According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “UAE Dog Food Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2020-2025,” the UAE dog food market size reached US$ 25 Million in 2019. Dog food refers to the energy-dense food that is formulated for pet dogs. They are prepared by the combination of numerous agricultural and animal feed-grade ingredients, such as meat, fish, cereals, feed grain by-products and vegetables, which are essential for meeting the dietary and nutritional requirements of dogs. They are especially rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates. These commercialized products assist in boosting immunity, improving metabolism, regulating digestion and repairing damaged cells. Their regular consumption is also associated with reducing irritation caused by allergies or environmental conditions while assisting the pets in maintaining appropriate weight and a luscious coat.
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UAE Dog Food Market Trends:
The market is primarily driven by the significant rise in dog ownership rates in the UAE over the past few years. This is further facilitated by the growing expatriate population and their increasing spending capabilities. Additionally, increasing pet care awareness among the owners and the rising trend of pet humanization have encouraged individuals to invest in good quality dog food. This has increased preference for premium product variants that are prepared with natural raw materials and flavorings. There has also been a growing demand for organic dog food products that are devoid of pesticides, preservatives and genetically modified (GM) food, which, in turn, is creating a positive outlook for the market. Furthermore, numerous nonprofit organizations (NGOs) are organizing pet adoption drives in the UAE, which is anticipated to catalyze the demand for dog food. For instance, NGOs including Umm Al Quwain Stray Dogs Centre, PARA UAE, Ahmed’s Rescue and 38 Smiles collaboratively organized a dog adoption event in 2019 to find homes for dogs that were up for adoption. Some of the other factors contributing to the market growth include the advent of multigrain, grain-free and gluten-free variants, and the growing popularity of internet retailing in the country. On account of the aforementioned factors, the market is projected to witness moderate growth during 2020-2025.
- On the basis of the product type, the market has been divided into dry food, wet and canned food, and snacks and treats. At present, dry food is the most preferred product type.
- Based on the ingredient, animal derivates exhibit a clear dominance in the market. Other major segments include plant derivatives, cereals derivatives and others.
- On the basis of the distribution channel, the market has been classified into convenience stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets, online stores, and others.
- The competitive landscape of the market has been examined in the report with the detailed profiles of the key players. Some of the key players include Del Monte Foods Inc., Nestlé S.A., Mars, Incorporated and Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
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