Germany Pet Food Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Report Covers Top Pet Food Manufacturers in Germany. The market is Segmented by Product Type (Dry Food, Wet Food, Treats/Snacks, Other Product Types), Animal Type (Dogs, Cats, Birds, and Other Animal Types), and Distribution Channel (Specialized Pet Shops, Online Channels, Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, and Other Distribution Channels). The report offers the market size and forecast in terms of value (USD thousand) for all the above segments.

Germany Pet Food Market Size

Germany Pet Food Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
Forecast Data Period 2023 - 2028
Historical Data Period 2018 - 2021
CAGR 4.60 %
Market Concentration High

Major Players

Germany Pet Food Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Germany Pet Food Market Analysis

The German pet food market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.6% over the forecast period.

The increasing popularity of cat ownership in the country enhances the practice of purchasing food items from supermarkets/hypermarkets, online channels, and many other distribution channels, particularly in Germany.

According to USDA, in 2021, Germany was the largest economy in the European Union, with 47.0% of German households owning a pet and 15.0% owning more than one pet. According to the Industrial Association of Pet Care Producers, Germany is a leading market for pet food products, with 83.0 million of the world’s wealthiest consumers and 39.4 million pets. According to the Industrieverband Heimtierbedarf (IVH), sales accounted for USD 3.9 million in 2020, especially in the dog and cat food category.

The popularity of the internet is strengthening the pet food industry. According to estimates by Industrieverband Heimtierbedarf (IVH) e. the online sales volume in 2021 was approximately EUR 1,055 million (USD 1,194.7 million).

Government agencies, pet food manufacturers, and veterinarians play crucial roles in ensuring the safety of pet food and safeguarding pets and their owners. Recent legislation expects to increase the government’s role in regulating cat food and may affect many manufacturers.

Germany Pet Food Industry Segmentation

Pet food is a specialty for domesticated animals formulated according to their nutritional needs. The food generally consists of meat and its byproducts, cereals, grain, vitamins, and minerals. The market is segmented by product type (dry food, wet food, treats/snacks, other product types), animal type (dogs, cats, birds, and other animal types), and distribution channel (specialized pet shops, online channels, supermarkets/hypermarkets, and other distribution channels). The report offers the market size and forecast in terms of value (USD thousand) for all the above segments.

By Product Type
Dry Food
Wet Food
Other Product Types
By Animal Type
Other Animal Types
By Distribution Channel
Specialized Pet Shops
Online Channels
Other Distribution Channels

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Germany Pet Food Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Germany Pet Food Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Trend of Pet Humanization

Pet humanization is globally accepted in the pet industry because more dog and cat owners want to provide their pets with human-like products or experiences. They are often considered beloved companions that enhance their owners' well-being and quality of life. Animals are increasingly being recognized as family members, especially by older and single people. Pet owners are increasingly becoming concerned about their pets' health and weight. Thus, manufacturers target a growing percentage of consumers seeking high-quality pet food.

According to the Industrieverband Heimtierbedarf (IVH), in 2021, Germany stated 34.7 million pets (excluding fish and reptiles) domestically lived in the country, with which cats accounted for 26% of domestic pets followed by dogs at 21%, small animals with 5%, and pet birds by 3%.

Key aspects of the 'humanization' of pet food include providing specific nutrition, functional nutrition, a variety of 'gastronomic experiences,' and addressing safety and health concerns. There is an increasing demand for functional or natural pet food. As a result, with the focus on special diets and specific ingredients, the average unit price has been rising, especially in the premium and super-premium segments.

Germany Pet Food Market: Number of Household Pets, in Million, 2020-2021

Cat Food Market is Dominating the German Pet Food Industry

According to an Industrieverband Heimtierbedarf (IVH) report, in 2021, the pet cat population accounted for 16.7 million, whereas the pet dog population accounted for 10.3 million. The German cat food market’s turnover increased by 5.3% in 2020, accounting for a sales value of USD 1.90 billion. Mars, Fressnapf, and Nestlé are the major players in Germany’s cat food market, accounting for more than 60.0% of total cat food sales.

