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Row over selling puppies in pet shops rages on
£7m factory plan by Natures Menu would create 30 jobs
Pooch & Mutt selected to work with The Times and Not On The High Street founder Sophie Cornish
London Pet Show featured on The Apprentice last night
Beco Pets makes prime-time TV debut on The Apprentice
PATS Telford action can now be seen on video
Dates and venue fixed for AQUA 2017
New Pets at Home store opens in Lancashire
Hancock the superhero cat survives horror fall
Pet owners could see their insurance costs rise
Wheelchair tennis star agrees sponsorship deal with Pets Corner
Pet food brand IAMS issue fireworks advice
Bonfire Night Warning: Garden hedgehogs at risk
New small animal housing range launched by the makers of Rotastak
Radio Systems Corporation strengthens customer relations
Staff dress up as pet shop celebrates 40th birthday
Bethan gets a ‘Cani’ Gold in the Europeans
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£7m factory plan by Natures Menu would create 30 jobs

Natures Menu, the Norfolk-based pet food manufacturer, is planning to build a new 90,000 sq ft factory costing £7 million.

The new factory would be based at Snetterton, about nine miles from the natural pet food company’s current base at Watton, and would created 30 extra jobs.

The expansion plans coincide with the firm’s impressive financial performance which has seen a 27% increase in turnover for the year ending March 31.

Natures Menu business development director Peter Roy said a growth in the natural food market had helped the business achieve a 36% year-on-year sales growth so far this year.

He said the new factory, which would be built on a 10-acre site, was in the planning stages, and if permission was granted it would be completed next year to run alongside the firm’s Watton operation.

“The pet food business for cats and dogs is worth £2.3bn in the UK, so the demand is there,” said Peter. “There is huge growth potential.”

Peter added that growth in natural pet food was partly thanks to trends in the US, which had filtered into the UK market. The market was worth 28% of total pet food sales in the US, but just 13% in the UK, allowing room for a greater market share.

If the new factory is given planning approval, Natures Menu would become the fifth largest manufacturer of pet food in the UK.

The firm, which feeds 110,000 cats and dogs across Europe, was founded in 1981 and sources its ingredients from farmers across Norfolk.

It won business of the year at last year’s EDP Business Awards, and has also collected national pet awards for its strong performance over the past few years.

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