Freshpet announces plans for new Innovation Kitchen in Bethlehem, Pa.

Freshpet is planning to construct a new state-of-the-art Innovation Kitchen in Pennsylvania near its existing Freshpet Kitchens Campus in Hanover Township in the Lehigh Valley, according to a Tuesday announcement.

The 99,000-square-foot facility is slated to open during the second half of 2023 and will house some of the company’s new manufacturing operations capable of producing innovative new products, company officials said.

Secaucus-based Freshpet has secured a lease with J.G. Petrucci Co., a full-service design/build specialist and developer with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. J.G. Petrucci’s subsidiary, Iron Hill Construction Management, will construct the shell and interior fit-out for Freshpet.

“This is an exciting project for our company as we accommodate an existing tenant’s growth in the Lehigh Valley and build a space that will lead to such new, innovative products for Freshpet,” says Joe Petrucci, project executive at J.G. Petrucci Co. “Iron Hill is moving full steam ahead and coordinating closely with Freshpet team. We can’t wait to get this project started.”

“Freshpet’s commitment to constant innovation and providing our pets the highest-quality fresh, nutritious, real food is unwavering. This new Innovation Kitchen is yet another step in our evolution and will focus solely on our new manufacturing technologies and product innovations to help propel our business forward and build upon the industry leadership position that we hold today,” Billy Cyr, Freshpet’s CEO, said.