Germany's market for petfood grew slightly in 2010 compared to 2009, rising 0.8% to â‚¬ 2.777 billion (US$3.93 billion).
The strongest growth in 2010 was in the market for cat food, which increased 2.9% to â‚¬ 1.435 billion (US$2.03 billion). Total sales of dog food increased 0.1% from 2009 to â‚¬ 1.102 billion (US$1.56 billion) in 2010. The market for pet products also increased slightly from 2009, growing by 0.8% in 2010 to â‚¬ 3.707 billion (US$5.25 billion).
Sales of small animal food declined 4.5% from 2009, to â‚¬ 127 million (US$179.5 million); sales of food for caged birds fell 7% in 2010, to â‚¬ 53 million (US$74.9 million); and sales of fish food fell 11.6%, to â‚¬ 60 million (US$84.8 million) in 2010.
By Lindsay Beaton
Pet food safety is top-of-mind all along the production line, and everything from the ingredients to the equipment must offer solutions.
By Debbie Phillips-Donaldson
Many hours, efforts, dollars and brainpower go into pet food companies’ and regulatory bodies’ efforts to ensure that products on the market are safe and healthy for pets.