In 2022, Brazil-based pet food companies had the highest annual revenues among those nations in the Western Hemisphere colonized by Spain and Portugal. The most populous nation in South America was home to the four most prosperous Latin American dog, cat and other pet food companies in Petfood Industry’s Top Pet Food Companies database.
1. Special Dog
Special Dog Company was born in February 2001 in the city of Santa Cruz do Rio Pardo, in the interior of São Paulo. The company quickly reached the rank of one of the largest industries in the segment in Brazil. The brand operates in more than 38,000 points of sale in 8 Brazilian states and the Federal District, in addition to exporting to 13 countries.
2. BRF Pet SA
BRF reprorted a 33 percent revenue increase in its pet segment 2022 as a result of acquisions made in 2021. BRF became a major player in the Brazilian pet food market in 2021 with the acquisitions of established manufacturers Hecosul and Mogiana. The company paid R$1.35 billion (US$234 million) for the two companies. The company said the acquisitions would give it 10 percent of the Brazilian petfood market. Hercosul produces and distributes dry and wet dog and cat foods, with brands such as Biofresh, Three Dogs, Three Cats, Primocão, Primogato, Apolo and Átila. It has plants in Ivoti and Vacari in Brazil and a new plant in Doctro Jaun Leion Mallorquin, Paraguay. Mogiana’s product portfolio includes superpremium Guabi Natural, Gran Plus in the high premium segment, Faro in the premium segment, in addition to the Herói and Cat Meal brands in the standard segment. The company operates with a strong presence in the southeast region, in addition to exporting products to countries in the Caribbean, Europe and South America. For this purpose, the company has two production units in Campinas and Bastos, Brazil.
3. Premier Pet
Premier Pet began in Brazil in 1995 and launched its first brand after two years of research. Premier Pet, owned by agricultural corporation Grandfood Industry and Trade, sells dog and cat food through pet shops and veterinary offices. Premier Pet is located on a large campus in the state of Sao Paolo, Brazil, with a factory of 41,000 square meters. The Instituto Premier Pet is the company's nonprofit arm, supporting and encouraging research, studies and actions that aim to promote health, quality of life and longevity of dogs and cats, in addition to supporting several social causes.
Total Alimentos, owned by ADM Animal Nutrition, uses technology to create wet food flavors in its dry food. Total Alimentos has its own label partnerships with many large corporations, including Walmart, Carrefour, Extra/Canino, DentaClean and Kelko. Total Alimentos also has a line of animal feed for a wide range of species.
Since entering the pet food market in 2011, Empresas Carozzi has continued a string of acquisitions to become a leading South American supplier. The Chilean company is a subsidiary of Carozzi S.A., which is already active in international food and agriculture markets.
Champion Pet Care is a privately held Chilean firm founded in the mid-20th century. The company is engaged in research, development and production of animal feed. Champion markets through three divisions: pet food and other products for dogs and cats, equine nutrition and eggs.
Grupo Pilar is the leading company in Argentina for the manufacture and marketing of food for companion animals through its Gepsa Pet Foods division and of feed for production animals through its Gepsa Feeds division. With 11 brands of pet foods, Gepsa covers a full range of price points in offerings for dogs and cats. Gepsa Pet Foods also manufactures for private label.
CAMPI, part of Bachoco Industries, the leader in the Mexican poultry industry and one of the ten most prominent producers in the world. Bachoco’s main lines of business are chicken, egg, and balanced feed. CAMPI has been producing pet food for 40 years.
Agroindustrias Baires is based in Argentina and manufactures dry dog and dry cat food. The company has a nearly 105,000-square-foot production facility.
10. Nutec Group
The Nutec Group, formerly Nueva Tecnología en Alimentación, produces pet food for dogs under the brand Nupec and for cats under the brand Matisse. The Mexican firm also produces feed for piglets, horses, calves, deer and chicks.
Italcol manufactures feed and premixes for a wide range of species, including livestock, equine, fish and pets. It operates 18 plants in Colombia, Ecuador and Panama. Italcol Pets has more than 15 years of experience in the pet food market, which is backed by Italcol, a company that has more than 50 years of experience in the manufacture, distribution, sale and exploitation of concentrated animal feed. Italcol Pets claims to be the largest pet food manufacturer in Colombia.
Belina has 15 years of experience in the manufacture and distribution of animal feed. In 2020 it sold USD 34 million in three lines of business: pets, farm and aquaculture. The most relevant is the pet line with about 70% of sales through its own and recognized brands in the Costa Rican market - Balance, Superkan and Gourmet mix -, and the distribution of Nutrisource. The manufacturing process is carried out in the production plant located in the province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica, while the distribution to the entire country is carried out from its own logistics center in Alajuela. In total, Belina currently employs 225 people.
13. Rinti SA
Rinti sa is a Peruvian company specializing in the production and marketing of dog and cat food. The company exports its products in countries such as Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Panama.
Malta Texo de Mexico (maltaCleyton), a subsidiary of ADM, specializes in the manufacture and sale of animal feed and pet food. maltaCleyton foods for dogs and cats, as well as a line of medicines, is sold through self-service stores, wholesalers and distributors.
The Company was founded in 1952 and became a public company in 1997, via a public offering of shares on the Mexican and the New York stock exchanges. Bachoco is a vertically-integrated company with operations in Mexico and the US with its headquarters located in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. Its main business lines are: chicken, table eggs, balanced feed, pork, and further process products of beef and turkey. Bachoco owns and manages more than a thousand farms, 9 processing plants, 9 further processing plants, 2 swine processing plants, 23 feed mills, 22 hatcheries, and more than 80 distribution centers.
16. Grupo Nu3
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GrandPET is the pet division of Grupo Nu3, an agricultural and food company founded in 1985. The company started with pig farming.