American Industry Overview: Dog and Cat Food

This industry consists of establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing dog and cat food from cereal, meat, and other ingredients. These preparations may be canned, frozen, or dry.

Industry Snapshot

While most manufacturing industries in the United States were struggling during the economic recession of the late 2000s and early 2010s, the pet food sector seemed to be holding its own. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), U.S. sales of pet food increased from $16.8 billion in 2008 to $17.5 billion in 2009. APPA president Bob Vetere commented in a May 2010 article in Flexible Packaging, "People become more attached to their pets in times of uncertainty and stress, so we continue to reward them for their unconditional love and companionship." Indeed, an August 2009 survey by the APPA showed that, despite the recession, 80 percent of surveyed pet owners had not changed their spending patterns when it came to caring for their cat or dog.