Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Animal Food Production industry has grown over the past five years, despite fluctuations in the price of animal feed. Rising input costs were largely absorbed by industry operators, passed on to downstream producers or offset by rising global demand for meat. The industry was also bolstered by a steady increase in demand for pet food, brought on by an increase in pet ownership. Over the next five years, the industry is expected to grow alongside demand for animal feed and pet food. Rising disposable income will encourage more Canadians to purchase pets and pet food products. In particular, premium brands will benefit as consumers are better situated financially to pamper their pets... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The distribution of animal food production in Canada largely follows population patterns, favourable climate conditions for growing grains and the distribution of animal producers. Pet food producers tend to locate near or around heavily populated areas where there are likely to be household consumers with pets. Animal feed producers locate closer to livestock, poultry and pork growers in order to reduce transportation costs. They also situate in areas dominated by crop production, particularly of grains like corn, wheat and barley, which are widely used in feed production. This divides industry producers between two areas of the country; provinces with large metropolitan centres, such as Ontario and Quebec, and strong agricultural centres, such as Alberta.
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