13 largest pet cat populations in Europe 2020, Russia #1

Pet food sales reached EUR21.8 billion, with a 2.8% growth rate. By volume, companies sold 8.5 billion metric tonnes of pet food products in 2020.

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Cats remained the most populous pet in Europe and Turkey in 2020, beating dogs by approximately 20 million animals, according to data from the European Pet Food Federation (FEDIAF).

Overall, 88 million households in Europe owned a pet in 2020, or 38% of all households. That breaks down into approximately 110 million cats, 90 million dogs, 52 million birds, 30 million small mammals, 15 million aquaria and 9 million reptiles in Europe. Approximately one-quarter of European households included at least one cat or dog in 2020.

Sales of food for those pets reached EUR21.8 billion, with a 2.8% growth rate. By volume, companies sold 8.5 billion metric tonnes of pet food products in 2020. Approximately 150 pet food companies ran 200 plants in Europe. In 2020, those plants employed an estimated 100,000 people.

Country

Cat Population 2020

Russia

22,750,000

Germany

15,700,000

France

15,100,000

Italy

7,930,000

United Kingdom

7,900,000

Romania

4,320,000

Turkey

4,100,000

Spain

3,795,139

Netherlands

3,100,000

Hungary

2,330,000

Belgium

2,050,000

Portugal

1,500,000

Czech Republic

1,120,000

Map of European pet food production facilities in 2020

Dog, cat and other pet food production facilities operate across Europe, from Vafo Group in Estonia to C&D Foods in Spain. Petfood Industry’s Top Companies Current Data includes 42 pet food and treat production facilities with addresses listed in Europe. Those pet food producers appear in the Google Map embedded below. 

 

10 top pet food companies headquartered in Europe

Most of the 10 top pet food companies headquartered in Europe, as ranked by 2020 revenue, were different as compared to the prior year's rankings, with only four companies out of the top 10 remaining in the same ranking position. The June edition of Petfood Industry, featuring its annual Top Pet Food Companies report, highlights the top pet food companies from around the world. While companies headquartered in the U.S. dominate the top of the overall world rankings, European-based companies also feature prominently.

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