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Pet Food Testing Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type, by Application, by Pet Food Type : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023-2032

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Author's: Supriya Bhosale | Surya Sanka
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Pet Food Testing Market Research, 2032

The global pet food testing market was valued at $6.9 billion in 2022, and is projected to reach $11.4 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2023 to 2032. Pet food testing refers to the systematic and comprehensive examination of pet food products to ensure compliance with rigorous standards of flavor, quality, and safety. In the dynamic and expanding pet food market, where legal requirements may currently be insufficient, pet food testing becomes crucial for suppliers to guarantee that their products meet the highest standards. This process involves thorough evaluation and analysis, typically conducted by certified and accredited laboratories, utilizing guaranteed analysis methods.

Pet Food Testing Market

The foundation of pet food testing lies in adherence to food labeling guidelines established by authoritative bodies such as the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which is equivalent to the FDA in overseeing pet and animal food labeling. These guidelines serve as a benchmark for assessing the nutritional content and composition of pet foods. Similar to regulations governing other animal products, pet food testing ensures that manufacturing and production processes adhere to sanitary conditions and encompass all necessary safety measures.

The surge in spending on pet products and services globally is anticipated to boost the pet food testing market demand in the coming years. For instance, in Europe the spending on pet food has increased by 7.6% post-pandemic as per the report published by the European Pet Food Federation. This heightened investment by consumers in their pets underscores a growing market that demands stringent testing measures. As pet owners increasingly prioritize the health and well-being of their companions, the demand for high-quality, safe, and innovative pet food products has intensified, necessitating the implementation of robust testing protocols.

Furthermore, growing consumer awareness regarding the ingredients used in pet food, high preference for customized and premium food products, and a shift towards grain-free and organic offerings, continues to experience substantial growth. This growth is further propelled by an increase in pet adoption rates across different countries. Food, being an essential necessity for pets, has become a focal point for pet owners who are increasingly willing to pay a premium for high-quality and nutritious pet food. The growing concern among owners for the nourishment of their pets is a key driver, prompting the need for rigorous testing to ensure that pet food products meet the highest standards of safety and nutritional content.

High cost of pet food testing, procedures, high level of fragmentation in the market with presence of large number of small and mid-size pet food testing companies is estimated to restrict the market growth. For instance, owing to the presence of large number of companies, the competition in the market is high owing to which the established players need to spend more on marketing strategies, research & development to constantly innovate their pet food testing procedures which may put financial strain on the companies. In addition, small companies may face challenges in terms of allocating necessary resources for testing process. This may impact the quality of pet food testing procedures which can impact the quality of pet food testing. These factors are anticipated to hamper the pet food testing market size in the coming years.

The growing trend towards personalized pet nutrition, propelled by pet owners' increasing inclination towards tailored solutions aligning with their pets' preferences, health conditions, and aging considerations, creates a significant opportunity for the pet food testing market. This evolving paradigm places emphasis on the need for specialized testing measures to guarantee the quality, safety, and nutritional accuracy of customized pet food formulations. Pet owners are actively seeking individualized nutritional options for their beloved companions. Pet food testing laboratories play a crucial role in meeting the diverse and specific needs of pets.

As pet owners become more discerning about the well-being of their pets, the demand for pet food that is precisely tailored to the unique requirements of each animal is on the rise. Pet food testing becomes a linchpin in this scenario, ensuring that the formulations not only align with the preferences and health conditions of individual pets but also meet stringent quality and safety standards.

Segmental Overview

The pet food testing market is segmented on the basis of type, application, pet food type, and region. By type, the market is divided into label validation & marketability testing, nutritional analysis, packaging leak detection, stability study, and others. The nutritional analysis sub-segment is further divided into proximate composition, determination of carbohydrate, fatty acid profiling, vitamins, minerals & other trace elements. The packaging leak detection sub-segment is further classified into bubble emission method, pressure decay method, vacuum decay test, dry chamber technique, ultrasonic measurement. The other sub-segment by type is further classified into allergens testing, antibiotics residues, pesticides residues, heavy metals, and mycotoxins. By application, the market is classified into dog food, cat food, and others. By pet food type, the market is classified into dry, wet, and snacks & treats. The snacks & treats sub-segment is further classified into semimoist, biscuits, jerky, and rawhide products. By region, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

By Type

By type, the nutritional analysis sub-segment dominated the market in 2022. Nutritional analysis helps manufacturers ensure that their products meet the required nutritional standards and claims, providing a competitive advantage in the market. Stringent regulations govern the pet food industry, and compliance with these regulations is crucial. Companies offering reliable nutritional analysis services can assist pet food manufacturers in meeting these compliance standards.

