Pet food production
Of all species sectors measured by Alltech, pet food had the most significant growth. Global pet food production totaled 35.27 million tonnes (MT), a 7.25% increase from 32.88 MT in 2021.
Europe remains the top producer of pet food at 11.78 MT, a 1.65% increase from 2021, though the region faced the biggest decrease in global animal feed production. Within the region, France experienced a 75% increase in production, the highest in Europe. The United Kingdom remains the second-largest producer of pet food, though its production did not increase from 2021. Russia detailed a 9% increase to 1.35 MT.
North America follows close behind at 11.20 MT, a 5.66% increase from 2021. The United States continues to lead the pack in the region. The country faced a 6.12% increase in pet food production, amassing 10.40 MT, overcoming high material prices, supply chain disruptions and low producer returns. According to Alltech, the freeze-dried and dehydrated pet food space within the United States witnessed a 35% production increase. Mexico produced 1.40 MT and Canada produced 0.80 MT of pet food for the year.
Latin America, Oceania and the Middle East regions experienced the highest growth in pet food production from 2021, though these regions still remain far behind Europe and North America. Latin America’s production increased 19.22% to 8.86 MT. Production in the Middle East increased 17.25% to 0.11 MT, and production in Oceania increased 11.06% to 0.50 MT.
The Asia-Pacific region witnessed a 9.33% increase in production, amassing 2.48 MT, with the Philippines increasing its production by 34%. Alltech attributes this increase to a growth in pet ownership and a need for locally produced pet food caused by COVID-19 lockdowns.
Unlike every other region, Africa experienced the only decrease, dropping a drastic 24.57% to 0.34 MT. According to Alltech, Kenya was the only area in Africa to experience an increase in production.
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