Polish pet food producer ZM Lukow to open new wet plant

ZM Lukow’s prime pet food brand, Dolina Noteci, has been on the Polish pet food market since 2009, with much of the production exported to other markets.

Polish company ZM Lukow SA is planning to set up a new wet pet food production facility in Polanowo, in the country’s north-western region of Western Pomerania, where it already operates a plant.

The project is estimated to be worth about PLN 100 million (US$30 million), according to Magdalena Olowska, deputy director of sales and marketing at the company’s pet food subsidiary Dolina Noteci.

“The investment has been launched, and under the plan, it will be completed in January 2016,” Olowska said. “The plant will use the most modern technological solutions, and 50% of its output will be made with the use of renewable energy sources.”

The company says it specializes in premium wet pet food made with beef, poultry and other types of meat.

Olowska said that the company sells a considerable share of its output to foreign markets. ZM Lukow’s prime pet food brand, Dolina Noteci, has been present on the Polish pet food market since 2009. Some of the firm’s export destinations outside of the European Union include the US, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey and South Korea.

Poland’s pet food market increased 9% in 2014, with sales expected to expand by an additional 5% to a total of PLN2.3 billion (US$639 million) in 2015, according to data from market research firm Euromonitor International. With the local pet food market growing so quickly, European companies are looking to expand their production capacities in Poland.

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