Mars Petcare produces Pedigree, Whiskas, Advance, My Dog, Optimum, and Dine dry food products at the Bathurst site, which also fosters innovation across processes and packaging.
The new factory incorporates the latest in equipment, energy efficient building design, lean workflow principles, and the highest quality and food safety standards, which has direct implications for competitive, low carbon Australian manufacturing.
Reductions of 47 per cent in future energy intensity and 40 per cent in carbon intensity represent significant improvements on the base position.
Sylvia Burbery, GM of Mars Petcare Australia, said the business firmly believes in sourcing, manufacturing, and selling locally wherever possible.
“We are proud to build on our significant heritage and investment in Australian manufacturing and regional economies. From our first factory opening in 1966 in Wodonga (where our head office is still located) through to this new, world class dry pet food factory – we have a proud track record of regional investment in Australia,” Burbery said.
“Mars Petcare’s contribution to the local area is significant. We have invested $100 million in this facility, which will continue to directly employ approximately 150 local Associates. It is one of the largest investments ever made in the Bathurst community and is one of the most advanced and versatile dry factories in the Mars Global network.”
John Vickers, plant manager at the Bathurst factory, said the capabilities of the new facility will enable the production of the highest quality food while minimising the environmental impact.
“We are continually innovating new process technologies and ways of working that maximise productivity while minimising our environmental impact. Our knowledge and resources combined with this new world class facility mean we have the capability to contribute to industry innovation and demonstrate best practice manufacturing – ultimately helping to drive the industry forward and produce improved product,” said Vickers.