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Pet Palatant Market - Forecasts from 2024 to 2029

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The pet palatant market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% over the forecast period, increasing from US$383.507 million in 2022 to reach US$536.143 million by 2029.

Palatants play a crucial role as specialized ingredient systems designed to enhance the palatability of pet food, addressing various sensory aspects such as olfactory senses, taste, texture, and overall aesthetic appeal. In the case of dry pet food, which is the predominant choice, palatants are often incorporated to make it more appealing to pets. On the other hand, wet pet food, preferred by owners seeking a more indulgent option, can also benefit from the addition of palatants to enhance both flavour and aroma, making it more enticing for pets. Palatants can exist in either dry or wet forms and are frequently combined Derived from either animal or plant proteins, palatants have a rich history, with the earliest versions known as "digests," which were enzymatically broken down into dry proteins and incorporated into pet food.

Market Drivers

  • Rise in Pet Ownership

Globally, the population is increasingly adopting to changing lifestyle, where pets have become part of life for people across the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an increased trend towards the adoption of pets. According to the AVMA, the proportion of U.S. households with at least one dog rose from 38% to 45% between 2016 and 2020. In a noteworthy trend, the ownership of cats has been on the rise. The percentage of households with at least one cat experienced a slight increase from 25% to 26% between 2016 and 2020, followed by a further uptick to 29% in 2022. In China, there are a total of 74 million dog owners, while the United States boasts 85 million dog owners, and the European Union comprises 92 million dog owners. Numbers suggest that, the importance of pets globally and its effect on the pet palatant market.

  • Growing awareness of the significance of palatability

Although pet food is primarily designed to provide comprehensive and balanced nutrition, the palatability of the product has emerged as a crucial determinant of its success or failure in the market and the likelihood of repeat purchases. Both cats and dogs exhibit neophilic behaviour, indicating a preference for new foods. The ingredients used in dry pet food are largely similar for both cats and dogs, with a greater emphasis on incorporating animal-origin proteins and fats in dry cat foods. Dry pet foods (also known as kibbles) offer the advantage of being a cost-effective and efficient source of energy compared to wet and semi-moist alternatives. Wet diets emerge as favourable options due to their higher protein content, closely aligning with a cat's optimal intake. These diets feature increased fat and minimal carbohydrates. On the other hand, dry foods often contain less protein, comparable fat levels to wet diets, and the potential for high carbohydrate content. This divergence in nutritional composition may explain the preference for wet food, which shares similarities with meat in terms of both composition and water content.

In essence, understanding the preferences of pets, particularly cats, in terms of palatability involves considering the nuanced variations in protein, fat, and carbohydrate content across different types of pet food, growing awareness and knowledge around it helping to grow the pet palatant market.

Market Segments

The pet food market is segmented into three main categories: pet type, source, and form. By pet type, the market is divided into dog food and cat food. By source, the market is segmented into meat-based and non-meat pet food. As such in pet type, dogs exhibit a more accepting attitude towards a diverse range of foods. Their opportunistic feeding behaviour, coupled with a tendency to consume the first available food, can present challenges when attempting to pinpoint the driving forces behind their food intake. On the other hand, cats demonstrate greater selectivity and possess the ability to discern even minor changes in food composition. Consequently, it reflects the distinct preferences and behaviours of each species. This comparative nature extends to the types of products designed specifically for cats and dogs.

North America is anticipated to hold a significant share of the pet palatant market.

North America is projected to account for a notable share of the pet palatant market owing to the people's huge ownership of pets in these regions. Approximately 65.1 million households in the United States share their homes with at least one canine companion, and 46.5 million families are proud owners of a feline friend, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Additionally, 2.2 million Americans enjoy the companionship of a horse as a pet, while an equal number find joy in caring for saltwater fish, as reported by APPA. Between 2020 and 2022, there was a general increase in consumer spending on dogs and cats. Radich reported that the average yearly expenses for veterinary visits in households with a single dog rose from $224 in 2020 to $362 in 2022. Similarly, for households with cats, the mean annual spending on veterinary visits increased from $189 in 2020 to $321 in 2022. Shows the importance of companionship and family importance of these pets.

Market Developments

  • September 2023- Symrise launched a cutting-edge production facility for pet food palatability solutions in Latin America. This facility, situated in Chapeco, Brazil, focuses on the manufacturing of liquid and powder palatants catering to both local and international markets. The highly automated plant adheres to stringent food safety standards, ensuring top-notch production processes. The inauguration of this pet food palatants production facility took place in late August 2023, marking a significant milestone for Symrise. The state-of-the-art plant is dedicated to producing palatants specifically designed for cat and dog food, solidifying Symrise's position with the most extensive footprint in the global pet food market
  • December 2021- Bessemer Investors LLC disclosed a substantial investment in Pet Flavors, LLC, a company specializing in the production of pharmaceutical-grade flavour bases and palatants for the pet industry. The financial details of this investment have not been disclosed. This strategic move represents Bessemer's foray into the companion animal health market.
  • February 2022- Symrise AG officially confirmed the signing of a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Wing Pet Food, a leading Chinese provider of pet food palatability enhancers. This strategic move is geared towards bolstering Symrise's market standing in the realm of pet food palatability and expediting its diversification within the pet food application sector. The acquisition of Wing Pet Food not only adds valuable capabilities but also broadens Symrise's reach into the rapidly growing Asia/Pacific region (APAC), recognized by experts as the fastest-growing region for pet food applications globally.

