Nestlé has invested A$90 million to upgrade its Purina PetCare pet food manufacturing factory.
It brings Nestlé’s investment in the factory to more than A$200 million over the past 10 years.
New high-speed production to meet rising demand from pet owners
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen pet adoptions rise, leading to increased demand for pet food. Nestlé has installed new high-speed manufacturing technology as part of the upgrade. It will allow Nestlé to increase production of single-serve wet cat food by over 120%. It will also allow the company to increase production of dry cat and dog food.
Nestlé will make brands such as Felix, Fancy Feast, Pro Plan and Purina One at the factory.
The expansion will position Nestlé Purina as an important regional supplier. The company will export wet and dry pet food to New Zealand, Thailand and Japan.
Supporting the local community
The new facility is testament to Nestlé’s commitment to local manufacturing and support for the regional community.
The facility is in Blayney in New South Wales. It employs more than 300 people and supports over 60 businesses and contractors in western NSW. Nestle created 20 new jobs as part of the upgrade.
Nestlé will also use a large quantity of local ingredients to make the pet food. The company will source more than 85% of raw materials locally, including meats and grains.
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