Why pet food is having a design moment

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In the past two years alone, 3.2m UK homes found themselves adopting a pandemic pet, and that spike has shown no signs of abating, with Moonpig recently reporting that Valentine’s Day card sales for four-legged family members rose by 30% this year. The penny has finally dropped that we are almost as dependent on our pets as they are on us. And a canny new crop of pet brands is here for it.
The relationship between humankind and dogs has been traced back as far as 30,000 years, but hearing the buzzwords ‘petscaping’ or ‘carbon pawprint’ recently is a reminder that our co-evolution with our furry counterparts is just as influenced by the zeitgeist as anything else.

Lily's Kitchen dog food
Top: Doggo sporting technology from ilume brand; Above: Lily’s Kitchen branding

But aside from highlighting the troubling way we had disregarded our pet’s food, Lily’s Kitchen did something else revolutionary. Traditional brands had a stale mix of primary colour and panting-dog portraits. They highlighted ‘performance’ by using science-backed infographics, giving their branding an impersonal feel. But Lily’s Kitchen envisaged itself as a lifestyle brand designed with doggy personalities in mind.

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