Freeze-Dried Pet Food Co-Man Petsource Completes $75 Million Expansion

Feb. 19, 2024
The company’s plant in Seward, Neb., has tripled its production capacity just a few years after its grand opening.

Petsource, a contract manufacturer of freeze-dried pet foods, announced the completion of a $75 million expansion to its Seward, Neb., processing plant — a facility that just opened in 2020. Petsource is an indirect, wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of Scoular, an Omaha, Neb.-based, $10 billion-plus agribusiness that provides grain and ingredients to numerous industries.

The expansion triples the capacity of the plant, according to a release from the company, adding 70,000 sq. ft. of processing space as demand for freeze-dried products in pet foods continues to rise. The expansion created 75 new jobs, bringing the total workforce at the Seward facility to more than 150 employees.

The Seward facility was one of the first in the nation to provide co-man customers with everything from recipe development to raw meat processing, freeze-drying and packaging under one roof when it opened in 2020, the release noted. This expansion is part of a larger strategic plan by Scoular to grow along with the rest of the pet food industry.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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