Pet owners are becoming more discerning about the quality of the products they feed their pets. There is a growing demand for transparency in pet food labeling, with consumers seeking detailed information about the nutritional content of pet foods. Offering comprehensive nutritional analysis services can help pet food manufacturers build trust and loyalty among consumers. The pet food market is witnessing a trend towards customized and specialized diets catering to the specific needs of individual pets.

Nutritional analysis plays a crucial role in formulating these diets to meet the unique nutritional requirements of different pets, including those with allergies, sensitivities, or specific health conditions. Advances in analytical technologies contribute to more accurate and efficient nutritional analysis. Companies that stay abreast of these technological developments can offer cutting-edge services, attracting pet food manufacturers looking for reliable and advanced nutritional testing.

Pet Food Testing Market by Type

By Application

By application, the dog food sub-segment dominated the global pet food testing market share in 2022. Rapid advancements in dog food testing methods is driving the growth of this sub-segment. For instance, the use of spectroscopic and chromatography methods is increasing, allowing for more thorough and reliable study of dog food nutritional content. These technologies enable the identification and measurement of certain nutrients, guaranteeing that the food fulfills regulatory agencies' nutritional standards.

Furthermore, developments in mass spectrometry aid in the detection of pollutants at lower quantities, therefore improving the overall safety of dog food products. In addition, blockchain technology is transforming the pet food business by creating a transparent and immutable record of the whole supply chain. This system enables real-time tracking of materials from their origin to the finished product, lowering the risk of contamination and fraud at any stage. In addition, the dog food market is larger compared to cat food owing to the increase in the number of households adopting dog as their pet. Also, people perceive dogs to be less sensitive and more resilient to variations in their food compared to cats. This perception has led  to an increase in the demand for dog food testing in recent years.

Pet Food Testing Market by Application

By Pet Food Type

By pet food type, the dry sub-segment dominated the global market in 2022.  Dry pet food is more popular as it has a longer shelf-life, does not require refrigeration, it is easy to store, and has high nutritional content. Also, dry pet food comes at a lower price compared to wet pet food and snacks & treats.  This is because the production & packaging cost of dry food is lower which makes it a hassle-free option for pet food. In addition, to ensure the optimum dental health of your pets, dry food is a preferred choice, as chewing on dry kibble contributes to better dental health and can help in removing plaque & tartar from teeth of your pets.

Pet Food Testing Market by Pet Food Type

By Region

By region, North America dominated the global market in 2022. This is because the U.S. is one of the largest pet industries in the world, owing to which the demand of pet food as well as pet food testing is high. In addition, the U.S. has stringent regulatory standards for pet food testing to ensure the quality & safety of pet food products. Hence, to meet the stringent regulations, the pet food manufacturers and pet food testing facilities constantly strive to enhance their pet food testing services with rapid innovations & advancements. Thus, the increase in the demand for transparency & quality in pet food testing has encouraged pet food manufacturers in the North America region to invest in quality testing methods to meet consumer demand.

Pet Food Testing Market by Region

Competitive Landscape

The key players profiled in this report include AGROLAB GROUP, Intertek Group plc, SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA., Eurofins Scientific, Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation, Tentamus, Alex Stewart Agriculture, Bureau Veritas, Neogen Corporation, and Kemin Industries Inc. Business expansion, partnership, and acquisition are common strategies followed by major market players. For instance, in April 2023, Mérieux NutriSciences, a world leader in food safety, quality, and sustainability has acquired Viamed Technical Laboratory SpA., a laboratory specialized in the detection of drug residues and chemical contaminants in food for human and animal consumption.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Pet Food Testing Industry

  • The pet food testing market has faced severe challenges during the pandemic owing to laboratory closures, supply chain disruptions, and remote work challenges.

