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Tuesday, September 20 2022 - 15:34
Thailand's Pet Food Producers on a Mission to Please Pet Owners and 'Pet Parents'
BANGKOK, Sept. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Today, a growing global trend sees pet owners becoming 'pet parents' and 
treating their dogs and cats as part of the family. Gone are the days of 
keeping a pet outdoor and feeding it scrap food. For the pet food industry, the 
shift is having a major impact, and Thailand, as the world's kitchen, is 
helping to fulfil the needs of 'pet parenting', according to an industry group.

As consumers become more aware of what they eat, the same consciousness applies 
to their pets. Instead of basic food, they now demand more nutritious value and 
compliance to safety standards for their pets. As 'pet humanization' becomes an 
emerging trend, it's no surprise to see plant-based, organic, and even vegan 
pet food products in the market.  

Thailand is the world's third largest pet food exporter in 2021 with export 
value of more than 65 billion baht, an increase of 27% from the year before, 
according to the Thai Pet Food Trade Association (TPFA). Thailand's top 5 
export markets for pet food are the US, Japan, Italy, Malaysia and Australia, 
while Asian neighbors such as India, Indonesia and Laos see rising demand. The 
steady growth of Thai pet food exports is accelerating in 2022 with a 43% 
increase in the first 7-months.

The abundance of agricultural produce in Thailand, means that 95% of the raw 
materials used in pet food is sourced locally, supporting the country's 
production hub status, according to TPFA.

"Our strengths also derive from the long-standing experiences and reputation in 
canned tuna production which can be broaden into wet pet food manufacturing," 
said Dr. Chanintr Chalisarapong, President of TPFA.

Thai manufacturers of pet food brands include Perfect Companion Group's 
SmartHeart and Me-O brands, Asian Sea's Monchou brand, Charoen Pokphand Foods' 
JerHigh, and Jinny brands, and Thai Union's ChangeTer's brand. Thailand's 
competitiveness has also attracted many international pet food brands to set 
production bases here, such as Mars Petcare, Nestle Purina, Pedigree and Tiki.

To answer the demand from pet owners, manufacturers are putting the emphasis on 
producing the pet food which in terms of safety, variety and dietary values are 
similar to human-grade food. Demand is also increasing for innovative products 
such as prescription foods and supplements for treatment of pet health issues, 
like heart, lungs, and kidney diseases, TPFA said.

"The trust in our manufacturers' quality and safety standards from customers, 
combined with product diversification, innovation and continuous development 
contribute to Thailand's competitive edge in the global pet food market," said 

The global pet food market is projected to record a CAGR of 4.6% from 
2022-2027, according to Mordor Intelligence. As the number of households with 
pets continues to increase globally, manufacturers of pet food will certainly 
stay on top to help pet parents take the best care of their fur babies.

Source: DITP

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   Caption: Thai pet food offers myriad choices filled with appetizing and 
nutritious contents.