Fresh dog food company coming to Delaware

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JustFoodForDogs (JFFD), a California-based company is coming to Delaware.

JFFD opened their first dog kitchen eight years ago in California

The company – which currently operates more than 70 retail locations, including kitchens, pantries and store-in-store formats within California, as well as providing food for purchase online and through veterinarian offices – is expanding nationwide in 2019.

JustFoodforDogs has experienced a 400 percent increase in sales in the past three years, now serving more than 40 million meals annually.

The CEO of JustFoodForDogs, Carey Tischler announced the company will spend $2 million in a 21,000 square foot kitchen in New Castle County. The location is 200 Center Point Blvd, New Castle.

The company’s plans include employing up to 50 employees with an estimated payroll of $2.24M. The first Delaware kitchen is expected to produce 30,000 pounds of food daily to be distributed direct-to-consumer via online sales, as well as to JFFD pantries throughout the United States.

The company is seeking a $170,000 performance-based grant.

“JustFoodForDogs continues on a rapid growth trajectory as more pet parents choose fresh, nutritious, whole-food over kibble,” Tischler, CEO of JustFoodForDogs. “Our expansion across the country requires an East Coast facility to support the demand of our customers and we are thrilled with everything Delaware has to offer.We are thankful for the collaboration from the Delaware Prosperity Partnership for making it so attractive to do business here. We look forward to becoming part of the business community.”

“JustFoodForDogs choosing Delaware reflects our state’s reputation for welcoming innovative businesses of all sizes, as well as Delaware’s solid experience and expertise in the food industry,” said Gov. John Carney. “We are proud to be the first East Coast kitchen and we’re excited that their presence will create new jobs in New Castle County.”

JustFoodForDogs is headquartered in Irvine, CA.

JFFD plans to unveil kitchens in flagship retail locations, including New York City, Seattle, Boston and elsewhere, as well as open pantries offering the company’s pet food and supplements in hundreds of locations nationwide over the next several years.

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