Why should we fear a shortage of pet food on the shelves?

Are you going to have trouble finding kibble and food for your dog or cat in the coming weeks? It would seem so, and it could even cost a lot more, according to Les Échos. While more than one in two households owns a pet (mainly dogs and cats), the pet food sector is facing several issues that could cause a shortage of products on the shelves. And it’s not just small French companies that are affected, large groups like Mars – which owns the Pedigree, Sheba, Ronron, Royal Canin or Whiskas brands, as well as Nestlé, which notably lists Friskies, Gourmet, Felix or Purina – are in the same situation.

Problem, because of avian flu and swine fever in particular, meat production has fallen. However, the food that we give to pets is essentially (90%) composed of animal proteins. Even if specialists in the sector use little consumed parts such as offal, the observation is clear and the raw materials available have become scarce, notes the general delegate of the Federation of manufacturers of prepared foods for dogs, cats, birds and others. pets (Facco).

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Packaging, cereals, biofuels…

And who says shortage, says soaring prices, with for example a 42% surge on poultry, detail Les Échos. Producers also had to find alternatives for certain products, such as duck. And this has an effect on exports, since manufacturers who sourced 49% from France will now look for their raw materials much further away. But the cat food sector is also facing other pitfalls, such as soaring cereal prices, essential for the manufacture of kibble. But also biofuels. Why ? Because food producers use animal fats to “coat their croquettes”, as the director of a Breton SME explains.

However, these fats are in the sights of the biofuel sector and prices have been multiplied by three. It is also necessary to take into account the price of the packaging and the delivery times thereof. For a year and a half, the director of this Breton SME has estimated the overall increase in its costs between 30% and 50%. Result, it is the customers who toast since according to the firm NielsenIQ, animal products have jumped 13.26% in one year. And if some are tempted to take entry-level products, the deal is the same: they have flamed even more (more than 15%), and above all, they are not always to the taste of your favorite little animals!

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