Tyrone firm launches natural pet food range into South Korea
A COUNTY Tyrone pet food firm has got its products on the shelves in South Korea - its first foray into the Asian market.
Mackle Petfoods, which employs 200 staff at its Moy and Moygashel production sites, will sell its award-winning Naturo range after entering a partnership with pet care giant Pet 3L.
The family-owned firm (it was founded in Co Armagh in 1972) has identified the rapidly expanding pet care market in the Far East as the next significant opportunity for the Naturo brand.
A meeting last year with Pet 3L’s agent at global pet industry trade event Interzoo led to a trip to its headquarters in Seoul, and orders totalling almost £70,000 have now been placed for Naturo.
Mackle Petfoods’ key account manager Sinead Cotter said: “Naturo is already shipped to 13 countries worldwide, so the team is well versed in some of the regulations involved in export.
“When we visited Seoul, we had great synergy with the Pet 3L team who were keen to get our product onto shelves as soon as possible to keep up with customer demand for healthy, natural petfood.
“But before we could fulfil an order, Naturo had to pass various stringent regulations and all packaging had to be translated for the market, so the entire process from initial discussions to product landing on shelves, took around six months.”
She added: “Our research revealed that while pet owners have only started feeding specialist petfood in the past 15 years, modern South Koreans are prepared to invest in premium natural product which supports the health and wellbeing of their pets. So developing this partnership with Pet 3L is hugely beneficial for Naturo and we are now the only petfood brand from Europe available in South Korea.”
The Mackle Petfoods brand range includes Cat Club, Brandy, natural petfood Naturo and premium natural dog food range Naturo Chef’s Section, with new lines recently introduced in 380 Morrisons stores UK wide and Tesco due to launch its dry food range into stores in January.