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Decatur location main producer of Meow Mix food

By Eric Fleischauer 340-2435

Cute commercials are great for the owners, but the cats are more interested in the food.

Del Monte Pet Products at 1200 Market St. N.E. in Decatur is the main production plant for Del Monte's Meow Mix dry cat food lines.

The plant has 140 full-time employees, said Plant Manager Bryan Pickett.

The plant's best-known product, of course, is Meow Mix.

Under that label, it produces Original, Indoor Formula, Hairball Control Formula, Seafood Medley and Kitten.

The plant also produces the dry foods Alley Cat Chicken & Tuna and Alley Cat Ocean Fish & Tuna.

Beginning in February, the Decatur plant branched into making dog food with the production of Gravy Train Beef and Gravy Train Chicken and Rice.

Praise for Decatur

Del Monte has two other plants that make Meow Mix, but the Decatur plant is its main producer.

Pickett said Del Monte has expansion plans for the Decatur plant, "but none that I can talk about yet."

Pickett, who held his position at the plant before Del Monte purchased it in 2006, said Decatur is an important ingredient in the plant's success.

"Decatur has been great for us," he said.

"Couldn't be better. We've been very happy here and hope to be here for a long time."

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