ST. LOUIS — Nestlé Purina PetCare on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Red Collar Pet Foods' Miami, Oklahoma, pet treats factory from Arbor Investments with an anticipated closing in March.
The addition of the Miami factory to Purina's North American production footprint will mark the 22nd Purina owned and operated facility nationwide and expand in-house capabilities for dog and cat treats innovation and production.
The Red Collar factory was carefully selected based on its current and future soft and meaty pet treats production capabilities and shared commitment to quality and safety. Purina has worked with the Red Collar team since 2022 to co-manufacture several soft chew pet treats under its Purina treats portfolio and Zuke's brands.
"We look forward to welcoming the Red Collar team to the Purina family and becoming part of the Miami community," said Nolan Terry, head of manufacturing for Nestlé Purina North America. "Working together, we can continue our shared legacy of operational excellence when it comes to the safety of our people and quality of our products."
For Red Collar, the sale underscores the quality of the Miami operations and team.
"The Miami, Oklahoma, plant has a long legacy of industry-leading safety and quality, from the knowledgeable people to the high-quality, safe treats they produce," said Jim Cohen, president and CEO of Red Collar Pet Foods. "We are pleased that Miami's expertise, operational excellence and dedicated associates will be a great fit for Nestlé Purina."
The acquisition comes during a period of record growth and capital investment for Purina. Two dry food factories are currently under construction in Eden, North Carolina, and Williamsburg Township, Ohio, which are expected to open in late 2023 and 2024, respectively. Between 2020-2025, Purina is investing more than $2 billion in factory expansions, new construction and acquisitions, creating more than 850 new jobs in the process.
"Continued innovation and expanded production capabilities are critical to help drive future growth in our treats business," said Andrea Faccio, chief growth officer at Purina. "The Red Collar team has the expertise to add tremendous value to Purina as we pursue new opportunities to feed and treat dogs and cats."
Following closing, Purina will begin transitioning factory operations to produce its current and future dog and cat treat products.