Russia Pet Food Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Russia Pet Food Market is segmented by Product Type (Dry Food, Wet Food, Treats/Snacks, and Other Product Types), Animal Type (Dogs, Cats, Birds, and Other Animals), and Distribution Channel (Specialized Pet Shops, Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Online Channel, and Other Distribution Channels).

Market Snapshot

Russia Pet Food Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 4.2 %

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Market Overview

The Russian pet food market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period (2021-2026). The global COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the Russian pet food market by driving online sales and increasing the expansion opportunities for the local business. During the nationwide lockdown, pet stores are allowed to continue their operations, but their revenue decreased as consumers preferred to buy through online channels. Online sales have been increasing. Cat and dog food sales increased by 249% and 265% during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, the COVID-19 pandemic had a positive impact on the Russian pet food market. According to the European Pet Food Federation, the Russian pet food market occupies around 10.9% of the total European and 2.0% of the global pet food market in 2018. Russian pet food market is a young market, compared to the Western European countries, and it is expected to witness growth, owing to the increased domestic production. According to the studies, in 2018, the demand for domestic pet food rose by around 20.0%, while the demand for imported pet food also increased by 40.0% during the forecast period. The majority of the market share of the pet food market belongs to dry and wet cat food. The market once was heavily dependent on foreign imports, especially from the United States. However, the scenario has significantly changed to promote domestic production with stringency in import licensing requirements, along with benefits and subsidies promoting domestic production.

Scope of the Report

Pet food is a plant or animal-derived material that is used for the consumption of pets. The Russian pet food market is segmented by product type (dry food, wet food, treats/snacks, and other product types), animal type (dogs, cats, birds, and other animals), and distribution channel (specialized pet shops, supermarkets/hypermarkets, online channel, and other distribution channels).

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

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Key Market Trends

Pet Humanization is Driving the Market Growth

The trend of pet humanization continues to grow deeply in the pet food industry. Pet owners are treating their pets like members or a part of their family increasingly, whereby pets could provide companionship for their owners, especially dogs and cats. This suggests that the evolution of the category is becoming more premium, as consumers are prepared to spend more on pet food products that are healthy, nutritious, and improve living conditions. The problem of pet obesity is mainly caused by pet owners indulging their pets with treats and food, or some of the owners give excessive food to their pets or feed their pets with inappropriate human food. For instance, Mars, in the year 2019, updated its entire Whiskas pouch portfolio to highlight healthy ingredients on the pack design and launched an 11+ year range of pet products for older cats as research suggests that more than 18% of cats are over 11 years old. Maximum pet owners want the best of ingredients in their pet’s food, mirroring the trend of the human food industry due to the humanization of pets.

pet population in Russia

Import of Pet Food Dominates the Russian Pet Food Market in Terms of Value

According to the European Pet Food Federation, Russia’s pet food market is the 3rd fastest growing market worldwide with annual growth of 8.7%. Strong growth is expected to continue, as a result of the expanding pet population, changing feeding patterns, and increased sales in provincial cities. Accordingly, in 2019, the import of pet foods was valued at USD 350,796 thousand, up from USD 289,237 thousand in 2017, denoting a 21.3% increase in the value. As per the United States Department of Agriculture, the share of dry food for cats and dogs in total imports accounts for 57.0%, while 41.0% is accounted for by canned food, and 2.0% comes from other types of food. According to the International Trade Centre (ITC), France, Italy, Canada, and the Netherlands have consistently been the major exporters of pet foods into the Russian pet food market over the years. Imports of pet food continue to increase as a result of renewed economic growth, higher household incomes, an increase in the number of pets within Russian families, and higher demand for new flavors/types and premium products.

Russia Pet Food Market:  Import Value of Pet Foods in USD Thousand, 2017-2019

Competitive Landscape

The Russian pet food market is consolidated, with the top global players occupying a major share in the market. The competition in the market is driven by consumer loyalty. The major players in the pet food market are Mars Inc., Nestle Purina Petcare Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company (Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.), The J.M. Smucker Company (Big Heart Pet Brands Inc.), and Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc., among others.

Recent Developments

In September 2020, Nestle Purina Pet Care expanded the manufacturing facility in Vorisno, which led to the installation of 4 new wet and dry production lines. This is done with the objective of expanding the supply chain in the region.

In January 2019, Mars Inc. relaunched its Whiskas pouch portfolio to highlight healthy ingredients on the pack design and launched an 11+ year range of pet products for older cats as research suggests that more than 18% of cats are over 11 years old.

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 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 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 Animal Type

      1. 5.2.1 Dogs

      2. 5.2.2 Cats

      3. 5.2.3 Birds

      4. 5.2.4 Other Animals

    3. 5.3 Distribution Channel

      1. 5.3.1 Specialized Pet Shops

      2. 5.3.2 Online Channel

      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)

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

      4. 6.3.4 Merric Pet Care

      5. 6.3.5 Aller Pet Food

      6. 6.3.6 Sunshine Mills

      7. 6.3.7 J.M. Smucker

      8. 6.3.8 Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

      9. 6.3.9 Yamahisa Pet Care

      10. 6.3.10 Debifu Pet Products Co. Ltd



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Russia Pet Food Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Russia Pet Food Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.2% over the next 5 years.

Mars Inc, Nestle Purina Petcare Company, Hill's Pet Nutrition, J.M. Smucker, Blue Buffalo are the major companies operating in Russia Pet Food Market.

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