The Pet Food Industry
The pet food industry has been around for many decades, and has moved through most of the stages of the international product life cycles already. The processes involved in producing pet food have become more and more standardized. There is no need for high-skilled labor or high-technology machinery in the process of manufacturing. As the international product life cycle suggests, the origins of the pet food industry are in advanced countries, mainly the United States of America. Contradictory to the international product life cycle, manufacturing of pet food has been slow to spread to other advanced countries and rather developed strongly in the USA. Manufacturing facilities do exist in European countries and elsewhere, but for a product that has reached maturity long ago the manufacturing network has not expanded as suggested by the international product life cycle. This is especially true with regard to the relocation of manufacturing to low-wage countries, of which few examples can be found, and even these are of very recent nature. Taken this into consideration we see a large potential value for Nestle Purina to expand manufacturing to developing nations. In this report we will lay out the benefits of choosing Vietnam as the location for a manufacturing facility. If you choose to manufacture in Vietnam, you would be the first to move pet food into the third stage of the international product life cycle, taking advantage of lower production costs. Such a move could prove vital in Nestle Purina’s quest to win back recently lost market share.
Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia and shares boarders with Cambodia in the south-west, Laos in the west and China in the north. This location would make it a good candidate for the production of pet food for the relatively small Asian market, but your company has already set up a production facility in Tianjin, China to serve this market. For the proposed factory in Vietnam, we...
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