Japan Pet Food Market SIZE & SHARE ANALYSIS - GROWTH TRENDS & FORECASTS UP TO 2029

The Japan Pet Food Market is segmented by Pet Food Product (Food, Pet Nutraceuticals/Supplements, Pet Treats, Pet Veterinary Diets), by Pets (Cats, Dogs) and by Distribution Channel (Convenience Stores, Online Channel, Specialty Stores, Supermarkets/Hypermarkets). The market volume and value are presented in metric ton and USD respectively. The key data points include the market size of pet food by products, distribution channels, and pets.

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The Japan Pet Food Market size is estimated at USD 5.58 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 6.84 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.16% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

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5.58 Billion

Market Size in 2024 (USD)

6.84 Billion

Market Size in 2029 (USD)

7.12 %

CAGR (2017-2023)

4.16 %

CAGR (2024-2029)

Largest Market by Product

76.46 %

value share, Food, 2022

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Pet owners prefer commercial dry and wet pet foods blended with functional ingredients to ensure optimal nutrition, boosting the share of the food products.

Largest Market by Animal

49.91 %

value share, Dogs, 2022

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The higher population of dogs and the increased demand for dry pet food, dog treats, and veterinary diets in the country have primarily contributed to the segment's growth.

Fastest-growing Market by Product

5.26 %

Projected CAGR, Pet Veterinary Diets, 2023-2029

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The rising awareness about pet health and the prevalence of health issues in pets, particularly pet obesity and dental issues, are increasing the usage of veterinary diets.

Fastest-growing Market by Animal

5.18 %

Projected CAGR, Dogs, 2023-2029

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The increasing pet ownership rates of dogs compared to other pets resulted in strong consumer demand for commercial pet food products in the country, driving the market's growth.

Leading Market Player

9.71 %

market share, Unicharm Corporation, 2022

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The company has invested heavily in product innovations and has partnered with a China-based company to expand its business in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dogs dominate the Japanese pet food market with a 49.9% share due to their higher dietary needs

  • Japan is one of the major pet food markets in Asia-Pacific. It accounted for an 18.0% share of the region's pet food market in 2022, which showed significant growth of 50.1% between 2017 and 2022. This growth was due to the country's changing economy and pet culture, such as increasing pet humanization and higher usage of commercial products, which are the factors driving the demand for pet food.
  • The dog food segment holds the largest share of the country's pet food market, which accounted for USD 2,636.6 million in 2022, and it is anticipated to reach USD 3,589.4 million in 2029. This significant share and growth is associated with many pet owners shifting from home-cooked food to commercial pet food in the country. Dogs consume more food than other pets due to their higher dietary needs. There is a growing trend toward premium dog food products in the country.
  • Cats held the second-largest share in the country's pet food market, which accounted for 40.6% in 2022, and it is anticipated to record a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period. This is due to the increase in the cat population by 3.8% between 2017 and 2022, changing attitudes toward cats among pet owners, and the rise in popularity due to their low maintenance requirements and lower space.
  • Other animals, such as birds, small mammals, rodents, and ornamental fish, have unique nutritional requirements that need to be fulfilled through specialized pet food products. Therefore, in 2022, the segment amounted to a market value of USD 499.9 million.
  • The increasing usage of commercial foods and changing economic and pet culture in the country are anticipated to drive the Japanese pet food market during the forecast period with a CAGR of 4.3%.
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Japan Pet Food Market Trends

Japan's unique culture of cat cafes and cat islands is driving the market for adoption of cats in the country

