Purina continues as strong suit for Nestle

Nestleā€™s recent sales of petcare products under the Purina nameĀ rose at more thanĀ double the rate of food and beverage sales, according to reports.

Nestle's recent sales of pet care products under the Purina name rose at more than double the rate of food and beverage sales,  according to reports .

The company's pet care sales have increased by 8.8% this year, compared to food and beverages growth at 3.5%.

Del Monte's petfood profits also have risen 20%. Industry experts forecast petfood sales will increase an average of 2.5% each year through 2014, compared to 1.1% for packaged food.

Nestle plans to bring new petfood plants to Russia and Thailand.

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