Premium dog treat producer Hillside Farms will open a new US facility in southern California. The factory will feature state-of-the-art automation in processing, production and packaging operations, according to the company.

"We're thrilled to be expanding our production capabilities here in the US and southern California," said Steve King, vice president of sales and marketing. "As a pet-passionate team, we're always looking for ways to better serve our customers and their four-legged family members. This new facility will allow us to expand the availability of our wholesome, lean meat treats throughout North America."

The new facilities will also mark the launch of a new line of jerky treats for the company, American Authentics. Made with lean, US-grown chicken, the treats are high in protein while being low in fat and low in calories, said Hillside Farms.