Nestlé creates 100 jobs at pet food factory

Nestlé Australia has completed a$65m upgrade of its Purina
PetCare factory in Blayney and created 100 new full time jobs for the town in
the central west of NSW.

The company has invested nearly $100 million in the facility
since 2011.

The new facility will produce more than 100,000 tonnes of
wet pet food each year, which will be sold in pouches in Australia and exported
to countries such as Japan, China and ASEAN markets.

More than 80 per cent of raw materials used at the factory
are sourced domestically, including meat, grains and packaging, with a strong
focus on buying ingredients from within the local region.

The latest upgrade, which has taken almost two years to
complete, includes the installation of world-class production equipment, a
5,400 square metre warehouse, and an upgrade to the Research and Development
facility.

As The Central Western Daily points out, the new positions will
be added to the factory’s current workforce of 200.

The news comes at a good time for the region, which is feeling
the effects of job losses at several manufacturing companies, such as Simplot
and Downer EDI in Bathurst, and Electrolux in Orange.

The upgraded facility was unveiled by Federal Member for
Calare, John Cobb.

“To have the world’s biggest food company make this kind of
investment into Blayney reinforces the economic stability of Calare and NSW –
it shows that we are ready and willing to do business to help create jobs and
security for our people,” Mr Cobb said.

“We are extremely pleased that Nestlé Purina PetCare has
decided to make its Blayney factory one of the most technologically advanced
among its many manufacturing sites globally – we are very encouraged by the
ongoing investment that the company is making in this region,” he said.

According to the ABC, Nestlé Purina’s President for the
African, Asian, Middle East and Oceania region, Rafael Lopez said the plant
will help boost Australia’s international competitiveness.

“I’m very proud that Nestle is committed to investments
in Australia in order to improve the competitiveness of this country and our
operational group here.

The news comes at a good time for the region, which is
feeling the effects of job losses at several manufacturing companies, such as Simplot
and Downer EDI in Bathurst, and Electrolux in Orange.