18/05/2021 – 18:49
Mars will invest 28 million euros this year in its Arévalo plant to expand its production of pet food, which will go from the current 26,000 tons to 50,000 in 2024. With this investment, about 40 jobs will be created.
The Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Dialogue of Castilla y León, David Martín and the general director of Industry Alberto Burgos accompanied by the mayor of Arévalo, Francisco León Gómez, visited the Mars Iberia pet food production plant in the municipality to learn from its director, Luis Tobías, the growth plans that the company has for its factory in Avila.
Mars will invest 28 million euros in the plant this year to expand its production, which will pass from the current 26,000 tons to 50,000 until 2024. With this investment, Mars will create close to 40 direct jobs and will continue to rely on local suppliers to source raw materials.
The new production line will be installed in mid-2022, when it is expected to start working initially, reaching full performance in 2024. The company also maintains open the possibility of continuing to expand the Arévalo factory with a second and a third phase that are currently under study and that would mean the creation of more jobs.
The authorities have been able to learn from the Director of the plant the production processes of the factory, which is a benchmark of the multinational in Europe. Likewise, the future plans of the plant and the measures adopted to guarantee the safety and health of both employees and collaborators during the pandemic, as well as the efforts made in recent years in terms of sustainability and commitment to the environment.
The Deputy Minister of Employment, David Martín, has highlighted “the importance of supporting and strengthening the investments of companies such as Mars, rooted in industrial areas of rural areas, which also stand out as leading companies in R + D + i and that generate quality jobs that contribute to curbing depopulation and creating wealth in the towns, diversifying the productive fabric “.
For his part, Luis Tobías, director of the Mars Iberia Multisales plant in Arévalo highlighted that with this investment “our plant is consolidated as one of the group’s reference factories in Europe, which will allow us to double our production capacity and adapt to the most demanding quality and sustainability standards “.
Present in Arévalo since 1999, last year it produced a total of 26,000 tons of wet pet food, which went to more than 20 countries, including Spain. Currently the plant directly employs approximately 150 people and its raw material comes from numerous local suppliers. It currently produces food for the Pedigree, Whiskas and Perfect Fit brands.
In recent years, the Mars Iberia plant in Arévalo has made a significant adaptation effort and, apart from being zero waste, 100% of the energy it consumes comes from renewable energy sources. This strategy is part of Mars’ global plan, Sustainability in a Generation, which has a $ 1 billion investment to drive a transformative change in sustainability that involves its entire supply chain.
With this and other measures, Mars has managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 31% (GHG) in its direct operations since 2015, which is equivalent to more than half a million tons of carbon, with the goal of becoming neutral in its direct operations by 2040.