Top 10 European, UK pet food market news 2020

The top pet food news in the United Kingdom and Europe dealt with acquisitions, market forecasts and other economic matters in 2020.

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Pet food businesses carried on in the United Kingdom and continental Europe while the pandemic raged in 2020. The top pet food news in the region dealt with acquisitions, market forecasts and other economic matters. These 10 articles are ranked by unique pageviews, a measure of how many times individual computers, and ostensibly individual humans, viewed a particular website page. Google Analytics provided the unique pageview data from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020.

1. 10 top European pet food companies 2019

September 4, 2020 – Tim Wall – 4,050 unique pageviews

These 10 European pet food companies ranked among the top in annual revenue in 2019, according to Petfood Industry’s Top Pet Food Companies Current Data.

2. UK pet food market forecast at GBP2.9 bil in 2020

February 19, 2020 – Tim Wall – 3,026 unique pageviews

58% dog food buyers aged 16-24 believe it is healthier to limit red meat in their dogs’ diets, compared to just 30% of dog food buyers aged 45+.

3. Purina acquires UK natural pet food maker Lily’s Kitchen

April 1, 2020 -- Tim Wall – 2,962 unique pageviews

Nestlé Purina PetCare acquired natural pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen, a UK producer of premium wet and dry natural foods for dogs and cats.

4. EU dog, cat and other pet food sales at EUR21 bil in 2019

June 29, 2020 – Tim Wall – 781 unique pageviews

Over the past three years, the EU pet food industry grew by 2.6% on average annually.

5. Map of European pet food production facilities in 2020

December 29, 2020 – Tim Wall – 673 unique pageviews

Petfood Industry’s Top Companies Current Data includes 42 pet food and treat production facilities with addresses listed in Europe.

6. Smaller, older dogs alter UK pet food market

October 8, 2020 – Tim Wall – 602 unique pageviews

Advances in nutrition, care and medicine helped dog and cat lifespan double during the past four decades in the United Kingdom, where dogs now live an average 12 years, while cats’ nine lives last them 15 years.

7. Recyclable dog, cat food packaging trials at R&D facility

July 15, 2020 – Tim Wall – 565 unique pageviews

At flexible packaging maker Coveris’ Pack Innovation Centre in Halle, Germany, pet food companies can run trials with their products on vertical form fill seal packaging machines to check for problems.

8. Spectrum Brands acquires Armitage Pet Care in UK

October 28, 2020 - Tim Wall – 556 unique pageviews

Missouri, USA-based Spectrum Brands acquired Armitage Pet Care based in Nottingham, Great Britain, producer of brands Good Boy, Meowee!, Wildbird and Wafcol.

9. Russia, Germany, UK top European pet dog populations 2019

July 10, 2020 – Tim Wall – 518 unique pageviews

The European Pet Food Industry (FEDIAF) released their estimates of the pet populations in European countries for 2019.

10. UK pet care market grew 2.5% between 2011 and 2019

October 7, 2020 – Tim Wall – 509 unique pageviews

Between 2011 and 2019, pet care sales’ 2.5% cumulative growth outperformed the wider fast-moving consumer goods category, which increased 1.9% over the same time.

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