The global animal food market is poised to register moderate growth between 2016 and 2018. The growth of the market is spurred on by the increasing consciousness among individuals pertaining to the health and wellness of their pets. Pet owners around the world have become more aware about the significance of pet nutrition, which has significantly propelled the animal food market in the last couple of years. Meanwhile, rising disposable income of people living in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific is also expected to boost the demand for animal food during the forecast period. Impelled by factors such as changing lifestyle, surge in urbanization, growing preference for nuclear families, and changing perception among consumers pertaining to animal health, the global animal food market is likely to grow significantly during the forecast period. However, manufacturers might have to address certain regulatory issues and take the necessary steps to reduce the chances of their products triggering side effects in pets, to ensure a sustainable growth of the global animal food market in the future. The major players in the market include Artemis Company, Annamaet PetFoods, Active Life Pet Products, Azmira Holistic Animal Care, Arkat Nutrition, Bell Rock Growers, Inc., Breeder's Choice Pet Foods, Inc., Blue Seal Feeds, Inc., Beowulf Natural Feeds, Inc., BilJac Foods, Inc., LLC., Bench & Field Pet Foods, BalanceDiet, Cloud Star Corporation, Chenango Valley Pet Foods, Inc., Chomp, Inc., Newman's Own Organic, Nutro Products, Inc., and others.
Meeting animal nutritional requirements is extremely important in maintaining acceptable performance of neonatal, growing, finishing and breeding animals. From a practical standpoint, an optimal nutritional program should ensure adequate intakes of amino acids, carbohydrates, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins by animals through a supplementation program that corrects deficiencies in basal diets. Additionally, dietary supplementation with certain nutrients can regulate gene expression and key metabolic pathways to improve fertility, pregnancy outcome, immune function, neonatal survival and growth, feed efficiency, and meat quality. Overall, the proper balance of protein, energy, vitamins and all nutritionally important minerals in diets is needed to make a successful nutrition program that is both productive and economical. Both fundamental and applied research are required to meet this goal.
- Nutrition, metabolism and physiology
- Comparative nutrition
- Regulation of feed intake in livestock
- Feed mill management and feed formulation
- Applications of therapeutic nutrition
- Nutritional disorders
- Evaluation of feeds using invitro fermentation
- Commercial pet foods