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Nestlé Purina unveils $90m expansion of Blayney factory

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Australia’s largest food manufacturer Nestlé today unveiled a $90 million upgrade to its Blayney site which will significantly expand Nestlé Purina PetCare pet food production.

With the last two years seeing more people adopting pets, the Purina factory is now set to meet growing demand for wet cat food thanks to newly installed state of the art high speed manufacturing technology.

As well, the Purina team has expanded to meet the increased demand, with 20 new jobs created on site, maanufacturing brands such as Felix, Fancy Feast, Pro Plan and Purina One.

Nestlé Blayney factory manager Charlene De Wit said the new facility was testament to Nestlé’s commitment to local manufacturing and support for the Central West community of NSW.

De Wit said: “Our expanded facilities will allow us to scale up production of single serve wet cat food by over 120 per cent – as well as the dry cat and dog food we already produce.”

The opening brings Nestlé’s total investment in the factory to more than $200 million over the past 10 years, as the business has increased production and developed new capabilities.

The wet cat food facility, opened in late 2014, was developed to create premium products, with the latest investment facilitating export to New Zealand, Thailand and Japan.

More than 85 per cent of raw materials used at the Nestlé Blayney factory will be sourced locally, including meats and grains.

The Nestlé factory in Blayney began operations in 1989, and now employs more than 300 people and supports more than 60 local businesses and contractors in western NSW.

Picture: Nestlé

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