USA – Nestlé Purina, the pet food manufacturing division of Nestlé, has announced a major investment in its Clinton pet food factory, in which the company will be investing US$140 million to expand the facility’s production capacity.

While the global pet food market is gaining traction and is projected to reach US$113.08 billion by 2025, as per a new report by Grand View Research, Nestlé Purina said that the expansion facility will allow Purina to meet a growing demand from pet foods.

The company plans to add new processing and packaging lines for the production of “dry,” or kibble-based, pet foods that is expected to add more than 60 new positions at the site, which currently employs 360 people.

“This announcement represents a significant expansion in jobs and infrastructure for rural Iowa,” said Governor Kim Reynolds.

“Opportunity lives here, and we are working every day to make Iowa a beacon of economic prosperity. I want to congratulate Purina for 90 years of continued growth and success here in the Hawkeye state.”   

Purina is one of the largest dry dog and cat food maker in the United States. Purina’s dry dog food business has grown seven percent in the past year, which according to the company is twice the rate of the category overall.

With a total investment of US$140 million in this expansion by 2023, Purina’s Clinton factory will significantly increase the production of company’s network of 21 factories across the United States.

Purina’s Clinton site is a hub for innovation and design of new products, in addition to producing flagship brands including Purina ONE and Purina Pro Plan, both of which are experiencing double digit growth.

“Pet owners have trusted Purina for over 90 years, and demand for Purina products is strong and continues to grow,” said John Bear, Vice President of Manufacturing, Purina.

“Purina is proud to produce high quality products for dogs and cats at our Clinton factory. This expansion reflects an investment in our local operations and our commitment to continue delivering innovative and highly nutritious pet foods.”

In 2019, Purina invested more than $500 million into its factories across the United States for projects that help grow and sustain the business, including a new US$320 million pet factory in Hartwell, Georgia.