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

The South American Pet Food Market is Segmented into Product, Pricing, Animal Type, Ingredient Type, Sales Channel, and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Market Snapshot 1
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 4.4 %

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Market Overview

The South American pet food market is projected to witness a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • The rapid economic and social changes in these countries are leading to increased urbanization, high-income growth, and a strong aesthetic sense among the consumers.
  • Pet ‘humanization’, wherein human characteristics are ascribed to pets, is a direct consequence of these changes.
  • Due to a rise in this trend of humanization, owners are becoming increasingly aware of pet health, nutrient uptake, and overall wellness.
  • Manufacturers are capitalizing on this situation and differentiating their products on these lines, with natural and ethically sourced products being a major hit in this regard.

Scope of the Report

The report on the South American pet food market contains an analysis of various parameters of the market. The study includes multiple kinds of pet food for pets, like cats, dogs, etc., in South America. The market has been segmented based on product type, pricing, animal type, ingredient type, sales channel type, and geography. The study involves an analysis of formulation requirements and market demand. The report presents a wide-range analysis of market share, size, and trends of the South American pet food market. The market operates in the B2C model, and market sizing has been done at the consumer level.

Dry Pet Food
Wet Pet Food
Veterinary Diet
Other Products
Animal Type
Other Animals
Sales Channel
Specialized Pet Shops
Internet Sales
Other Sales Channels
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

Dry Pet Food Dominate the Market

The dry pet food market in the South American region occupied the largest market share in 2019, and it is projected to witness a high CAGR over the forecast period. Dry pet food is the most demanded pet food segment by type among the customers. The region also imports large quantities of dry pet food from countries, such as China. To ensure good quality imports, countries in the region have placed many food import restrictions on importing countries.


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Brazil Dominates the Market

Brazil overtook Japan as the second-largest market for pet food worldwide in 2012, and it is behind only the United States. Brazilian pet food companies rely on US companies for the ingredients for their formulations. With the Brazilian pet food market growing and a rise in the demand for innovative pet products, the ingredient suppliers are required to be registered at the MAPA’s Department of Animal Production Inspection and Development (DFIP) as a prerequisite for exporting to Brazil. Specialized pet stores are gaining popularity in the country, due to the consistent price range offered by these small outlets, unlike the price volatilities of large-scale outlets of major brands. These stores are often involved in producing innovative and naturally and ethically sourced materials, and hence, their dedicated pet food product lines are capturing consumer interest.


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Competitive Landscape

The South American pet food market consists of few global players, like Nestle, Mars Incorporated, and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, but many of the pet food manufacturers are locally based. The market is highly fragmented and competitive; hence, the leading players are involved in the R&D of innovative pet food products, to achieve significant market shares.

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 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Product

      1. 5.1.1 Dry Pet Food

      2. 5.1.2 Wet Pet Food

      3. 5.1.3 Veterinary Diet

      4. 5.1.4 Treat/Snack

      5. 5.1.5 Other Products

    2. 5.2 Animal Type

      1. 5.2.1 Dog

      2. 5.2.2 Cat

      3. 5.2.3 Bird

      4. 5.2.4 Other Animals

    3. 5.3 Sales Channel

      1. 5.3.1 Specialized Pet Shops

      2. 5.3.2 Internet Sales

      3. 5.3.3 Hypermarkets

      4. 5.3.4 Other Sales Channels

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Brazil

      2. 5.4.2 Argentina

      3. 5.4.3 Chile

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Competitor 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 Uni-Charm Corp.

      5. 6.3.5 Nutriara Alimentos Ltda

      6. 6.3.6 InVivo NSA

      7. 6.3.7 Agrolimen SA

      8. 6.3.8 Mogiana Alimentos SA

      9. 6.3.9 J.M. Smucker (Big Heart)

      10. 6.3.10 Diamond Pet Foods

      11. 6.3.11 Blue Buffalo

      12. 6.3.12 Merrick Pet Care


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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The South America Pet Food Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.4% over the next 5 years.

Mars Inc., Nestle SA (Purina), Colgate Palmolive ( Hill's Pet Nutrition), Nutriara Alimentos Ltda, Wellpet are the major companies operating in South America Pet Food Market.

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