Earlier in 2023, Mars Petcare announced the opening of its R&D center, called APAC Pet Center, in the Asia Pacific region.
In February, the company has celebrated an opening ceremony welcoming Somchuan Ratanamungklanon, DVM, director-general of the Department of Livestock Development at the Ministry of Agriculture; Thawatchai Srithong, Governor of Chon Buri; and M.L. Narudee Kashemsant, president of the Veterinary Practitioners Association of Thailand (VPAT), as guests of honor. Director of R&D Asia at Mars Petcare Thailand, Jaruk Srikiatden, led the festivity.
The center is located at AMATA’s City Chonburi Industrial Park in Thailand. As to the Thai Pet Food Trade Association (TPFA), Thailand was third largest pet food exporter worlwide in 2021 with an export value of 65 billion baht ($1.7 billion USD).
“The establishment of the Asia Pacific Pet Food R&D Center in Thailand proves to the world the potential of the pet food business in Thailand as one of the world’s top exporters of animal feed products,” Ratanamungklanon stated.
The facility covers an area of 3,630 square meters (39,072 square feet) and features an automated pet food center. Furthermore, it has received LEED Gold certification and uses circular economy principles. The center will offer product testing as well as development capabilities plus providing a platform for exchanging knowledge.
“The launch of the state-of-the-art APAC Pet Center, including veterinarians as co-developers, demonstrates Thailand’s potential to develop the pet food industry; it will create a reputation for Thai veterinarians to be internationally recognized and will help grow the veterinary profession in Thailand,” Narudee Kashemsant commented.