Nestlé Australia has announced a $90 million upgrade to its Blayney site, which manufactures Nestlé Purina PetCare pet food. The announcement brings total investment to the site to almost $200 million in the past 10 years.
The upgrade will extend existing production areas and include installation of new equipment, allowing for increased production capacity and export growth.
Announcing the upgrade, Nestlé Blayney Factory Manager, Andrew Devlin said the investment was a reflection of Nestlé’s commitment to supporting local manufacturing.
“Nestle is committed to investing in continuous improvement of the Blayney site, and this investment also signals the continuous support for the broader Blayney community.
“The upgrade is estimated to take about 18 months, during which we estimate there will be 100 construction, installation and commissioning jobs here on site, with an estimated $10 million of civil works planned.
“When it’s completed, we will see an increase in the use of local ingredients as we ramp up production.”
Currently, more than 80 per cent of raw materials used at the Blayney factory are sourced locally, including meat and grains.
Mr Devlin continued, “Increased production capacity will also help us to boost our local and export volumes. More than $45 million of pet food left Blayney for export last year, including to Japan, New Zealand and Thailand.”
The Nestlé factory in Blayney began operations in 1989, and now features world-class facilities which manufacture brands such as Proplan, Supercoat, Felix, Fancy Feast and Purina One.
Nestlé Blayney employs more than 280 staff and supports more than 60 local businesses and contractors in western NSW.
While cat trends continue, the pandemic has added to overall slow-growth treatment of the cat food market.
Premiumization and humanization, as well as automation, fueled continued operation growth in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.