Three Ways to Win Pet Owners Over through Colour

According to Euromonitor, 2019’s Covid pandemic was a catalyst for an increase in the number of consumers buying and adopting new pets – especially dogs and cats, and current statistics show that over 60% of South Africans own at least one pet. It’s no longer a surprise that today’s consumers are wary of artificial ingredients like synthetic colours when it comes to the food and treats they give their four-legged family members. Natural positioning resonates better with most shoppers these days, and up to 74% admit they are more likely to purchase a brand that converts to colour from botanical sources according to Sensient’s 2018 H&W Survey. Consumers are additionally taking the time to scan ingredient lists on products for their furry family members. While natural ingredients like fruit and vegetable juices for colour can help win consumers over, what’s even more compelling for pet food developers are the results of Sensient’s recent consumer research concluding the correlation of colour to perceived positive health benefits in pet food.


1. Consumers associated superior nutritional quality with colour variety.


2. Brands looking to communicate different functionality claims should not underestimate the power of colour on consumer perception.

Multi-coloured dry pet food outscored brown kibble three to one in all of the wellness attributes tested.

how-to-win-second 3. Dry pet food containing multi-coloured bits and pieces was perceived as the most appealing. This consumer perception is most likely due to the healthy connection to pet superfood ingredients that are bold, bright colours. how-to-win-color
In 2021 South African consumers spent R7.1 billion on pet food and pet treats. There’s no question pet food is a viable market, and based on our research, the opportunity for colour in pet food is very clear and positively perceived by consumers. Colour from botanical sources is not only able to mimic the shades of superfood ingredients, but can also naturally align with clean label and simple ingredient positioning. For pet owners, nutrition is by far the most important to their pets’ overall well-being.

When these bold, bright colours are associated with great health benefits and superfoods, it’s easy to re-imagine kibbles and treats in a whole new way, especially in this booming market space.

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