Gambol Pet Group, based in Shandong Province, China, has launched a new American subsidiary, Gambol Pet USA. The new California corporation will produce “made in USA” pet treats using U.S.-sourced natural ingredients. Gambol Pet Group is a leading producer of high-quality pet food, and it is the largest provider of private-label pet treats for Walmart in the US and Canada.
Gambol Pet USA is headquartered at its newly-acquired, state-of-the-art production facility in Perris, California. The custom-designed 50,000-square-foot facility has been awarded GFSI, BRC and Organic certifications. With a world-class facility and cutting-edge technology for food processing, drying, extrusion and packaging, Gambol Pet USA can assure brand marketers and retailers their products will be produced with unparalleled quality, safety and production yield.
“Gambol Pet USA is an American company providing more new jobs for U.S. workers,” said Richard Allen, the company’s chief operating officer. “Our mission is to produce premium-quality pet treats that meet the market’s demand for safe, nutritious, wholesome products that are made in the USA with American-sourced ingredients.”
Earlier this year, U.S.-based global investment firm KKR made a private equity investment in Gambol Pet Group. The amount of the investment, made through KKR’s China Growth Fund, was not disclosed. Gambol is using KKR’s backing to expand its production capacity in key markets in North America, Europe and Asia. KKR is also providing its expertise in food production systems to bolster Gambol’s efforts in the areas of food safety and security.
“The goal of our partnership with KKR is to provide even greater pet nutrition solutions to customers around the world,” said Qin Hua, chairman and CEO of Gambol Pet Group. “The launch of Gambol Pet USA is a major milestone on the road to achieving that goal.”