Leading pet food companies in North America based on revenue 2018

Mars Petcare Inc. was the leading pet food company in North America in 2018, with over 18 billion U.S. dollars in revenue. Nestlé Purina PetCare followed in second place with over 13 billion U.S. dollars in revenue.

The history of Mars Petcare Inc.

Mars Petcare is a specialized branch of Mars, Inc., founded in 1911, which is a combination of around 50 brands serving the nutrition and health needs of pets. Mars Petcare was established in 1935 when Mars acquired U.K.-based Chappell Brothers Ltd., a canned dog food manufacturer.

Pet food market in North America

Pet food sales in the United States reached over 30 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, an increase of over ten billion dollars over a seven-year period. However, it is not just brands, such as Pedigree, Cesar and Whiskas under the Mars Petcare banner, which generate such revenues; private label dry dog food accounts for a 14.2 percent share of all dry dog food sales in 2018. Almost a quarter of all pet food is sold through pet specialty chains in the United States.

Leading pet food companies in North America in 2018, based on revenue

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Release date

May 2019


North America

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Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.
*Subsidiary of Agrolimen SA.

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