Adapted from a press release:
NutriSource Pet Foods, United States-based pet brands, announced the launch of a new wet pet food cannery inside the Tuffy’s Treats Company manufacturing facility in Delano, Minnesota, USA. The US$20 million, 45,000-square-foot expansion will create 45 full-time jobs and expand the company’s manufacturing capabilities of high-quality pet food products that already include kibble and treats.
The Green Globe certified facility features x-ray and can inspection equipment, a three-retort system for sterilization and the ability to produce up to 300 13-ounce, 5.5-ounce and 3-ounce steel or aluminum cans per minute. Annual production capacity is expected to top 65 million cans.
“Wet pet food manufacturing capacity in North America has struggled to keep up with the growing market demand for canned pet food,” said Mike Hamilton, director of commercialization at NutriSource Pet Foods. “Our investment in this new operation is a direct response to requests from distributors, retailers and customers who are seeking a more consistent and diverse supply of canned dog and cat foods. We are committed to our customers and excited to work with them to deliver more NutriSource products to our furry friends everywhere.”
The Tuffy’s Treats Company opened in 2020. The 174,000-square-foot facility features the safest environment for pet food safety, efficiency and flexibility. The plant meets or exceeds the stringent requirements of today’s pet food market using sustainable operations that reduce the plant’s environmental footprint and waste.
“NutriSource and Tuffy’s Treat Company have proven to be incredible additions to our community,” said Delano Mayor Dale Graunke. “We are thrilled they continue to view Delano as an exceptional place to live, work and do business. This expansion is welcome news to our beautiful city and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with such a forward-thinking, purpose driven company.”
Like all NutriSource products, the new wet food will be available at independent pet stores where the focus is on health and nutrition.