  • Cats have been a part of Japanese society for centuries and are highly regarded for their beauty, grace, and independence. The pet cat population is highest in Japan, which accounted for about 43.6% of the total pet population in the country in 2022. This larger pet cat population in the country is mainly due to their cultural significance, and it has been considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity for centuries.
  • Additionally, Japan has a unique culture of cat cafes and has more than 11 cat islands, which have helped to popularize cats as pets. Cat cafes allow people to spend time with cats in a relaxed setting, while in cat islands, cats roam freely. Among all cat Islands in Japan, Aoshima Islands is well known for its large population of cats, which is significantly higher than the number of human residents, and the ratio of cats to people on the island ranges from 10:1 to as much as 36:1.
  • However, the pet cat population in the country grew by 2.1% between 2019 to 2022. The primary factor restricting the pet cat population in Japan is the country's aging population, and it has the world’s second-highest proportion of people aged 65 years and above. As people get older, they may find it more difficult to care for pets, leading to a decrease in pet ownership.
  • There are also concerns about the welfare of cats in Japan, particularly regarding the high number of abandoned cats in pet shops and breeding facilities that prioritize profit over the well-being of cats. It is found that a minimum of 10 thousand cats die annually at pet shops and breeding facilities across Japan due to poor sanitation, negligence, and illness. All these factors are anticipated to result in a slow growth rate of the cat population during the forecast period.
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Shift in the purchasing power of pet parents due to higher disposable income and pet humanization are increasing the pet expenditure

  • Japan has been witnessing a trend of increasing pet expenditure because of growing premiumization and an increase in the prices of pet food products. For instance, in 2022, the prices of pet food products increased by 3%-10% as pet parents started purchasing high-priced premium pet food for their pets. Additionally, there has been a shift in the purchasing power of pet parents due to increasing disposable income and new varieties of pet food available in the market. These factors increased pet expenditure in the country by 24.6% between 2017 and 2022.
  • Cats have a lower pet expenditure than dogs because cats consume less amount of pet food as compared to dogs. Therefore, there is less spending by cat owners compared to dog owners. For instance, in 2022, in the country, an average dog owner spent about USD 40 monthly on pet food for a dog, while cat owners have to spend about USD 32 monthly for a cat.
  • Pet parents have been purchasing high-quality pet food for their pets as they treat them as family members. This trend of pet humanization has helped in the growth of premiumization as pet parents are purchasing more super-premium pet food products, with health and wellness concerns becoming their top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to an increase in pet parents purchasing pet food products with ingredients that are sickness-preventive, allergen-free, vitamins/supplements fortified, gluten-free, low in carbohydrates, and high in protein. It helped premium pet food sales to increase by 3.7% between 2018 and 2019. A wide variety of product availability with price fluctuations and growing premiumization in the country are expected to help the growth of pet expenditure in the country during the forecast period.
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OTHER KEY INDUSTRY TRENDS COVERED IN THE REPORT

  • Dogs are the most popular and valued pets in Japan, accounting for 36.3% of the total population in 2022
  • Traditional beliefs in Japan's Shinto religion consider small animals such as birds to be sacred, driving their adoption

Japan Pet Food Industry Overview

The Japan Pet Food Market is fragmented, with the top five companies occupying 30.01%. The major players in this market are Colgate-Palmolive Company (Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.), INABA-PETFOOD Co. Ltd, Mars Incorporated, Nestle (Purina) and Unicharm Corporation (sorted alphabetically).

Japan Pet Food Market Leaders

  1. Colgate-Palmolive Company (Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.)

  2. INABA-PETFOOD Co. Ltd

  3. Mars Incorporated

  4. Nestle (Purina)

  5. Unicharm Corporation

Japan Pet Food Market Concentration

Other important companies include ADM, Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (Wellness Pet Company Inc.), General Mills Inc., Schell & Kampeter Inc. (Diamond Pet Foods), Virbac.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in alphabetical order.

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Japan Pet Food Market News

  • July 2023: Hill's Pet Nutrition introduced its new MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified pollock and insect protein products for pets with sensitive stomachs and skin lines. They contain vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.
  • May 2023: Nestle Purina launched new cat treats under the Friskies "Friskies Playfuls - treats" brand. These treats are round in shape and are available in chicken and liver and salmon and shrimp flavors for adult cats.
  • April 2023: Mars Incorporated opened its first pet food research and development center in Asia-Pacific. This new facility, called the APAC pet center, will support the company's product development.

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We provide a complimentary and exhaustive set of data points on regional and country-level metrics that present the fundamental structure of the industry. Presented in the form of 90+ free charts, the section covers difficult-to-find data from various countries regarding the expenditure on different pet food products including food, treats, veterinary diets, and nutraceuticals/supplements.

