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March 17, 2021

Mars to double capacity at US pet-food plant

US confectionery major Mars is to spend US$200m on expanding a pet food facility in its domestic market, it has announced.

By Leonie Barrie

US confectionery major Mars is to spend US$200m on expanding a pet food facility in Lebanon, Tennessee. 

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Mars plans to increase the production of products sold under dog and cat food brands Royal Canin and Eukanuba. The expansion will add more than 90 jobs and is scheduled for completion in 2022.  

With the investment, the facility will add more than 108,000 sq ft of new working space with five additional highly automated production lines, doubling the plant capacity.  

Cecile Coutens, regional president for Royal Canin, said: “We have experienced tremendous growth and the expansion at our Tennessee site confirms our commitment to meet the needs of  the growing number of pets we serve. We are industry leaders in pet health and we have a responsibility to our pets, our pet owners, our associates and the pet professionals and communities we serve. We are beyond excited about our investment in our Lebanon site.”

In January, Mars revealed plans to spend $145m to expand its pet food facility in Fort Smith in the US state of Arkansas. There are 14 Mars pet care sites in the US.

In the same month, it was reported Mars was planning to invest in pet-food manufacturing in China.

just-food commentary: What trends are shaping the US pet-food market?

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The food and grocery sector thrived during the pandemic, largely due to the shutdown of the food service industry and the sector’s subsequent necessity, panic-induced bulk purchasing, and spending more time at home. The market has grown as a result of inflation. Consumer unwillingness to go out and socialize, and the reopening of several hospitality facilities, helped maintain the demand for groceries, particularly online, in 2021. As consumer behavior changes, we consume more food and drink at home, and inflation increases basket sizes. GlobalData predicts that the sector will continue to hold a higher share than had been predicted prior to the pandemic. This is true despite the fact that the food and grocery sector's share of overall retail will decline from its peak in 2020. This report will discuss market forecasts and key themes in the global food & grocery industry in 2022 and beyond. It covers:
  • Market drivers and inhibitors
  • Five-year forecasts and the impact of COVID-19
  • The performance of the online channel versus offline
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