According to Industrieverband Heimtierbedarf (IVH), in terms of the wet food segment, cat food saw 2.2 times higher revenue than dog food, which accounted for USD 1,170 million in 2021. In the case of the cat food sales revenue in 2021, wet food accounted for 65.5%, dry food accounted for 18.2%, and treats and snacks accounted for 16.3% of the revenue. In contrast, in the dog food sales revenue in 2021, wet food accounted for 31.3%, dry food accounted for 28.6%, and treats and snacks accounted for 40.1% of the revenue. It is anticipated that the cat food market will perform better than dog food because the German population is aging, and cats are more accessible to take care of than dogs. Increased growth is seen in cat treats due to increased demand for functional and premium products. While wet cat food constitutes the majority of the overall cat food sales, many consumers in Germany are switching to mixed feeding by combining wet and dry food.

Germany Pet Food Market: Pet Food, Revenue in USD Million, Type, 2021

Germany Pet Food Industry Overview

The German pet food market is consolidated with major pet food companies like Deuerer, Heristo AG, Vitakraft-Werke Wührmann & Sohn, Fressnapf, Aldi, Rewe, Mars, and Nestle. Manufacturers are expanding product ranges by targeting specific breeds, sizes, and ages. Sales of therapeutic dog food have also increased. However, it remains a small niche product due to high prices. Premium dog food and treats are expected to be the primary drivers of future growth. Premium cat food will be a significant driver of overall cat food growth. However, sales of wet cat food will likely grow due to the rising popularity of private-label products.

The market studied is anticipated to be more consolidated in the forecast period as there is stiff competition among existing companies trying to introduce new marketing strategies. Prominent players are using mergers and acquisitions and product innovation as major strategic activities for a higher market share in the future.

Germany Pet Food Market Leaders

  1. Mars Inc.

  2. Nestle Purina Petcare Company

  3. Colgate Palmolive ( Hill's Pet Nutrition)

  4. DTC Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer

  5. Deuerer

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Germany Pet Food Market Concentration

Germany Pet Food Market News

  • In July 2022, Mondi invested nearly EUR 65 million in three Consumer Flexibles packaging plants in Europe to increase production capacity and meet customer demand for sustainable pet food packaging solutions. This investment aimed at nearly EUR 65 million in three Consumer Flexibles packaging plants in Europe to increase production capacity and meet customer demand for sustainable pet food packaging solutions.
  • In February 2022, Josera Pet Food, a German-based pet food company, invested USD 70 million in a new factory located at Paproć in Poland’s western region of Wielkopolska.
  • In December 2021, Mars Petcare Europe launched pet food packaging with safe recycled content. Mars Petcare has deployed pet food pouches of SHEBA containing recycled plastic from advanced recycling techniques in European countries such as Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, and many others.

Germany Pet Food Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of Substitute Products

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of New Entrants

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Dry Food

      2. 5.1.2 Wet Food

      3. 5.1.3 Treat/Snacks

      4. 5.1.4 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 By Animal Type

      1. 5.2.1 Dogs

      2. 5.2.2 Cats

      3. 5.2.3 Birds

      4. 5.2.4 Other Animal Types

    3. 5.3 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.3.1 Specialized Pet Shops

      2. 5.3.2 Online Channels

      3. 5.3.3 Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

      4. 5.3.4 Other Distribution Channels


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Mars Inc.

      2. 6.3.2 Nestle SA (Purina Petcare Company)

      3. 6.3.3 Colgate Palmolive ( Hill's Pet Nutrition)

      4. 6.3.4 DTC Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer

      5. 6.3.5 Interquell

      6. 6.3.6 Deuerer

      7. 6.3.7 Heristo AG

      8. 6.3.8 Wellness Pet Company

      9. 6.3.9 Vitakraft Pet Care GmbH & Co.

      10. 6.3.10 Rondo Food

      11. 6.3.11 Saturn Petcare GmbH

      12. 6.3.12 Josera petfood GmbH & Co. KG

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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Germany Pet Food Market Research FAQs

The Germany Pet Food Market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.6% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Mars Inc., Nestle Purina Petcare Company, Colgate Palmolive ( Hill's Pet Nutrition), DTC Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer and Deuerer are the major companies operating in the Germany Pet Food Market.

Germany Pet Food Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 Germany Pet Food market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Germany Pet Food analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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