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Japan Pet Food Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & KEY FINDINGS

  2. REPORT OFFERS

  3. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1. Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2. Scope of the Study​

    3. 1.3. Research Methodology

  4. 2. KEY INDUSTRY TRENDS

    1. 2.1. Pet Population

      1. 2.1.1. Cats

      2. 2.1.2. Dogs

      3. 2.1.3. Other Pets

    2. 2.2. Pet Expenditure

    3. 2.3. Regulatory Framework

    4. 2.4. Value Chain & Distribution Channel Analysis

  5. 3. MARKET SEGMENTATION (includes market size in Value in USD and Volume, Forecasts up to 2029 and analysis of growth prospects)

    1. 3.1. Pet Food Product

      1. 3.1.1. Food

        1. 3.1.1.1. By Sub Product

          1. 3.1.1.1.1. Dry Pet Food

            1. 3.1.1.1.1.1. By Sub Dry Pet Food

              1. 3.1.1.1.1.1.1. Kibbles

              2. 3.1.1.1.1.1.2. Other Dry Pet Food

          2. 3.1.1.1.2. Wet Pet Food

      2. 3.1.2. Pet Nutraceuticals/Supplements

        1. 3.1.2.1. By Sub Product

          1. 3.1.2.1.1. Milk Bioactives

          2. 3.1.2.1.2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

          3. 3.1.2.1.3. Probiotics

          4. 3.1.2.1.4. Proteins and Peptides

          5. 3.1.2.1.5. Vitamins and Minerals

          6. 3.1.2.1.6. Other Nutraceuticals

      3. 3.1.3. Pet Treats

        1. 3.1.3.1. By Sub Product

          1. 3.1.3.1.1. Crunchy Treats

          2. 3.1.3.1.2. Dental Treats

          3. 3.1.3.1.3. Freeze-dried and Jerky Treats

          4. 3.1.3.1.4. Soft & Chewy Treats

          5. 3.1.3.1.5. Other Treats

      4. 3.1.4. Pet Veterinary Diets

        1. 3.1.4.1. By Sub Product

          1. 3.1.4.1.1. Diabetes

          2. 3.1.4.1.2. Digestive Sensitivity

          3. 3.1.4.1.3. Oral Care Diets

          4. 3.1.4.1.4. Renal

          5. 3.1.4.1.5. Urinary tract disease

          6. 3.1.4.1.6. Other Veterinary Diets

    2. 3.2. Pets

      1. 3.2.1. Cats

      2. 3.2.2. Dogs

      3. 3.2.3. Other Pets

    3. 3.3. Distribution Channel

      1. 3.3.1. Convenience Stores

      2. 3.3.2. Online Channel

      3. 3.3.3. Specialty Stores

      4. 3.3.4. Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

      5. 3.3.5. Other Channels

  6. 4. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 4.1. Key Strategic Moves

    2. 4.2. Market Share Analysis

    3. 4.3. Company Landscape

    4. 4.4. Company Profiles

      1. 4.4.1. ADM

      2. 4.4.2. Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (Wellness Pet Company Inc.)

      3. 4.4.3. Colgate-Palmolive Company (Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.)

      4. 4.4.4. General Mills Inc.

      5. 4.4.5. INABA-PETFOOD Co. Ltd

      6. 4.4.6. Mars Incorporated

      7. 4.4.7. Nestle (Purina)

      8. 4.4.8. Schell & Kampeter Inc. (Diamond Pet Foods)

      9. 4.4.9. Unicharm Corporation

      10. 4.4.10. Virbac

  7. 5. KEY STRATEGIC QUESTIONS FOR PET FOOD CEOS

  8. 6. APPENDIX

    1. 6.1. Global Overview

      1. 6.1.1. Overview

      2. 6.1.2. Porter’s Five Forces Framework

      3. 6.1.3. Global Value Chain Analysis

      4. 6.1.4. Market Dynamics (DROs)

