Simmons Pet Food, a private label and contract manufacturer of pet food, plans to expands its production capacity, scheduled to come online in 2021.
The first phase of the current expansion plan includes the addition of a new wet pet food operation with 168 million units of canned production capacity. The operation is set to come online in July 2021 and will create up to 100 new jobs in the Arkansas region.
The next phase is a second addition of a new wet pet food operation with 240 million units of canned production capacity. This addition is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2021. To further advance the company’s long-term growth strategy, this new location will have the potential for future expansion.
In making the announcement, Scott Salmon, President of Simmons Pet Food stated, “We want to continue to grow with our customers and provide them with exceptional customer service and the superior product quality they have come to expect from Simmons. These expansion plans are a commitment to deliver on that promise.”
This latest slate of projects builds on a $100 million investment and growth plan that included the new Emporia Flex Plant in 2019 and a new high-speed can line at the Emporia Main Plant, which achieved full operation this month.
Salmon added, “Our vision is to be the most trusted partner in our industry for food that nourishes and delights pets. We lead with technical expertise with a world-class team focused on quality, safety, nutrition and formulation based on leading-edge consumer data and insights. We are excited this winning formula allows us to continue to grow and enable our customers’ success.”
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.