Nestlé has opened a new $144 million state-of-the-art Purina Petcare factory in Rayong, Thailand. The 1,010,430-sq-ft facility will produce wet, single-serve cat food products under Purina’s Purina One, Pro Plan, Felix, and Fancy Feast brands for the local Thai market and export to other international markets. An already existing Purina Petcare factory in Thailand currently produces dry dog and cat food.
The new facility includes environmentally friendly operations in line with Nestlé’s sustainability goals. “With the latest state-of-the-art equipment in the new factory, we continue to strive toward our sustainability commitments for a healthier planet for pets and people, including making all of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, the latest automation technologies to decarbonize our operations, and efficient energy savings,” says Giuseppe Pasqualini, regional business head of Nestlé Purina PetCare ASEAN.
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“Advanced technology at the new Purina factory includes a fully automated system that features a high-speed filling line with products handled by robots, automated guided vehicle (AGV) material handling, and high-speed robot multi packers that can each finish more than 720 packs per minute,” states Jean Grunenwald, chief executive officer of Nestlé Purina PetCare Asia, Oceania and Africa.
“The first country we are focusing on for exports is Japan, a major market very well known for its high standards and requirements for the best product quality,” adds Grunenwald. “Complying with exacting Japanese regulations and meeting the expectations of demanding Japanese consumers demonstrate the high quality of the products we make at the new Nestlé Purina PetCare factory. Exports to ASEAN and other key markets will quickly follow throughout the rest of the year.