Published in the Half-year financial report October 2019–March 2020.
Musti Group (Musti) operates in the Nordic pet care market, broadly defined as the sale of pet food, treats, products, services and veterinary care across Finland, Sweden and Norway. According to Euromonitor, the market is estimated to be worth approximately EUR 2.8 billion, with Sweden as the largest market, accounting for approximately EUR 1.2 billion, and Finland and Norway estimated to be similar in size, at approximately EUR 820 million and approximately EUR 790 million respectively.
The rise of “Pet Parenting” refers to the increasing tendency of people to treat their pets like family members. As a result of this trend, people are spending more on higher quality and more premium food, as well as a more diverse range of products and services. Musti believes it is able to continue its strong performance, as it is focused on the high-quality products and services the Pet Parents seek.
The pet care market is resilient, underpinned by non-discretionary purchasing behaviour. Non-discretionary categories such as food, cat litter and veterinary services make up approximately 76 per cent of total market spend and are characterised by repeat purchasing behaviour that is consistent through the cycle. Consumers display a willingness to sustain spending on pet care through economic downturns, preferring to cut expenditure on alternative spend categories.
Regarding the effects of the coronavirus, Musti believes that the trends driving the pet care market, such as the pet parenting megatrend and pet population growth, will remain robust also during and after the coronavirus pandemic. It has been proven that historically, the amount of puppy registrations has increased during economic downturns. This has been evident for example in Finland in the 1990s recession and during the financial crisis in 2008–2009.
Trends in the Nordic pet care market
*Source: Musti Group’s offering circular 31 January 2020