JustFoodForDogs, a California-based company and part of the fresh, whole-food movement for pets, is coming to Delaware.

JFFD opened its first dog kitchen eight years ago in California and is advancing its mission to provide pets a better quality of life, more years and more love through expansion in 2019.

The company, which currently operates more than 70 retail locations, including kitchens, pantries and store-in-store formats within California and provides their food for purchase online and through veterinarian offices, opens across the country in 2019. JustFoodforDogs has experienced a 400-percent increase in sales in the past three years, now serving more than 40 million meals annually.

The CEO of JustFoodForDogs, Carey Tischler, detailed plans to invest $2 million in a 21,000-square-foot kitchen in New Castle County. The company’s plans include employing up to 50 employees with an estimated payroll of $2.24 million. The first Delaware kitchen is expected to produce 30,000 pounds of food daily to be distributed direct-to-consumer via online sales, as well as to JFFD pantries throughout the U.S. The company requested a $170,000 performance-based grant at the Nov. 26 Council on Development Finance meeting.

“JustFoodForDogs continues on a rapid growth trajectory as more pet parents choose fresh, nutritious, whole-food over kibble,” said JustFoodForDogs CEO Carey Tischler. “Our expansion across the country requires an East Coast facility to support the demand of our customers and we are thrilled with everything Delaware has to offer. We are thankful for the collaboration from the Delaware Prosperity Partnership for making it so attractive to do business here. We look forward to becoming part of the business community.”

"JustFoodForDogs choosing Delaware reflects our state’s reputation for welcoming innovative businesses of all sizes, as well as Delaware’s solid experience and expertise in the food industry,” said Gov. John Carney. “We are proud to be the first East Coast kitchen and we’re excited that their presence will create new jobs in New Castle County.”

For more, visit justfoodfordogs.com.