Pet Food Maker NutriSource Launches $20M Expansion in Delano
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Pet Food Maker NutriSource Launches $20M Expansion in Delano

The company, owned by KLN Brands, has built its first wet food cannery to ramp up production and meet national demand.

Perham-based pet food company NutriSource is expanding its manufacturing footprint in Delano. On Wednesday, the company said it has built a $20 million, 45,000-square-foot wet food cannery inside the Tuffy’s Treats Co. manufacturing facility in the city, which lies about 30 miles west of Minneapolis.

KLN Brands, which owns both NutriSource and Tuffy’s, first announced plans to build the $60 million Delano facility in 2019.

NutriSource leaders hope the expansion at the Tuffy’s manufacturing plant will enable the company to meet a heightened demand for wet pet food. As is the case in several other industries, global supply chain issues have hindered production and shipment of canned pet food, according to the company.

The new facility has the capacity to produce up to 65 million cans of pet food a year.

“The U.S. pet food market increased by 13.6 percent from 2020 to 2021, fueled primarily by increases in pet ownership and America’s willingness to spend more on our pets to improve their health and wellbeing,” said Mike Hamilton, director of commercialization at Tuffy’s Pet Foods, in an email. “The growth of the wet food segment is consistent with the overall market growth.”

NutriSource sells its products to independent pet retailers. Today, its NutriSource products are available nationwide at more than 6,000 independent pet retail partners. With the new cannery, NutriSource leaders hope to provide retailers and contract manufacturing partners with an opportunity to grow their own wet pet food business.

NutriSource anticipates adding 45 new full-time jobs as a result of the expansion. The company currently employs 140 workers at the plant. The pet food maker did not receive any tax credits or incentives from the city of Delano for the expansion.

“NutriSource and Tuffy’s Treat Company have proven to be incredible additions to our community,” said Delano Mayor Dale Graunke in a statement. “We are thrilled they continue to view Delano as an exceptional place to live, work and do business.”

The Delano Tuffy’s plant is the company’s only wet food manufacturing facility.

Tuffy’s dry kibble production takes place at its Perham facility.