The Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) held in June was noteworthy for the pet industry, specifically for pet food manufacturers in Russia. Two Russian pet food companies announced significant capacity increases, three announced plans to build new factories, and another announced the purchase of premises and plans to launch production by this fall.\r\n\r\nLast year at the SPIEF, the governor of the Lipetsk region, Igor Artamonov, and the CEO of PetExpert, Dmitry Tsypin, agreed to build a factory for the production of dog and cat food. A 10,000 square meter factory is being erected in the Lipetsk special economic zone in the Yelets district. Investments will amount to 1.1 billion RRub (Euro 10.8 mln). The new plant will create at least 70 jobs. Production will be launched in Q1 2024. An agreement has been signed with Yelets State University to train staff for the factory, and personnel recruitment is underway.\r\n\r\nThis year, the number of pet industry investment projects revealed at the forum has significantly increased. Two Russian pet food factories will be built in the Lipetsk region. RussianPetFood LLC will build a factory on an area of 6,000 square meters, investing 2 billion RRub (Euro 19.7 mln). It will create 100 jobs. The agreement to build the factory was signed by the regional governor, Igor Artamonov, and the company's CEO, Ekaterina Leonova. The enterprise will open in 2025.\r\n\r\nAnother factory for the production of pet and aquaculture food will be built on a 2-hectare site in the Yelets district. It will be 1,800 square meters and will create 25 jobs. The project's investment volume is 500 million RRub (Euro 4.9 mln), with an expected capacity of up to 20,000 tons per year. The enterprise will start at the end of 2023. The agreement was signed by the deputy governor of the Lipetsk region, Sergey Kurbatov, and the co-founder of Biotech, Alexander Chil-Akopov.\r\n\r\nThe governor of the Tambov region, Maxim Egorov, and the CEO of Lemniskata JSC (owned by the Vietnamese company Viet-Nga), Roman Vorobyov, signed an agreement to launch a pet food factory in Russia. The investment is estimated at 1 billion RRub (Euro 9.8 mln). The company purchased ready-made premises where it will carry out repairs and install equipment. The launch of the enterprise is scheduled for September 2023. Initially, they will produce economy and premium-class cat food, and dog food manufacture will be launched in 2024. The factory will operate around the clock. The staff will gradually increase from 200 to 500 people.\r\n\r\nRUSKORMGROUP will build a pet food factory in the Ryazan Industrial Park over the next three years. An agreement on this was signed by the CEO of the Ryazan Region Development Corporation, Vyacheslav Nesin, and the company founder, Maxim Sergan. This marks another milestone for pet food manufacturers in Russia.\r\n\r\nThe agreement to build the second phase of the Fava pet food factory was signed by the governor of the Leningrad region, Alexander Drozdenko, and the beneficiary of Fava LLC, Oleg Korchagin. The company will invest 775 million RRub (Euro 7.6 mln) in the project. The factory's capacity will exceed 18,000 tons per year, providing employment for 150 people. The enterprise is planned to open at the end of 2025. The production capacity of the existing factory is 14,000 tons of pet food per year.\r\n\r\nAPK Miratorg signed an agreement with the Kursk region for its pet food enterprise reconstruction. A total of 3.2 billion RRub (Euro 31.5 mln) will be put in the modernization. Afterwards, the company will increase the wet pet food manufacture in Russia from 13,000 to 36,000 tons per year. Currently, the factory produces 46,000 tons of dry and wet products annually. The reconstruction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2024. These developments signal further growth in the sphere of pet food manufacturers in Russia.