Nestle is investing over $73 million in its Bük, Hungary pet food factory, making the facility the company’s “largest and most important” pet food production center in Europe, the company announced Thursday in a press release.
The expansion of the factory, which currently produces canned pet food, will include two new production lines featuring four fillers and an automated multipack packaging unit. Nestle said it expects the upgrades to be fully operational by the end of 2017.
In addition to the investment in the existing facilities, Nestle plans on building a 5000 m production hall with an output capacity of 1.6 million products per day. 70 new positions will be created through the additions, brining the total number of workers at the factory to about 1000.
Twenty percent of the 1 million tons of pet food manufactured in Europe is produced in Hungary, the company said, and 90% of the products produced at the Bük factory are exported to other European countries.