When PetDine, LLC, completes its move from a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing plant to a building more than 10 times that size, it will officially become the largest pet treat manufacturing facility in North America, according to Product Launchers.
The new 220,000-square-foot building is located in Harvard, Illinois, close to ingredient and transportation supply sources. The expansion comes only two years after owners Preston and Ken Munsch and Kurt Stricker acquired the 55-year-old company, including its exclusive formulas and proprietary technology.
PetDine is a full-service, private label co-packer for the pet industry, producing hundreds of lines of pet treats from over 200 high-quality ingredients, in formulations that are unique to each client. The new facility will carry several certifications, including SQF (Safe Quality Food) Level 3, the highest level of certification for a food (including human food) facility.
“Consumers today are more conscious about what they feed their pets than what they feed themselves,” Preston said. “When we acquired PetDine, we took an already excellent manufacturing process and made it even better.”
PetDine’s production process is distinctive in that, unlike most pet treat and kibble manufactures, PetDine uses no water, which can produce mold, and no heat, which can change the integrity, viability and structure of the food. The company’s products are free of corn, wheat, sugars, salts, excipients, binding or gumming agents and artificial colors, making them safer and healthier.
“We pride ourselves on our quality control from the time the ingredients get to our facility to the finished product. Every single product we produce goes through a full micro analysis test, performed by an independent, third party lab, testing for toxins,” Preston said. “This extensive process enables us to make the most highly functional and palatable pet products, assuring every chew that leaves our facility is of the highest quality.”
The Munschs and Stricker have a combined 100 years in the pet industry. Preston is a well-known expert in creating pet products. Kurt is a third-generation baker and sole proprietor of state-of-the-art manufacturer Pedigree Ovens. Munsch is an inductee of the American Feed Industry Hall of Fame.
“As a pet industry consultant and product developer for over 15 years, I knew the importance of owning and controlling manufacturing. In just two years of owning PetDine the results have exceeded our expectations. By leveraging capabilities, improving processes, tapping into our industry connections, and expanding our breadth of offerings to current customers, we are generating dozens of inbound leads per week,” Preston said. “The manufacturing world is getting smaller and smaller. It’s expensive to manufacture and expensive to earn certification. But our flexibility enables us to work with small or big companies. And we are pretty proud of what we’ve accomplished.”