European Pet Food, Vegetable Firms Coming to U.S.

By Pan Demetrakakes, Senior Editor

Jan 28, 2019

A couple of European food processors have announced plans to establish facilities in the U.S.

Germany’s Saturn Petcare, the largest private-label pet food manufacturer in Europe, will spend $38 million to buy and adapt a plant in Terre Haute, Ind. The 350,000-square-foot facility will produce wet cat and dog food in aluminum trays starting in June 2020, employing up to 200.

Saturn Petcare, based in Bremen, announced its plan at a ceremony in which it unveiled a commemorative label dedicated to Henry, the miniature schnauzer belonging to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Meanwhile, Bonduelle Group, a French vegetable processor, is in negotiations to buy a frozen food packaging plant from Seneca Foods. The plant, in Lebanon, Pa., has seven packaging lines and was built in 2008.