  • The pet food testing laboratories globally, were forced to operate at limited capacity due to social distancing norms and to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • The restrictions on non-essential activities and growing focus on the health & safety of people have disrupted the pet food testing procedures as well as the pet food manufacturing was delayed owing to the non-availability of raw materials and restrictions on the movement of goods and import-export.
  • In addition, the shift towards remote working has disrupted the testing & analysis of pet food, especially the ones that require on-site testing.

Key Benefits for Stakeholders

  • The report provides exclusive and comprehensive analysis of the global pet food testing market trends along with the pet food testing market forecast.
  • The report elucidates the pet food testing market opportunity along with key drivers, and restraints of the market. It is a compilation of detailed information, inputs from industry participants and industry experts across the value chain, and quantitative and qualitative assessment by industry analysts.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis helps analyze the potential of the buyers & suppliers and the competitive scenario of the market for strategy building.
  • The report entailing the pet food testing market analysis maps the qualitative sway of various pet food testing market opportunities across different segments and geographies. 
  • The data in this report aims on market dynamics, trends, and developments affecting the pet food testing market growth.

Pet Food Testing Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Market Size By 2032

USD 11.4 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.2%

Forecast period

2022 - 2032

Report Pages


By Type
  • Label Validation and Marketability Testing
  • Nutritional Analysis
    • Nutritional Analysis
      • Proximate Composition
      • Determination of Carbohydrate
      • Fatty Acid Profiling
      • Vitamins, Minerals and Other Trace Elements
  • Packaging Leak Detection
    • Packaging Leak Detection
      • Bubble Emission Method
      • Pressure Decay Method
      • Vacuum Decay Test
      • Dry Chamber Technique
      • Ultrasonic Measurement
  • Stability Study
  • Others
    • Others
      • Allergens Testing
      • Antibiotics Residues
      • Pesticides Residues
      • Heavy Metals
      • Mycotoxins
By Application
  • Dog Food
  • Cat Food
  • Others
By Pet Food Type
  • Dry
  • Wet
  • Snacks and Treats
    • Snacks and Treats
      • Semimoist
      • Biscuits
      • Jerky
      • Rawhide Products
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
Key Market Players

tentamus group gmbh, Intertek Group plc, mérieux nutrisciences - south africa, SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA., NSF, Kemin Industries, Inc., PET FOOD TEST LAB, Eurofins Scientific, Neogen Corporation, agrolab gmbh

Author Name(s) : Supriya Bhosale | Surya Sanka
Frequently Asked Questions?

Rise in pet ownership, increase in the demand for heathy & nutritious pet food are the major factors driving the market growth. Also, the introduction of blockchain technology in testing for quality assurance, authentication of pet food ingredients, and others is anticipated to generate excellent opportunities for pet food testing in the coming years.

The major growth strategies adopted by the pet food testing market players are partnership, business expansion, and product launch.

Europe is projected to provide more business opportunities for the global pet food testing market in the future.

AGROLAB GROUP, Intertek Group plc, SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA., Eurofins Scientific, Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation, Tentamus, Alex Stewart Agriculture, Bureau Veritas, Neogen Corporation, and Kemin Industries Inc. are the major players in the pet food testing market.

The dry sub-segment of the pet food type acquired the maximum share of the global pet food testing market in 2022.

The potential customers of the pet food testing industry are the pet owners as well as the pet food manufacturers.

The report provides an extensive qualitative and quantitative analysis of the current trends and future estimations of the global pet food testing market from 2022 to 2032 to determine the prevailing opportunities.

The use of pet food testing for dog food, cat food, and others is anticipated to drive the adoption of pet food testing.

The current trends such as microbiome testing, functional testing of ingredients, nutritional analysis, and other advanced analytical testing methods are anticipated to drive the demand for pet food testing in the upcoming years.

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Pet Food Testing Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023-2032