Company Products

  • PetSavio™.- PetSavio™, a delectable bone broth or stock base, has garnered favour among pets due to its irresistible taste. This sought-after product is available in both powder and paste forms. The series comprises PetSavio™ PBP 410 (beef), PetSavio™ PPP 410 (pork), and PetSavio™ PCP 410 (chicken) in powder form. The preparation of the product involves a meticulous process of slow-simmering fish, chicken, pork, or beef bones until they achieve a soft consistency, leaving behind no bone bits. This careful crafting ensures a rich and flavorful broth that pets adore, making PetSavio™ a delightful addition to their cuisine.
  • PALASURANCE®- Kemin, recognized as a prominent manufacturer of pet food palatants, introduces its flagship line, PALASURANCE, catering to a diverse range of pet food products. It is crafted to meet the industry and consumer expectations for palatability, PALASURANCE products embody Kemin's commitment to delivering superior taste experiences for pets. The palatability of pet food hinges on various factors, encompassing ingredient freshness, kibble texture, size, shape, and, notably, the application of palatants. With a profound understanding of taste at the molecular level, Kemin, as a pet food palatants manufacturer, designs enhancers within PALASURANCE to optimize both flavour and overall acceptance by pets.
  • SPF VET PALTM- SPF VET PALTM by Symrise flavours stands as a reliable companion in enhancing the acceptance of treatments and dietary supplements by pets, ensuring their compliance with prescribed regimens. Elevating palatability becomes a powerful tool in bringing joy to pet parents and promoting the overall health of pets, SPF VET PALTM flavours emerge as a valuable asset. These flavours contribute significantly to the mission of helping pets lead long, healthy lives.

Market Segmentation

By Pet Type

  • Cat
  • Dog

By Source

  • Meat Based
  • Liver
  • Viscera
  • Others
  • Non- Meat

By Form

  • Dry
  • Wet

By Geography

  • North America
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • South America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Others
  • Europe
  • Uk
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Others
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Others
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Others
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  • 1.1. Market Overview
  • 1.2. Market Definition
  • 1.3. Scope of the Study
  • 1.4. Market Segmentation
  • 1.5. Currency
  • 1.6. Assumptions
  • 1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


  • 2.1. Research Data
  • 2.2. Research Process


  • 3.1. Research Highlights


  • 4.1. Market Drivers
  • 4.2. Market Restraints
  • 4.3. Market Opportunities
  • 4.4. Porter's Five Force Analysis
    • 4.4.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
    • 4.4.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
    • 4.4.3. Threat of New Entrants
    • 4.4.4. Threat of Substitutes
    • 4.4.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
  • 4.5. Industry Value Chain Analysis


  • 5.1. Introduction
  • 5.2. Cat
  • 5.3. Dog


  • 6.1. Introduction
  • 6.2. Meat Based
    • 6.2.1. Liver
    • 6.2.2. Viscera
    • 6.2.3. Others
  • 6.3. Non-Meat


  • 7.1. Introduction
  • 7.2. Dry
  • 7.3. Wet


  • 8.1. Introduction
  • 8.2. North America
    • 8.2.1. USA
    • 8.2.2. Canada
    • 8.2.3. Mexico
  • 8.3. South America
    • 8.3.1. Brazil
    • 8.3.2. Argentina
    • 8.3.3. Others
  • 8.4. Europe
    • 8.4.1. UK
    • 8.4.2. Germany
    • 8.4.3. France
    • 8.4.4. Spain
    • 8.4.5. Others
  • 8.5. Middle East and Africa
    • 8.5.1. Saudi Arabia
    • 8.5.2. UAE
    • 8.5.3. Others
  • 8.6. Asia Pacific
    • 8.6.1. China
    • 8.6.2. Japan
    • 8.6.3. South Korea
    • 8.6.4. India
    • 8.6.5. Indonesia
    • 8.6.6. Thailand
    • 8.6.7. Others


  • 9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
  • 9.2. Market Share Analysis
  • 9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations


  • 10.1. Kemin Industries Inc.
  • 10.2. AFB International
  • 10.3. Symrise AG
  • 10.4. Trilogy Essential Ingredients Inc.
  • 10.5. Essentia
  • 10.6. Ainsworth Pet Nutrition
  • 10.7. Profypet
  • 10.8. Young Again Pet Foods LLC
  • 10.9. MMPP Holdings Inc.
  • 10.10. Kerry Group
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