Gambol Pet Group, based in Shandong Province, China, has launched a new North American subsidiary, Gambol Pet USA. The California corporation will produce “Made in USA” pet treats using US-sourced ingredients. Gambol Pet Group is a pet food producer that provides private-label pet treats for Walmart in the US and Canada.
Gambol Pet USA is headquartered at a production facility in Perris, California. The facility has been awarded GFSI, BRC and Organic certifications.
“Gambol Pet USA is an American company providing more new jobs for US workers,” said Richard Allen, the company’s chief operating officer, in a press release. “Our mission is to produce premium-quality pet treats that meet the market’s demand for safe, nutritious, wholesome products that are made in the USA with American-sourced ingredients.”
Gambol serves a worldwide customer base, including US and Canada Walmart, but Gambol Pet USA is the company’s first manufacturing venture in North America.
Earlier this year, US-based global investment firm, KKR, made a private equity investment in Gambol Pet Group. The amount of the investment, made through KKR’s China Growth Fund, was not disclosed. Gambol is using KKR’s backing to expand its production capacity in key markets in North America, Europe and Asia. KKR is also providing its expertise in food production systems to bolster Gambol’s efforts in the areas of food safety and security.
“The goal of our partnership with KKR is to provide even greater pet nutrition solutions to customers around the world,” said Qin Hua, chairman and CEO of Gambol Pet Group, in a press release. “The launch of Gambol Pet USA is a major milestone on the road to achieving that goal.”
Gambol and KKR partnered in an effort to expand Gambol’s production capacity in key markets including China, Thailand, countries in Europe, and the US, where it is currently the largest private-label provider of pet treats to Walmart, according to KKR.
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