Champion Petfoods, makers of Orijen and Acana dog and cat food brands, recently celebrated its new 421,000-square-foot NorthStar Kitchen in Acheson, Alberta, Canada, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
"Champion has successfully marketed great, Alberta-made products in the highly competitive international pet food market," said Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. "Their commitment to sourcing local ingredients, providing local jobs and supporting the local economy is outstanding."
The kitchen, which is expected to employ about 200 employees, will greatly enhance Champion’s capacity, officials said. The kitchen includes three dry food production lines and a full on-site distribution warehouse and logistics center. In addition, the kitchen was custom designed and fitted for safely handling multiple fresh and local ingredients, officials said.
"Like its ingredients, Champion is committed to sourcing the highest percentage of procurement of construction, equipment and services regionally which resulted in a construction material spend of 93 percent in Alberta and 97 percent in Canada with 375 construction jobs on site at peak of construction," officials said.
Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, said, "With the NorthStar Kitchen now complete and operational, Champion Petfoods is ready to take on new opportunities. Tremendous benefits will result from Champion’s presence in Alberta for many, many years to come. Our government looks to the future with confidence, optimism, and great anticipation of Champion Petfoods’ continued success."