    2. 6.2. Sources & References

    3. 6.3. List of Tables & Figures

    4. 6.4. Primary Insights

    5. 6.5. Data Pack

    6. 6.6. Glossary of Terms

List of Tables & Figures

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  2. PET POPULATION OF CATS, NUMBER, JAPAN, 2017 - 2022
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  2. PET POPULATION OF DOGS, NUMBER, JAPAN, 2017 - 2022
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  2. PET POPULATION OF OTHER PETS, NUMBER, JAPAN, 2017 - 2022
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  2. PET EXPENDITURE PER CAT, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2022
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  2. PET EXPENDITURE PER DOG, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2022
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  2. PET EXPENDITURE PER OTHER PET, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2022
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  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD BY PET FOOD PRODUCT CATEGORIES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD BY PET FOOD PRODUCT CATEGORIES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 11:  
  2. VOLUME SHARE OF PET FOOD BY PET FOOD PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD BY PET FOOD PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 13:  
  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 14:  
  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 15:  
  2. VOLUME SHARE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 16:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 17:  
  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD BY SUB DRY PET FOOD CATEGORIES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD BY SUB DRY PET FOOD CATEGORIES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 19:  
  2. VOLUME SHARE OF PET FOOD BY SUB DRY PET FOOD CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 20:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD BY SUB DRY PET FOOD CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 21:  
  2. VOLUME OF KIBBLES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 22:  
  2. VALUE OF KIBBLES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 23:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF KIBBLES BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF OTHER DRY PET FOOD, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF OTHER DRY PET FOOD, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 26:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF OTHER DRY PET FOOD BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 27:  
  2. VOLUME OF WET PET FOOD, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 28:  
  2. VALUE OF WET PET FOOD, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 29:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF WET PET FOOD BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 30:  
  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 31:  
  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 32:  
  2. VOLUME SHARE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 33:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 34:  
  2. VOLUME OF MILK BIOACTIVES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 35:  
  2. VALUE OF MILK BIOACTIVES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 36:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF MILK BIOACTIVES BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 37:  
  2. VOLUME OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 38:  
  2. VALUE OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 39:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 40:  
  2. VOLUME OF PROBIOTICS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 41:  
  2. VALUE OF PROBIOTICS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PROBIOTICS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 43:  
  2. VOLUME OF PROTEINS AND PEPTIDES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 44:  
  2. VALUE OF PROTEINS AND PEPTIDES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 45:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF PROTEINS AND PEPTIDES BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 46:  
  2. VOLUME OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 47:  
  2. VALUE OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 48:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 49:  
  2. VOLUME OF OTHER NUTRACEUTICALS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 50:  
  2. VALUE OF OTHER NUTRACEUTICALS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 51:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF OTHER NUTRACEUTICALS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 52:  
  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 53:  
  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 54:  
  2. VOLUME SHARE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 55:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 56:  
  2. VOLUME OF CRUNCHY TREATS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 57:  
  2. VALUE OF CRUNCHY TREATS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 58:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF CRUNCHY TREATS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 59:  
  2. VOLUME OF DENTAL TREATS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 60:  
  2. VALUE OF DENTAL TREATS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 61:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF DENTAL TREATS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 62:  
  2. VOLUME OF FREEZE-DRIED AND JERKY TREATS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 63:  
  2. VALUE OF FREEZE-DRIED AND JERKY TREATS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 64:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF FREEZE-DRIED AND JERKY TREATS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 65:  
  2. VOLUME OF SOFT & CHEWY TREATS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 66:  
  2. VALUE OF SOFT & CHEWY TREATS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 67:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF SOFT & CHEWY TREATS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 68:  
  2. VOLUME OF OTHER TREATS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 69:  
  2. VALUE OF OTHER TREATS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 70:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF OTHER TREATS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 71:  
  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 72:  
  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 73:  
  2. VOLUME SHARE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 74:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD BY SUB PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 75:  
  2. VOLUME OF DIABETES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 76:  
  2. VALUE OF DIABETES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 77:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF DIABETES BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 78:  
  2. VOLUME OF DIGESTIVE SENSITIVITY, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 79:  
  2. VALUE OF DIGESTIVE SENSITIVITY, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 80:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF DIGESTIVE SENSITIVITY BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF ORAL CARE DIETS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 82:  
  2. VALUE OF ORAL CARE DIETS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 83:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF ORAL CARE DIETS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 84:  
  2. VOLUME OF RENAL, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 85:  
  2. VALUE OF RENAL, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 86:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF RENAL BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 87:  
  2. VOLUME OF URINARY TRACT DISEASE, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 88:  
  2. VALUE OF URINARY TRACT DISEASE, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 89:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF URINARY TRACT DISEASE BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 90:  
  2. VOLUME OF OTHER VETERINARY DIETS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 91:  
  2. VALUE OF OTHER VETERINARY DIETS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 92:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF OTHER VETERINARY DIETS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
  1. Figure 93:  
  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD BY PET TYPE, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 94:  
  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD BY PET TYPE, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
  1. Figure 95:  
  2. VOLUME SHARE OF PET FOOD BY PET TYPE, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 96:  
  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD BY PET TYPE, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
  1. Figure 97:  
  2. VOLUME OF PET CAT FOOD, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET CAT FOOD, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET CAT FOOD BY PET FOOD CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF PET DOG FOOD, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET DOG FOOD, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET DOG FOOD BY PET FOOD CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF OTHER PETS FOOD, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF OTHER PETS FOOD, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF OTHER PETS FOOD BY PET FOOD CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS, %, JAPAN, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA CONVENIENCE STORES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA CONVENIENCE STORES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA CONVENIENCE STORES BY PET FOOD PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA ONLINE CHANNEL, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA ONLINE CHANNEL, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA ONLINE CHANNEL BY PET FOOD PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA SPECIALTY STORES, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA SPECIALTY STORES, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA SPECIALTY STORES BY PET FOOD PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA SUPERMARKETS/HYPERMARKETS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA SUPERMARKETS/HYPERMARKETS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA SUPERMARKETS/HYPERMARKETS BY PET FOOD PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA OTHER CHANNELS, METRIC TON, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA OTHER CHANNELS, USD, JAPAN, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF PET FOOD SOLD VIA OTHER CHANNELS BY PET FOOD PRODUCT CATEGORIES, %, JAPAN, 2022 AND 2029
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  2. MOST ACTIVE COMPANIES BY NUMBER OF STRATEGIC MOVES, COUNT, JAPAN, 2017 - 2023
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  2. MOST ADOPTED STRATEGIES, COUNT, JAPAN, 2017 - 2023
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF MAJOR PLAYERS, %, JAPAN, 2022

