IndustryNews

Jordan Tyler

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Pet industry sales in the United States exceeded $100 billion for the first time ever in 2020, despite and in some ways due to repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and consumer trends.

Total pet industry revenue totaled $103.6 billion in 2020, with pet food and treat sales leading the pack at $42 billion. This represents a strong 9.7% increase from 2019 for pet food and treat sales.

 

veterinary care and product sales represented $31.4 billion in sales, up 7.2% from 2019, while sales of supplies, live animals and over-the-counter (OTC) medications totaled $22.1 billion, up 15.1%. The only category to experience a sales decline was other services including grooming, dog walking and boarding, which totaled $8.1 billion in sales, down 21.4% from 2019. This was attributed primarily to the impact of COVID-19.

“This past year presented a host of challenges that resulted in consumers across the country turning to their pets for comfort and companionship,” said Steve King, president and chief executive officer of the American Pet Products Association (APPA). “Interestingly, the product trends we are seeing in the pet care community mirror those of consumers – a desire for a healthier lifestyle, increased focus on fitness, turning to supplements for improved well-being, and technology playing a larger role in everyday life.”

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