Wilsons Pet Food acquires new factory in Drongan, East Ayrshire

Wilsons Pet Foods, one of the UK’s longest-established producers of dry dog food, is set for further expansion with the acquisition of Dunbia’s meat processing plant at Drongan, East Ayrshire.

Wilsons managing director Craig Wallace

Over the years, our business has grown, we have been operating out of two separate units in Perthshire but rapid growth, fuelled partly by Covid and online sales, necessitated the move to larger premises. The photograph shows Managing Director Craig Wallace alongside Head of Operations Kamil Skrzeszowski at the multi-million-pound facility at Drongan.

“The extensive chilled production areas, cold and ambient stores, plus packaging and storage sections are ideal for our ambitious future plans. The total site extends to almost three acres, and we can now operate with greater efficiency in a superbly maintained 25,000 sq.ft building." 

Raw frozen dog food has been a popular buy for several years now, but Wilsons have noticed a sizeable uptick in cold pressed which is manufactured at a much lower temperature to traditional kibble to preserve nutritional value. Three separate income streams have been established by Wilsons - retail, branded own label, and online sales - with the latter witnessing stellar month-on-month increases.

Our cold pressed dog food will continue to be manufactured at a factory near Blairgowrie, and all production of raw frozen will switch to Drongan. We have been committed to improving the local economy, providing jobs for ten new starts so far.