Feedstuffs is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

FEEDSTUFFS IN FOCUS: U.S. pet food industry feeds pets, economy

Feedstuffs in Focus.png
Subscribe to Feedstuffs in Focus on your favorite podcast channel.
U.S. pet food industry is a $30 billion business, using more than $6.9 billion of animal- and plant-based ingredients.

CLICK TO LISTEN

The country’s 500+ pet food manufacturers not only provide balanced, safe meals for America’s dogs and cats, but also stimulate the overall agricultural economy through the purchase of ingredients, labor and services from related industries. With over two-thirds of U.S. households owning a pet and over $30 billion in pet food sales, the Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER), North American Renderers Assn. (NARA) and Pet Food Institute (PFI) came together to better understand what goes into the production of pet food.

The groups have conducted first-of-its-kind research into the purchasing power of the $30 billion pet food industry and its economic implications for U.S. agriculture and rural communities.

In the general sense, the research found that U.S. pet food manufacturers give back to the agricultural economy by using 8.65 million tons of animal- and plant-based ingredients for dog and cat food to provide the complete nutrition that pets need, at a value of $6.9 billion.

In this episode, Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead talks with Rob Cooper, executive director of IFEEDER, to learn more.

A full version of the report, “U.S. Pet Food Manufacturers Feed Pets, Economy”, as well as an interactive map detailing economic projections at a state level, are available online at www.ifeeder.org.

CLICK TO LISTEN

For more information on this and other stories, visit Feedstuffs online.
Follow Feedstuffs on Twitter @Feedstuffs, or join the conversation via Facebook.

Apple Podcast Icon  Google Podcast icon

Hide comments
account-default-image

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish