Published in the Financial Statements Release October 2021 – September 2022
Musti Group 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. The market was estimated to be worth approximately EUR 3.4 billion (in 2021), with Sweden as the largest market, accounting for approximately EUR 1.4 billion, Finland approximately EUR 1.0 billion and Norway approximately EUR 1.0 billion.
Pet Parenting refers to the 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. This underlying trend that drives the long-term structural growth of the pet care market remains robust, shifting spend towards higher quality nutrition, a more diverse range of accessories and wider adoption of services.
The pet care market was positively affected by the Covid pandemic over 2020 and 2021, mainly through increased adoption of puppies and kittens and to some extent higher spending on discretionary categories, such as accessories. Puppy adoption rates began normalizing from these peak levels over 2022, while still above long-term averages. The pandemic period resulted in a step-up of Nordic pet ownership rates which increases the addressable market size for future years as the pandemic gains are expected to have a long tail effect.
The pet care market is resilient, underpinned by non-discretionary purchasing behavior. Non-discretionary categories such as food, cat litter and veterinary services make up approximately 75% of total market spend and are characterized by repeat purchasing behavior that is consistent through the cycle. Consumers display willingness to sustain spending on non-discretionary pet care purchases even while expenditure on alternative categories has been affected.