Dog food com­pany serves up 500 jobs with new fac­tory

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - By Oliver Gill

AN UP­MAR­KET dog food com­pany backed by the for­mer boss of Sky Bet is cre­at­ing up to 500 new jobs with the open­ing of a new fac­tory near Don­caster in South York­shire.

But­ter­nut Box, whose chair­man is Richard Flint, is tar­get­ing the bur­geon­ing pre­mium pet food mar­ket.

Co-founder Dave Nolan is hop­ing to fol­low in the foot­steps of Lily’s Kitchen, which was sold to food gi­ant Nestlé Pu­rina in a deal worth more than £100m.

Un­like Lily’s Kitchen, how­ever, But­ter­nut Box sells di­rect to cus­tomers on­line rather than in shops. But­ter­nut Box was founded al­most five years ago af­ter Mr Nolan was forced to make his own dog food af­ter off-the-shelf brands left his pooch with “chronic flat­u­lence”.

The firm, which em­ploys around 85 peo­ple, has al­ready se­cured £40m from ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists in­clud­ing L Cat­ter­ton. Mr Nolan said the pan­demic had not damp­ened de­mand among Bri­tons to look af­ter their dogs. Sales were 50pc higher in the first half of 2020 com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year.

But­ter­nut Box se­cured £40m in fund­ing and said sales had soared de­spite the pan­demic

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