LOGANSPORT, IN. — Consumer demand has undoubtedly led to a rise in expansions for several pet food and treat processors. The latest company in the industry to expand its capacity is Foppers Gourmet Pet Treat Bakery, which has seen rapid capacity growth over the last two years.
According to the company, it shipped out 3.1 million units in 2021, doubling its capacity from 2020, and this year the company anticipates it will ship out 6.5 million units. With new private label contracts and a new treat flavor, Foppers has more than doubled its capacity for 2022.
To keep up with demand, the company has invested in its production facility in Logansport with new equipment and processing lines.
“We just keep growing,” said Emily Gillam, head of sales at Foppers. “We landed a very large private label account, which has meant re-configuring our processing layouts. We have doubled our ovens, mixers, and packaging lines. We look forward to this opportunity, and what our new capacity means for the future.”
The capacity expansion is also due to the addition of a new flavor to Foppers’ existing limited-ingredient product range. The company has added a Cheese flavor to its main Mini Bones product, which is currently available at Dollar Tree stores. The new Cheese Mini Bones are formulated with four ingredients.
“Our Peanut Mini Bones have been a core shape in our product line since we started in 2004,” said Michelle Leffert, chief executive officer of Foppers. “It only made sense to extend the product into a new flavor.”
Through this rapid growth, the pet treat company remains committed to producing high-quality US made products, which includes sourcing its ingredients and packaging from North American suppliers.