Del Monte To Expand Pet Food Plant In Topeka, Purina Expands In Arizona

Meow MixDel Monte Corp. announced that it plans to spend $26 million to construct a distribution center next to its pet food plant in North Topeka, Kansas.

The 427,000-square-foot distribution center will serve pet food manufacturing operations in Topeka, Lawrence, Buffalo, NY, Bloomsburg, PA, and Decatur, AL.

The Topeka plant produces various products including Meow Mix, 9Lives, Meaty Bone, Snausages dog snacks, Nature’s Recipe dog food and Pounce cat treats.

Construction will begin on the center in spring and should be completed in about 10 to 12 months.

Chris Koerber, Del Monte plant manager in Topeka, said pet food sales for Del Monte have been increasing about 10 percent a year. He added that Del Monte is always introducing new products.

In other pet food industry related news, Purina will also be expanding. Their Flagstaff, Arizona pet food plant will go through a 91,000 square foot warehouse expansion that will begin in January.

The plant manager said production will increase by 20% after the expansion and the facility will better serve customers in Western states and meet added demand.

Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal, AllAboutFeed

(Thanks Irene and Menusux)

5 Responses to “Del Monte To Expand Pet Food Plant In Topeka, Purina Expands In Arizona”

  1. Nora and Rufus says:

    All those Cat and Dog treats, made with animal by-products, gluten, dyes, BAD chemicals. YUC!!!!! BLAH! Puke.

  2. Pukanuba says:

    How sad to hear they are expanding……

  3. Jenny Bark says:

    I agree it’s garbage food & also sad to see them growing. People don’t cook for themselves anymore so why learn how to cook for their pets. I use to go out to eat all the time too & use fast easy food too. Now that I am in the habit of cooking again for us & our babies we are all eating better & like it a lot. We now spend more time around the table & enjoying each other more which imo makes up for the time cooking. My husband, dogs & cat are very happy & I can cook in my nightgown instead of getting dressed up if I want. Sometimes my husband cooks too.

    Imo they are still putting out bad food. Imo pets & people are still getting sick & the food is doing long time damage. Imo they are still getting lots of ingredents from China. Imo it is only a matter of time before more & more recalls for people & pets and doctors start talking about long term damage & it’s too late to do anything about it.

    I am going to continue home cooking for ALL of my family as my little way of trying to protect them & keep them happy. We will see if they continue to make the gain in $ they think they are going to continue to make. Right now all these cities are offering them everything to expand or build.

  4. Katie says:

    Since Petco and Petsmart aren’t doing well, and corporate earnings aren’t quite what stockholders expected…it will be interesting to see how the expansions go. Maybe they are planning on sending the food overseas……

    I now home cook and will continue to do so. From what I’ve seen on the dog lists - more people are home cooking or turning to holistic food with known American growers and suppliers. Something PFI will never understand.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Rather see them expanding here than in China. At least there is a physical location to inspect after the deaths mount to a level the FDA cannot ignore. Crap ingredients. Crap food. I won’t buy it.

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