Pet food companies worldwide are actively investing in expanding both production capabilities and workforce. In South Africa, Montego Pet Nutrition allocated around R11 million (US$600,000) to install solar panels at its Graaff-Reinet factory, forming part of a larger R33 million initiative for renewable energy. Kallie Venter, the engineering manager, highlights the integration of solar energy plants for remote monitoring and real-time control.
Montego Pet Nutrition plans to extend photovoltaic systems to all production facilities, starting with the Centurion factory next year.
Similarly, Ukrainian pet food manufacturer Kormotech aims to boost production capabilities in Kėdainiai, Lithuania, with an investment exceeding €60 million (US$64.2 million) for four phases between 2025 and 2028. Adding 200 employees, Rostyslav Vovk, CEO, stresses Lithuania’s role as a reliable support system. Kormotech focuses on expanding into foreign markets such as the U.S., Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Moldova in 2023.
Meanwhile, Belgian pet food producer United Petfood plans to increase manufacturing at the Saint-Martin-des-Noyers plant in France’s Pays de la Loire region. The current 34,000-ton annual capacity for dry pet food is set to rise to approximately 75,000 tons post-expansion. United Petfood emphasizes directing a significant portion of the increased production, potentially up to 88%, to the French market.
In summary, these global pet food companies strategically invest in renewable energy adoption, expansive production initiatives, and workforce augmentation to meet rising demands and fortify market presence.