US – Purina PetCare, a subsidiary of swiss food conglomerate giant Nestlé has announced plans to invest US$550 million to expand its pet food manufacturing facility in Hartwell, Georgia.

The expansion which according to Purina will create up to 130 jobs comes just one year after the factory’s grand opening in November 2019.

Providing the rationale for the expansion, Nestlé said: “As a result of growing demand for Purina’s high-quality and nutritious pet care brands, the facility is expanding to add processing, packaging and warehouse capacity.”

Demand for pet food has been rising in the United States during the past years and was projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% from 2019 to 2025.

This growth has been associated with a rising trend of dog adoption as a companion for families across the United states.

With increased dog ownership, Americans have increased their spending on their favorite domestic animals.

According to American Pet Product Association, a cat or dog owner, on an average, spends between USD 200 and USD 300 dollar on pet food annually.

Based on these data, Grand View Research Inc projects that the global pet food market size is expected to reach USD 113.08 billion by 2025.

The great potential of the pet food industry attracted food manufacturing giants in the globe and Nestlé through its Purina brand is leading the way.

According to Nestlé, Purina brands feed 49 million dogs and 66 million cats in the U.S. every year with most of the company’s flagship brands, including Fancy Feast being produced in the Hartwell location.

Nestlé says the expansion in Hartwell is part of a broader growth plan for Purina in the United States, which also includes new factories recently announced in Williamsburg Township, Ohio, and Eden, North Carolina.

“Purina is excited to be building two new factories in the U.S. over the next few years. This growth is a testament to strong consumer demand for our high-quality nutrition that helps pets live longer, healthier lives,” said Nina Leigh Krueger, President, Purina.

While investing in its operations, Purina said it is committed to making pet care products in an environmentally responsible manner.

The company’s new operations will be designed with sustainability at the forefront, including a commitment to send zero waste for disposal, and production processes designed to recover and reuse heat and water.

 Purina also is striving to make the facility 100 percent powered by renewable electricity in the shortest practical timeframe, while supporting the company’s ambition for zero environmental impact in company operations by 2030. 

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