The names in our annual list of the top 10 petfood manufacturers (Figure 3) may remain the same as in years past, but not all global petfood giants have escaped the effects of the economic meltdown, according to data from Euromonitor. Some companies gained, others lost and others managed to maintain, but all have had to learn to adapt and rebound in this difficult economy.
The following is a breakdown of the highest grossing petfood manufacturers internationally, based on 2009 data provided by Euromonitor International. Please refer to Figures 1-5 for more specific information such as the fastest growing companies and the top companies for dog and cat food launches in the past year.
1. Mars Inc.
2. Nestlé SA
3. Colgate-Palmolive Co.
4. Procter & Gamble Co.
5. Del Monte Foods Co.
6. Agrolimen SA (Affinity Petcare SA)
7. Uni-Charm Corp.
8. Nutriara Alimentos Ltda.
9. Total Alimentos SA
10. Nisshin Seifun Group Inc.
According to the 2009-2010 American Pet Products Association, it is estimated that US$47.7 billion was spent on pets in the US in 2010, with US$18.28 billion being spent on petfood alone. The strong spending comes amid price increases in nearly every petfood category, the result of rising costs of fuel, ingredients and transportation for manufacturers.
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