Butternut Box expands into new Doncaster facility

By Gwen Ridler

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Butternut Box has expanded into a new facility at Symmetry Park, Doncaster. Image: Tritax Symmetry
Butternut Box has expanded into a new facility at Symmetry Park, Doncaster. Image: Tritax Symmetry

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Fresh dog food manufacturer Butternut Box has expanded into a new 12,412m2 facility on the back of a recent £280m investment from new and existing investors.

The manufacturer has agreed to a 20-year lease on the site (unit three) at Symmetry Park, Doncaster from Tritax Symmetry and has extended its current lease on it’s the existing 14,065m2​ facility (unit one) by a further eight years to 20 years.

Butternut Box will use the facilities for the storage, fulfilment and distribution of its fresh dog food and treats.

Commenting on the deal, David Nolan ­– co-founder of Butternut Box – said: “In 2020, we took the bold decision to move our entire operation in-house with the option of committing to future expansion.

Confidence in Doncaster

“We’re excited to now be in a position to exercise that option. The 20-year lease and the regearing of the lease on our existing building demonstrates the confidence we have in Symmetry Park Doncaster as the best location for our business.”

The decision the lease the new site followed a successful investment round by the dog food manufacturer that saw it secure £280m from investors ­– General Atlantic and existing investor L Catterton.

Butternut Box planned to use this funding to accelerate the company’s leadership position across the fresh category in the pet food space through further European expansion, including the development of a new European manufacturing facility.

Second facility of its kind

The planned facility will be the second of its kind for Butternut Box after Rudie’s Kitchen, a fully integrated manufacturing and fulfilment facility that opened in March 2021, giving the company complete visibility and control over its emissions production.

“We’re thrilled about the ways in which this investment will allow us to continue to live out our mission,”​ added Nolan. “Everyone here is driven by a uniting purpose to deliver health and happiness to all dogs, everywhere. This investment will help us take the next leap forward in doing just that.”

Meanwhile, Radnor Hills has acquired Highland Spring Group’s Welsh production site.

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