Mars Petcare has announced the opening of its fourth production plant in Mexico. The billion-peso plant is located in Querétaro and will offer 500 direct jobs and 1,500 indirect jobs over the next two years.
Mars Petcare produces pet food brands including Royal Canine, Pedigree and Whiskas.
General director of Mars Petcare Mexico along with the governor of Querétaro, Francisco Domínguez say construction of the plant began in 2016 and will begin operations in early July of this year.
“The opening of our new factory represents another step toward our vision of building a better world for pets. On the one hand it helps us to continue offering the best products to our consumers, strengthening our leadership in the category of pet food in Mexico while continuing to promote a culture of responsible health and care for dogs and cats,” said Nigyar Makhmudova, Global President of Mars Petcare.
Mars first arrived in Querétaro in 1995 and later built a second and third plant in Jalisco.
Pedigree Petfoods is a subsidiary of the American group Mars. The company also makes chocolates, snacks and other products for Earth’s consumers as well as global brands M&M’s, Snickers and the Mars bar.
Other confections include 3 Musketeers, Dove, Milky Way, Skittles, and Twix. Its products portfolio also includes Seeds of Change organic food, the Klix and Flavia beverage systems, Combos and Kudos snacks, Uncle Ben’s rice, and pet food made under the Pedigree, Sheba, and Whiskas labels.
Mars also owns the world’s largest chewing gum maker, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.