Nature’s Variety.
Deuerer is a private-label manufacturer in Germany that also owns several major European pet food manufacturers, including Vitakraft, Pets Choice and Villeneuve Pet Food. The company is among Europe’s largest pet food interests, with sales extending to Asia and North America.
Heristo AG owns the Saturn Petcare Group, which includes private-label giant Saturn Petcare and Animonda Petfood, with manufacturing plants in Bremen and Blaufelden, Germany, Hattern, Netherlands, and Terre Haute, Indiana and more than 1,000 products. This company does not publicly disclose financial data, so annual revenue was estimated or based on survey responses.
Affinity Petcare SA
Affinity Petcare, subsidiary of Agrolimen SA, is a leading company in dog and cat nutrition in Spain and also has relevant positions in other European countries. In addition to its Barcelona, Spain, headquarters, Affinity has offices in Paris, Milan, Snetterton, UK, and São Paulo. The company supplies product to more than 20 countries.
Monge & C. S.p.A.
Monge is the largest Italian pet food producing company for dry and wet food for cats and dogs. The company operates a 188,000-square-meter production and logistics complex with a fleet of 45 trucks to deliver products all over Italy. The company serves the pet food markets of more than 100 countries and regions worldwide.
C & D Foods
C & D Foods is among the leading European manufacturers of private-label pet food, producing upward of 675,000 metric tons per year in a range of formats: pouch, alutray, canned and dry. The company is the pet food division of the Ireland-based ABP Food Group.
Farmina Pet Foods
Farmina is a pet nutrition company with a presence in more than 70 countries throughout the world.
Vafo Group is a privately owned company that develops, produces and distributes premium and super premium pet food and supplements to more than 70 countries worldwide. The Czech company, which also offers private-label services, produces more than 180 thousand tons per year. Recent growth is partly attributable to strategic acquisitions. Subsidiaries include, VAFO Praha s.r.o., Allco Heimtiernahrung GmbH & Co. KG, Prima Pet Premium Oy, Prima Pet, Sverige AB, Pandivere L.T. OÜ, Carry Pet Food sp. z o.o. and Pooch & Mutt Ltd.