Nestle Australia will invest $90 million in its Blayney site in Central West region of New South Wales, where it manufactures pet food.
The expansion takes the Swiss FMCG giant’s investment in Australia to almost $200 million during the past 10 years. It will see expansion in processing areas and purchasing new equipment to increase production and export growth.
“This investment signals the continuous support for the broader Blayney community, said Nestle Blayney factory manager, Andrew Devlin. “The upgrade is estimated to take about 18 months, during which we estimate there will be 100 construction, installation and commissioning jobs here on site, with an estimated $10 million of civil works planned. When it’s completed, we will see an increase in the use of local ingredients as we ramp up production,” he said.
Nestle says 80 per cent of the raw materials it uses at the plant are locally sourced, such as meat and grains. Besides local distribution, more than $45 million of pet food was exported from the plant last year, destined for Japan, New Zealand and Thailand.
The plant produces products under the Proplan, Supercoat, Felix, Fancy Feast and Purina One brands.