US cat, dog food exports at US$1.7 billion in 2020

Cat and dog food was the third most valuable category of United States animal food industry exports in 2020.

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Cat and dog food was the third most valuable category of United States animal food industry exports in 2020. The American Feed Industry Association created an infographic displaying that data, along with more U.S. Census Bureau Data summarizing 2020 exports. Cat and dog food exports from the U.S. reached US$1.7 billion last year. By value, soybean meal and dried distillers grains both exceeded pet food at US$3.7 billion and US$2.3 billion respectively. Animal feed preparations were at US$1.6 billion in fourth place, followed by forage products in fifth at US$1.5 billion. However, pet food did not appear on the top five exports by volume, which were:

  1. dried distillers grains,
  2. soybean meal,
  3. forage products
  4. corn gluten meal
  5. animal free preparations

The top export destinations for us animal food products based on value were:

  1. Canada
  2. Mexico
  3. Japan
  4. China
  5. South Korea

5 top pet food companies in the United States 2019

These 5 pet food companies ranked among the top in 2019 annual revenue among companies based in the United States. Learn more about trends in annual revenues of the top companies in Europe, Asia and globally with Petfood Industry Top Companies Historical Data.

1. Mars Petcare in Franklin, Tennessee


Mars Petcare is the world's leading pet food company. Its nearly 50 pet food brands include five, billion-dollar brands. The company is increasingly looking to diversify its revenue streams. Mars Petcare also owns the BluePearl chain of emergency and specialty veterinary care clinics and Banfield animal hospitals.

Brands: Pedigree, Iams, Whiskas, Royal Canin, Banfield pet hospitals, Cesar, Eukanuba, Sheba, and Temptations.

2. Nestlé Purina PetCare in St. Louis, Missouri


Nestlé Purina PetCare remains a top player in the global pet care industry. The company reported 7% organic growth in its pet care products in 2019. Long a leader in the U.S. market, Nestlé Purina also operates pet food factories in 19 countries. Nestlé Purina claims three headquarters globally: St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for its North American and Latin American operations; Lausanne, Switzerland, in Europe; and Sydney, Australia, covering Asia, Oceania and Africa. Its parent company Nestlé's world headquarters are in Vevey, Switzerland.

Brands: Alpo, Bakers, Beggin', Beneful, Beyond, Busy, Cat Chow, Chef Michael's Canine Creations, Deli-Cat, Dog Chow, Fancy Feast, Felix, Friskie's, Frosty Paws, Gourmet, Just Right, Kit & Kaboodle, Mighty Dog, Moist & Meaty, Muse, Purina, Purina ONE, Purina Pro Plan, Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, Second Nataure, T-Bonz and Waggin' Train, Zuke's, Castor & Pollux

3. J.M. Smucker in Orrville, Ohio


J.M. Smucker is a leading producer, distributor and marketer of premium-quality, branded pet food and pet snacks in the U.S. Smucker runs processing plants in Decatur, Alabama; Lawrence, Kansas; and Buffalo, New York, USA. Both a processing plant and distribution center are operated at locations in Topeka, Kansas, and Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. In addition to its own brands, Smucker produces and distributes private-label pet products and utilizes 16 co-packers and 12 re-packers in the U.S., Canada and Thailand.

Brands: Meow Mix, Kibbles 'n Bits, Milk-Bone, 9Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Snausages, Rachel Ray's Nutrish, Dad's

4. Hill's Pet Nutrition in Topeka, Kansas


Hill's Pet Nutrition sells more than 300 products, principally through authorized pet supply retailers and veterinarians in more than 80 countries worldwide. Hill's operates major manufacturing and warehousing facilities in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Topeka, Kansas; Emporia, Kansas; and Richmond, Indiana, USA. Its primary research center is located in Topeka, Kansas, USA. Hill's also runs major manufacturing and warehousing facilities in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

Brands: Science Diet, Prescription Diet, Bioactive Recipe, Healthy Advantage

5. Diamond Pet Foods in Meta, Missouri


Diamond Pet Foods manufactures three brands of food for dogs and cats. The family-owned and privately held company headquartered in Missouri, USA, also manufactures in South Carolina, Arkansas and California, USA.

Brands: Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Diamond Naturals Grain-Free, Diamond Care, Nutra-Gold, Nutra-Gold Grain-Free, Nutra Nuggets Global, Nutra Nuggets US, Premium Edge, Professional and Taste of the Wild. Also: Bright Bites snacks.

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