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Pet Food Manufacturer Opens 421,000-sq-ft Facility

January 23, 2020

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Pet Food Manufacturer Opens 421,000-sq-ft Facility
A digital rendering of the Champion Petfoods facility in Alberta. Image courtesy of Gray

Pet food manufacturer Champion Petfoods held a ribbon cutting event on Thursday to mark the opening of the new CAD$350 million (about $266 million) NorthStar Kitchen in Acheson, AB, local news organizations and trade publications reported. 

“The NorthStar Kitchen brings the world’s best pet food technology back to where our story began, right here in Alberta,” Blaine McPeak, chief executive officer of Champion, said in coverage by Pet Age. “Alberta’s world-class suppliers, skilled labor force, and friendly investment climate provides Champion with the opportunity to continue to invest and grow here at home.”\

The site contains a number of food safety-oriented food safety, including the use of pneumatic conveyors to move dry ingredients, strategic air pressure systems, and an automated flush cleaning system, the company told Pet Food Processing. 135 million kg of dry pet wood will be produced at the facility each year. 

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Construction firm Gray also installed several bulk ingredient silos at the NorthStar Kitchen facility made by Meridian Manufacturing that are capable of holding 80,000 kg of dry material. 

Champion started work on the Acheson site in 2017. The company opened its DogStar Kitchens facility in Auburn, KY in January 2016. 

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