VEVEY, SWITZERLAND — Nestlé Purina PetCare announced April 1 plans to invest additional funds in its pet food processing operations in China. The company will contribute 230 million yuan ($35.1 million USD) to expand dry and wet pet food production.

The company first announced the facility expansion in May 2020, investing 730 million yuan ($111 million USD) at the time to facilitate a two-phase improvement to its pet food plant in Tianjin. Funding will support smart storage facilities, manufacturing capabilities and logistics, according to the company.

"The Chinese market has shown increasingly strong demand for high-quality pet food in terms of raw materials, nutrition and taste," said Mirand Chan, head of Greater China for Nestlé Purina PetCare.

In May 2020, Nestlé pledged the equivalent of $103.2 million USD to facility expansions in China, one being its Tianjin pet food facility and the other being a plant-based product facility in the region.

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