Japan Pet Food Industry Segmentation

Food, Pet Nutraceuticals/Supplements, Pet Treats, Pet Veterinary Diets are covered as segments by Pet Food Product. Cats, Dogs are covered as segments by Pets. Convenience Stores, Online Channel, Specialty Stores, Supermarkets/Hypermarkets are covered as segments by Distribution Channel.

  • Japan is one of the major pet food markets in Asia-Pacific. It accounted for an 18.0% share of the region's pet food market in 2022, which showed significant growth of 50.1% between 2017 and 2022. This growth was due to the country's changing economy and pet culture, such as increasing pet humanization and higher usage of commercial products, which are the factors driving the demand for pet food.
  • The dog food segment holds the largest share of the country's pet food market, which accounted for USD 2,636.6 million in 2022, and it is anticipated to reach USD 3,589.4 million in 2029. This significant share and growth is associated with many pet owners shifting from home-cooked food to commercial pet food in the country. Dogs consume more food than other pets due to their higher dietary needs. There is a growing trend toward premium dog food products in the country.
  • Cats held the second-largest share in the country's pet food market, which accounted for 40.6% in 2022, and it is anticipated to record a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period. This is due to the increase in the cat population by 3.8% between 2017 and 2022, changing attitudes toward cats among pet owners, and the rise in popularity due to their low maintenance requirements and lower space.
  • Other animals, such as birds, small mammals, rodents, and ornamental fish, have unique nutritional requirements that need to be fulfilled through specialized pet food products. Therefore, in 2022, the segment amounted to a market value of USD 499.9 million.
  • The increasing usage of commercial foods and changing economic and pet culture in the country are anticipated to drive the Japanese pet food market during the forecast period with a CAGR of 4.3%.
Pet Food Product
Food
By Sub Product
Dry Pet Food
By Sub Dry Pet Food
Kibbles
Other Dry Pet Food
Wet Pet Food
Pet Nutraceuticals/Supplements
By Sub Product
Milk Bioactives
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Probiotics
Proteins and Peptides
Vitamins and Minerals
Other Nutraceuticals
Pet Treats
By Sub Product
Crunchy Treats
Dental Treats
Freeze-dried and Jerky Treats
Soft & Chewy Treats
Other Treats
Pet Veterinary Diets
By Sub Product
Diabetes
Digestive Sensitivity
Oral Care Diets
Renal
Urinary tract disease
Other Veterinary Diets
Pets
Cats
Dogs
Other Pets
Distribution Channel
Convenience Stores
Online Channel
Specialty Stores
Supermarkets/Hypermarkets
Other Channels
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Market Definition

