Adapted from a press release
Perdue Farms plans to invest over US$27 million to renovate a former food processing facility in Shelby, Michigan, USA. The project is driven by substantial growth in Perdue Foods pet treat division with products manufactured under the company’s Spot Farms and Full Moon brands, which are distributed in both the U.S. and Canada. Perdue Farms is a fourth-generation, family-owned, U.S. food and agriculture company based in Salisbury, Maryland, USA.
Perdue received a US$100,000 grant to create 99 new jobs while supporting Michigan’s agricultural industry and Michigan-based companies. With this production expansion, the company is excited by the opportunity to source agricultural ingredients like apples, cherries and other fruits from Michigan growers.
“As people are increasingly seeking cleaner labels in what they feed their pets, this new production facility will play a key role in the continued growth of our human-grade pet treat brands,” said Ryan Perdue, vice president and general manager of Perdue’s pet business. “The central location of this facility in Michigan will help us drive efficiencies in our supply chain, improve freight costs, enable access to a strong local workforce, and allow for multiple phases of expansion within the property’s existing footprint. Importantly, the project grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will help support the creation of nearly 100 new jobs to the area, and we commend their efforts to incentivize agricultural and manufacturing expansion in the state.”
Along with pet treats, Perdue Farms is the parent company of poultry integrator Perdue Foods and its sister company Perdue AgriBusiness, according to WATT Poultry’s Top Companies directory. Perdue Farms is a family-owned company that has become one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S.
Perdue Foods is a family-owned, vertically integrated poultry company based in Salisbury, Maryland. It was founded in 1920 as a family business and expanded into one of the country’s top chicken and turkey operations. Perdue Foods is an operating division of Perdue Farms, along with Perdue AgriBusiness. Perdue produces chicken for retailers and foodservice customers around the world. It is a leader in all-vegetarian-fed and no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey, pork and USDA-certified organic chickens.
Tim Wall covers the dog, cat and other pet food industries as senior reporter for WATT Global Media. His work has appeared in Live Science, Discovery News, Scientific American, Honduras Weekly, Global Journalist and other outlets. He holds a journalism master's degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a bachelor's degree in biology.
Wall served in the Peace Corps in Honduras from 2005 to 2007, where he coordinated with the town government of Moroceli to organize a municipal trash collection system, taught environmental science, translated for medical brigades and facilitated sustainable agriculture, along with other projects.
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