The Pet Industry: Food, Accessories, Health Products & Services

Jan 2010| FOD007J| BCC Publishing

Report Highlights

  • In 2008, Americans spent more than $43.7 billion on pet supplies and services. This figure is projected to approach $46 billion in 2009 and $56.5 billion by 2014, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2% from 2009 through 2014.
  • Pet food is the largest segment of the market, with sales of $19 billion in 2009.  While market share is expected to slip to less than 41% by 2014, the market value of pet food products will increase to $23 billion in 2014, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8%.
  • Nonfood pet supplies make up the fastest-growing segment of the market, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4% over the next 5 years. This segment was valued at $11.3 billion in 2009 and in expected to reach $15.3 billion by 2014.  


The pet industry is a major segment of the U.S. economy. In 2008, American pet owners spent more than $43 billion on their small companions, and in 2009, this figure is expected to surpass $45 billion. Since BCC published its last report on the pet industry in 2006, continued growth in all segments of the pet industry has provided an opportunity for both existing players and new entrants. A growing number of players, as well as consolidation among manufacturers, retailers, and service providers, and globalization of the American economy have transformed the maturing pet industry into a dynamic, highly competitive environment. This BCC Research report analyzes these new developments and their potential impact on the future of the pet industry.
The objective of this research is to provide a comprehensive analysis of all segments of the pet industry in the U.S. and to forecast future trends. The study analyzes developments in all animal segments, including bird, fish, small mammal, and reptile products. Due to the increasing importance of international markets for U.S. manufacturers and retailers, the report includes an analysis of global trends, with an overview of key export markets for U.S. pet products.
The report is intended for executives and consultants in the pet food, pet supplies, veterinary, and other pet services segments of the pet industry. It will also be of interest to financial analysts, venture capitalists, and investors.
This report covers the market for pet food, pet services, and pet supplies in the U.S. and analyzes major foreign markets for U.S. pet products. The report is divided into the following eight sections:
  • Introduction
  • Summary
  • Pets and Their Owners
  • Pet Industry Overview
  • Pet Food Segment
  • Pet Services Segment
  • Pet Supplies Segment
  • International Aspects
In addition, the report contains an appendix listing the major trade and professional organizations that are concerned with the pet care industry in the United States and selected foreign markets.
BCC analyzed historical growth trends in the U.S. pet population and developed a simple pet demographic model to projects future population trends. BCC also analyzed historical trends in the market for pet care products and services in the context of pet population trends and other variables, such as economics, consumer trends, competition, and price pressures. Based on its analysis, BCC projected the future market for each major segment and subsegment of the U.S. pet care industry through 2014. 
The data on which these projections are based are, in some cases, open to different interpretations. Therefore, BCC has made a point of documenting its analytical assumptions and methodologies as explicitly as possible in order to enable readers to evaluate them and test the impact of substituting alternative assumptions.
In preparing this report, BCC obtained and analyzed information from trade and mainstream publications, industry and pet ownership surveys, company directories and databases, annual reports, and government sources. The U.S. Government Census, Consumer Expenditure Surveys from Bureau of Labor Statistics, and U.S. Department of Commerce provided demographic, consumer expenditure trends, and foreign trade data. Personal interviews were conducted with representatives from major companies, U.S. trade associations and publications, industry experts, and government officials. Foreign government offices, trade associations, and trade publications were contacted for information on international markets.
The analyst responsible for preparing this report is Andrew McWilliams, a partner in the Boston-based international technology and marketing consulting firm, 43rd Parallel LLC. Mr. McWilliams was the author of BCC’s 2006 report on the pet industry and has written a number of other BCC consumer-oriented market studies, including IAS031A Home Automation and Security Technologies, Products, and Markets; SMC058A The Digital Home Entertainment Revolution: Technology Enablers; AVM053A Materials and Devices for High-Performance Sports Products; NAN037A Nanotechnology for Consumer Products; AVM050B Smart and Interactive Textiles; and FOD013A Evolving Nutraceutical Business.
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The information developed in this report is intended to be as reliable as possible at the time of publication and of a professional nature. This information does not constitute managerial, legal, or accounting advice; nor should it serve as a corporate policy guide, laboratory manual, or an endorsement of any product, as much of the information is speculative in nature. The author assumes no responsibility for any loss or damage that might result from reliance on the reported information or its use. 

Table of Contents & Pricing

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Title/Chapter NamePagesPrice Member Price
Full Report: The Pet Industry: Food, Accessories, Health Products & Services152 $2,750 Free
Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION4Free
Chapter- 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY2$250Free
Chapter- 3: PETS AND THEIR OWNERS16$289Free
Chapter- 4: PET INDUSTRY OVERVIEW21$380Free
Chapter- 5: PET FOOD41$742Free
Chapter- 6: PET SERVICES24$434Free
Chapter- 7: PET SUPPLIES29$525Free
Published - Nov-2006| Analyst - Andrew McWilliams| Code - FOD007I

Report Highlights

  • In 2005, Americans spent over $35 billion on pet supplies and services. This figure is projected to approach $37 billion in 2006 and surpass $43 billion by 2011, an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 3.4% from through 2011.
  • Pet food is the largest segment of the market, with sales of $14.7 billion (42% of the total market) in 2005. Sales of pet food are projected to increase at a slightly slower rate than the market as a whole, and as a result their market share is expected to slip to less than 41% by 2011.
  • Non-food pet supplies such as litter, toys and over-the-counter medicines) are the fastest-growing segment of the market, with a projected AAGR of 6.1% over the next five years. As a result, non-food pet supplies' share of the market is projected to grow from 25% in 2005 to 27% in 2011.

Published - Jan-2004| Analyst - Julia Dvorko| Code - FOD007H

Report Highlights

  • In 2003, Americans spent nearly $30 billion on their pets. Growing at an average annual rate (AAGR) of 3.9%, the market for pet care will reach almost $36.3 billion by 2008.
  • Pet foods, growing at an AAGR of 3.6% through 2008, will remain the largest segment, representing about 46% of the market.
  • Veterinary services will demonstrate the fastest growth at an AAGR of 4.7% through 2008, and the segment will increase from $7.8 billion in 2003 to $9.8 billion.
  • Expenditures on other pet services, such as grooming, training, breeding and pet sitting, will grow more slowly, at an AAGR of 3.4% to $2.7 billion in 2008.

Published - Jan-2001| Analyst - Julia Dvorko| Code - FOD007G

Report Highlights

  • In 2000, Americans were expected to spend over $27 billion on their pets. Growing at an average annual rate (AAGR) of 4.3%, this market will reach $33.5 billion in 2005. These expenditures included $12.8 billion spent on pet food, about $9 billion spent on pet services and over $5 billion spent on pet supplies
  • Pet foods, growing at an AAGR of 4.2% through the period, will remain the largest segment, representing over 47% of the market. Veterinary services will grow at an AAGR of 4.5% through 2005, from $7 billion in 2000 to nearly $8.8 billion. Expenditures on pet supplies is the fastest growing, at an AAGR of 5%.
  • Exports of U.S. produced pet products will grow at an AAGR of 4.8% to nearly $1 billion in 2005.
  • The pet industry is expected to grow at 4.3% annually to reach $33.5 billion by the year 2005, with pet supplies leading the growth.

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