  • FUNCTIONS - Pet foods are usually intended to provide complete and balanced nutrition to the pet but are primarily used as functional products. The scope includes the food and supplements consumed by pets including veterinary diets. Supplements/nutraceuticals that are directly supplied to pets are considered within the scope.
  • RESELLERS - Companies engaged in reselling of pet food without value addition have been excluded from the market scope, in order to avoid double counting.
  • END CONSUMERS - Pet owners are considered to be the end-consumers in the market studied.
  • DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS - Supermarkets/hypermarkets, specialty stores, convenience stores, online channels and other channels are considered within the scope. The stores which are exclusively providing pet related basic and custom products are considered within the scope of specialty stores.
Keyword Definition
Pet Food The scope of pet food includes the food that is eatable by pets including food, treats, veterinary diets, and nutraceuticals/supplements.
Food Food is animal feed intended for consumption by pets. It is formulated to provide essential nutrients and meet the dietary needs of various types of pets, including dogs, cats, and other animals. These are generally segmented into dry and wet pet foods.
Dry Pet Food Dry pet foods may be extruded/baked (kibbles) or flaked. They have a lower moisture content, typically around 12-20%.
Wet Pet Food Wet pet food, also known as canned pet food or moist pet food, generally has a higher moisture content compared to dry pet food, often ranging from 70-80%.
Kibbles Kibbles are dry, processed pet food in small, bite-sized pieces or pellets. They are specifically formulated to provide balanced nutrition for various domestic animals, such as dogs, cats, and other animals.
Treats Pet Treats are special food items or rewards given to pets, to show affection, and encourage good behavior. They are especially used during training. Pet treats are made from various combinations of meat or meat-derived materials with other ingredients.
Dental Treats Pet dental treats are specialized treats that are formulated to promote good oral hygiene in pets.​
Crunchy Treats It is a type of pet treat that has a firm and crispy texture which can be a good source of nutrition for pets.​
Soft and chewy treats Soft and Chewy pet treats are a type of pet food product that is formulated to be easy to chewy and digest. They are usually made from soft and pliable ingredients, such as meat, poultry, or vegetables, that have been blended and formed into bite-sized pieces or strips.​
Freeze-dried & Jerky Treats Freeze-dried and jerky treats are snacks given to pets, that are prepared through a special preservation process, without damaging the nutritional content, resulting in long-lasting, nutrient-rich treats.
Urinary Tract Disease Diets These are commercial diets that are specifically formulated to promote urinary health and reduce the risk of urinary tract infections and other urinary problems.​
Renal Diets These are specialized pet foods formulated to support the health of pets with kidney disease or renal insufficiency.​
Digestive Sensitivity Diets Digestive-sensitive diets are specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs of pets with digestive issues such as food intolerances, allergies, and sensitivities. These diets are designed to be easily digestible and to reduce the symptoms of digestive problems in pets. ​
Oral Care Diets Oral care diets for pets are specially formulated diets produced to promote oral health and hygiene in pets.​
Grain-Free Pet Food Pet food that does not contain common grains like wheat, corn, or soy. Grain-free diets are often preferred by pet owners seeking alternative options or if their pets have specific dietary sensitivities.
Premium Pet Food High-quality pet food formulated with superior ingredients often offers additional nutritional benefits compared to standard pet food.
Natural Pet Food Pet food made from natural ingredients, with minimal processing and without artificial preservatives.
Organic Pet Food Pet food is produced using organic ingredients, free from synthetic pesticides, hormones, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Extrusion A manufacturing process used to produce dry pet food, where ingredients are cooked, mixed, and shaped under high pressure and temperature.
