According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “UAE Cat Food Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028,” the UAE cat food market reached a value of US$ 45.7 Million in 2022. Cat food refers to the commercially produced food that is made up of plant and animal derivatives. These food products are available either in a dry extruded form that is generally packaged in multi-layered paper bags and cartons, or in a wet form, which is packed in aluminum or steel cans. They are fortified with essential nutrients, such as minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, amino acids and vitamins, to meet the dietary requirements of cats. Consequently, their consumption is widely associated with boosting immunity, regulating digestion, improving metabolism and combating skin allergies. Apart from this, these foods aid in maintaining an appropriate weight, providing long-term wellness, and improving the overall health and life expectancy of cats.
UAE Cat Food Market Trends:
The market is primarily driven by the increasing number of nuclear families and the emergence of one-person households in the UAE, which has influenced individuals to adopt low-maintenance pets. Cats are regarded to be the most preferred type of pets in the country as they are well-suited to the regional climate. This, along with the high expendable incomes of the masses, has provided a thrust to the demand for good quality cat food. The growing awareness regarding the importance of pet health and the rising trend of pet humanization have provided a boost to the sales of premium value-added products. Consequently, this has impelled several key players to launch fortified multigrain, gluten-free, protein-specific and grain-free variants in the market to expand their product portfolio. The launch of innovative packaging solutions, such as re-closable bags, convenient stand-up pouches and single-serve pouches, along with the availability of cat food prepared using organic and natural ingredients, is also creating a positive outlook for the market. The market is further driven by the expansion of organized retail channels in the country that offer a wide variety of options at diverse price points. On account of these factors, the market value is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.42% during 2023-2028.
- On the basis of the product type, the market has been classified into dry food, wet and canned food, and snacks and treats. At present, wet and canned food represents the most preferred product type.
- Based on the ingredient type, the market is divided into animal, plant and cereals derivatives. Amongst these, animal derivatives account for the majority of the total market share.
- On the basis of the distribution channel, the market has been categorized into supermarkets and hypermarkets, convenience stores, online stores and others. Currently, supermarkets and hypermarkets exhibit a clear dominance in the market.
- The competitive landscape of the market has been examined in the report, along with the profiles of the key players operating in the market.
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