Mars Petcare Expanding Australian Facility

The company is investing $75 million in its Wodonga site to increase the production of single-serve pouches of cat food in response to growing demand.

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Mars Petcare Australia is spending $75 million to add 7,800 square meters of manufacturing space and two new production lines to its Wodonga manufacturing facility. Dedicated to the production of single-serve pet food pouches, the facility, following the expansion, will initially produce 290 million pouches of cat food on an annual basis.

Expected to be fully operational by mid-2025, the Wodonga manufacturing facility will help improve the process of sourcing and production of Mars Petcare’s offerings to meet growing pet food demand in Australia and New Zealand. The project reportedly has received financial support from Victoria state government’s Regional Development Victoria.

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“Our investment will support the development of a 7,800-square-meter manufacturing facility dedicated to the production of single-serve pouches,” says Mars Petcare Australia General Manager Craig Sargeant. “This really shows our commitment to bolstering our local operations by sourcing and making the most of our portfolio right here in Australia.

“This significant investment will allow us to respond to pet trends including the continued rise in cat ownership—growing at nearly 4% per year—more than twice as fast as our dog population. Thank you to our Associates who made this happen and continue to work on the project.”

“As pet ownership continues to increase, there are enormous opportunities for businesses like Mars to expand,” says Regional Development Victoria Minister Harriet Shing. “We are continuing to work with rural and regional producers to support investment in growth industries, to cement Mars Petcare’s long-term operations and workforce in Wodonga and its place in a strong market.”