Other Pets Other pets include birds, fish, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, and reptiles.
Palatability The taste, texture, and aroma of pet food influence its appeal and acceptance by pets.
Complete and Balanced Pet Food Pet food that provides all essential nutrients in appropriate proportions to meet the nutritional needs of pets without additional supplementation.
Preservatives These are the substances that are added to pet food to extend its shelf life and prevent spoilage.
Nutraceuticals Food products that offer health benefits beyond basic nutrition, often contain bioactive compounds with potential therapeutic effects.
Probiotics Live beneficial bacteria that promote a healthy balance of gut flora, supporting digestive health and immune function in pets.
Antioxidants Compounds that help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, promoting cellular health and supporting the immune system in pets.
Shelf-Life The duration of which pet food remains safe and nutritionally viable for consumption after its production date.
Prescription diet Specialized pet food formulated to address specific medical conditions under veterinary supervision.
Allergen A substance that can cause allergic reactions in some pets, leading to food allergies or sensitivities.
Canned food Wet pet food that is packed in cans and contains higher moisture content than dry food.
Limited ingredient diet (LID) Pet food formulated with a reduced number of ingredients to minimize potential allergens.
Guaranteed Analysis The minimum or maximum levels of certain nutrients present in pet food.
Weight management Pet food designed to help pets maintain a healthy weight or support weight loss efforts.
Other Nutraceuticals It includes prebiotics, antioxidants, digestive fiber, enzymes, essential oils and herbs.
Other Veterinary Diets It includes weight management diets, skin and coat health, cardiac care, and joint care.
Other Treats It includes rawhides, mineral blocks, lickables, and catnips.
Other Dry Foods It includes cereal flakes, mixers, meal toppers, freeze-dried foods, and air-dried foods.
Other Animals It includes birds, fish, reptiles, and small animals (rabbits, ferrets, hamsters).
Other Distribution Channels It includes veterinary clinics, local unregulated stores, and feed and farm stores.
Proteins and Peptides Proteins are large molecules composed of basic units called amino acids which help in the growth and development of pets. Peptides are the short string of 2 to 50 amino acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids Omega-3 fatty acids are essential polyunsaturated fats that play a crucial role in the overall health and well-being of Pets
Vitamins Vitamins are the essential organic compounds that are essential for vital physiological functioning.
Minerals Minerals are naturally occurring inorganic substances that are essential for various physiological functions in pets.
CKD Chronic Kidney Disease
DHA Docosahexaenoic Acid
EPA Eicosapentaenoic Acid
ALA Alpha-linolenic Acid
BHA Butylated Hydroxyanisol
BHT Butylated Hydroxytoluene
FLUTD Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
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Japan Pet Food Market Research FAQs

The Japan Pet Food Market size is expected to reach USD 5.58 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 4.16% to reach USD 6.84 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Japan Pet Food Market size is expected to reach USD 5.58 billion.

Colgate-Palmolive Company (Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.), INABA-PETFOOD Co. Ltd, Mars Incorporated, Nestle (Purina) and Unicharm Corporation are the major companies operating in the Japan Pet Food Market.

In the Japan Pet Food Market, the Dogs segment accounts for the largest share by pets.

In 2024, the Dogs segment accounts for the fastest growing by pets in the Japan Pet Food Market.

In 2023, the Japan Pet Food Market size was estimated at USD 5.32 billion. The report covers the Japan Pet Food Market historical market size for years: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Japan Pet Food Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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