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Diverse ingredients are used in
US dog and cat food

4M

Farm & mill-based Ingredients
($1.4B)

Meat & poultry
products ($3.21B)

1.8M
tons

Rendered protein meals

States reaping the biggest economic benefits

($563M)

Animal & poultry fats

Charts courtesy of IFEEDER

Charts courtesy of IFEEDER

($153M)

various price points to fit their budgets and preferences.
These ingredient purchases boost incomes for farmers and farm processors and stimulate additional economic activity through the purchase of farming inputs
and supplies via the spending multiplier effect. The research found that the exchange of pet food ingredients
leads to the purchase of an additional $5.3 billion in materials and services for farmers and farm suppliers. This
includes inputs such as seed, fertilizer, fuel, machinery
and labor. In addition, farm suppliers buy $4.1 billion in
materials and services, such as fuel, fertilizer, equipment
and labor, that they in turn sell to suppliers of farmers.
The research also found that sustainable ingredients
are cooked directly into pet food. Often using leftover
ingredients made from the production of human food,
such as bakery or brewery items or parts of the animal
that humans do not eat, pet food manufacturers are providing the nutrition pets need and want while supporting the agricultural industry's environmental impact.
Other interesting findings showed that by weight,
whole grains and chicken topped the list of ingredients
used in pet food, whereas beef and lamb represented the
top two most valuable ingredients used.
Of the 9.8 million tons of pet food produced, nearly
774,000 tons were consumed in Texas, followed by nearly 706,000 tons in California and roughly 510,000 tons in
Florida, the country's top three states by consumption.
It probably comes as no surprise that the states reaping
the biggest economic benefits from the pet food industry
are situated primarily in the Midwest, where most crops
are grown and most animals are raised. Manufacturers
purchased the most products from farmers and farm
processors in Missouri, valued at $999 million, followed
by Kansas at $574 million, Pennsylvania at $571 million,
Iowa at $422 million and Ohio at $367 million.
The demand for pet food is strong. The United States
pet food industry will continue to thrive as it develops
new, innovative solutions to meet the nutritional needs

Fishery ingredients

($893M)

Broth ingredients
($834M)

Minerals & others
($12.5M)

tons

1.5M tons
289k tons

199k tons
167k tons
3,700 tons

12

30

Mg

Magnesium

11

Based on a 2020 report that showed 8.65 million tons of food
ingredients valeued at $6.9 billion, excluding water.

Zn
Zinc

Na

Sodium

"Pet food manufacturers
are providing the
nutrition pets need and
want while supporting
the agricultural industry's
environmental impact."
of pets and changing demands of consumers - all while
reducing its environmental impact.

What's next?

The partner organizations are conducting briefings with
federal regulators and policymakers, commodity groups,
state grain and feed associations and others so that they
understand the pet food manufacturing industry's economic impact and value in supporting rural agricultural
communities. The full report and data, broken down by
state and ingredient, can be found online at ifeeder.org.
If an organization is interested in learning more, reach
out to Robert Cooper at rcooper@afia.org for more information or visit ifeeder.org.
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