Freshpet Breaks Ground on Second Kitchen
Freshpet officials and representatives of state, county and local government all took part in the groundbreaking ceremony of Freshpet's second kitchen in Bethlehem, Pa.
Freshpet Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony in late June for its second Freshpet Kitchen, which will be located in Bethlehem, Pa., on the campus where Freshpet’s current kitchen resides.
“The expansion of the Freshpet Kitchens campus reflects our commitment to continually improving the way we make Freshpet, and will help us achieve our goal of changing the way people feed their pets,” said Billy Cyr, CEO of Freshpet in Secaucus, N.J. “We believe our pets deserve fresh and natural food just like the other members of our family. This new Kitchen will significantly expand our capacity and enable us to satisfy more pets while simultaneously improving quality, cost and safety.”
The expanded Freshpet Kitchens campus will include the renovation of an existing 50,000 square-foot building on the campus, as well as the addition of an incremental 90,000 square feet to that building. Scheduled to begin operating in the third quarter of 2020, Freshpet estimates hiring around 100 team members by the time that production begins. The company will employ 100 additional team members when the kitchens are operating at full capacity, generating a total of 200 new job opportunities, according to company officials.
The new kitchen includes “numerous innovations” designed to improve the company’s impact on pets, people and the planet, an important part of Freshpet’s mission, said company officials. For example, the expanded kitchen is designed to further improve the quality of Freshpet foods. It will also offer significant safety enhancements to ensure that Freshpet team members continue to work in the best possible environment. Additionally, similar to the existing Freshpet Kitchen, the site will recycle all rainwater and will be powered by wind power credits, company officials added.
Freshpet, which recently committed to planting 28,000 trees this year, operates its kitchen at zero-waste-to-landfill and uses 100 percent wind energy, according to company officials. The new kitchen will follow suit in that sustainability effort, officials added.