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NutriSource Plans $20M Manufacturing Expansion

45 full-time jobs will be created.

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NutriSource has launched a wet food cannery inside the Tuffy’s Treats Co. manufacturing facility in Delano, MN.

The $20 million, 45,000- square-foot expansion will create 45 full-time jobs, according to a press release.

The Green Globe Certified facility features cutting edge x-ray and can inspection equipment, a 3-retort system for sterilization and the ability to produce up to 300 13oz, 5.5oz and 3 oz steel or aluminum cans per minute. Annual production capacity is expected to top 65 million cans.

“Wet pet food manufacturing capacity in North America has struggled to keep up with the growing market demand for canned pet food,” said Mike Hamilton, director of commercialization at NutriSource Pet Foods. “Our investment in this new operation is a direct response to requests from distributors, retailers & customers who are seeking a more consistent and diverse supply of canned dog and cat foods. We are committed to our customers and excited to work with them to deliver more NutriSource products to our furry friends everywhere.”

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The Tuffy’s Treats Company opened in 2020. The ultramodern 174,000 sq. ft. facility features the safest environment for pet food safety, efficiency and flexibility. The plant meets or exceeds the stringent requirements of today’s pet food market using sustainable operations that reduce the plant’s environmental footprint and waste.

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“NutriSource and Tuffy’s Treat Company have proven to be incredible additions to our community,” said Delano Mayor Dale Graunke. “We are thrilled they continue to view Delano as an exceptional place to live, work and do business. This expansion is welcome news to our beautiful city and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with such a forward-thinking, purpose driven company.”

Like all NutriSource products, the new wet food will be available at independent pet stores where the focus is on health and nutrition. Neighborhood stores are better suited to help pet parents make the best choices for pets, and their passion for the well-being of pets mirrors NutriSource’s passion for local business.

About NutriSource Pet Foods
NutriSource Pet Foods is a third-generation family owned company based in Perham, MN. All NutriSource kibble is made by Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. who has specialized in the manufacturing of pet food and treats since 1964. NutriSource has a long history of investing in the health and well-being of pets throughout the world. Today, NutriSource® offers over 110 different dog and cat food products across their four lines of NutriSource, NutriSource PureVita, NutriSource Element Series and NutriSource Choice. Their product offerings include kibble, wet, treats and toppers. For more information, visit https://nutrisourcepetfoods.com/. Follow on Facebook and Instagram.

About KLN Enterprises, Inc. dba KLN Family Brands
A third-generation family-owned company, KLN Family Brands is headquartered in Perham, MN and is comprised of Tuffy’s Pet Foods and Tuffy’s Treat Company, manufacturers of NutriSource and Kenny’s Candy & Confections. Tuffy’s has been proudly producing quality pet foods since 1964. Kenny’s Candy & Confections, established in 2015, produces great snack brands that include Wiley Wallaby and Sweet Chaos. For more information on KLN Family Brands please visit http://www.klnfamilybrands.com.

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