Pet Food Expertise

The Trusted Leader in Pet Food Manufacturing Solutions.


The pet food processing market is rapidly growing, dynamic, and complex. Pet lovers and their pets have transformed the industry demanding products with variety, quality, taste profile, and functionality like human foods. Further, their expectations change rapidly, requiring constant innovation by processors to keep pace, build customer loyalty and grow.


As the leader in solutions’ services for the global pet food industry, Gray helps major manufacturers and start-up companies alike meet the challenges of their pet food consumers. Our integrated team of equipment manufacturers, engineers, automation specialists, facility designers, and construction experts work with pet food companies from across the world to solve the most sophisticated problems and realize the boldest initiatives.

"What stood out to us was Gray’s overall capability of handling multiple disciplines of the project."
Dwight Howdeshell, Director of Production Engineering

Nestlé Purina North America

Gray’s dedicated, pet-focused team operates with deliberate cohesiveness to deliver scalable solutions, from process improvement to plant design and construction. As your partner, we leverage our advanced equipment manufacturing, engineering, and construction teams to optimize safety, productivity, flexibility, and quality that ensures your ability to innovate and respond rapidly to changing consumer demands.


Unmatched Pet Food Experience:

  • Gray has executed over $2.5 billion in pet food projects over past 5 years.
  • 1,000,000+ metric tons of pet food and treats are produced annually on systems designed/installed by Gray.
  • 20+ protein grinding/mixing systems have been designed and/or installed by Gray.
  • Gray engineers have designed/installed pet food systems for wet, high-meat (40-50% inclusion +) kibble, freeze dried, dehydrated, and frozen products.
  • Gray has direct experience with testing, specifying and selection efforts for Retort, HPP, UV, and temperature-based pasteurization/preservation systems.
  • 1,000+ metric tons of raw materials, including frozen or fresh meat, for pet food production exist in Gray’s designed production staging spaces on any given day.
  • 1,200 metric tons of finished pet food products are stored in on-site production warehouse space built by Gray any given day.


Connect with Gray for your turnkey or discrete service needs today.

"With the rapidly evolving pet food market, we focus on building a world-class team of experts ranging from food safety specialists to facility designers and equipment engineers. Trained in the latest regulatory requirements and technological advancements, these teams become a trusted advisor to our pet food customers very early in the product development process. "
Tyler Cundiff, President, Food & Beverage Group, Gray, Inc.


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  • Architecture


    Sustainable Design

  • Feasibility Studies


    Incentive Coordination

    Land Acquisition

    Construction Financing

    Build-to-Suit/Sale Leaseback

  • Automation & Controls

    Production-First IT



  • Process & Packaging Systems Engineering

    Civil/Building Engineering

    Mechanical/Electrical Engineering

  • Fabrication

    Skid Systems


  • Master Planning

    Front-end Services

    Strategy Consulting

"We see them interacting with other companies and other customers, we see their involvement in the community, and I think that further solidifies that we made a great decision and that we have a partner that we can work with into the future."
Frank Burdzy, Former President & CEO

Champion Petfoods

Gray Endorsed Brands

Gray’s robust Food & Beverage capabilities are enhanced with specialized skill sets from our family of brands.


InLine Engineers, a Gray company, provides engineering, process improvement, and planning services for Food & Beverage leaders. In 2018, InLine joined the Gray family to complement its Food & Beverage offering. As a Gray company, we help customers transform their operations to maximize their ROI.


Spec Engineering, a Gray company, delivers process engineering services for customers in the food, grain, minerals, chemicals, and pharma industries. In 2019, Spec joined the Gray family of brands to complement its process engineering services. As a Gray company, we continue to offer comprehensive expertise tailored to each customer’s scope, schedule, and budget.



Formed in 2018, Gray Solutions, a Gray company, is a leader in automation and process integration for customers in Food & Beverage. As a part of the Gray family of brands, we creatively address customer challenges in projects small to large. Whether you need a simple modification or a new facility, our services will increase efficiencies in your system through the power of data and information technology.



Founded in the 1940s primarily as a commercial and residential heating and air conditioning company, Anderson Dahlen Inc., a Gray company, has grown into a world-renowned leader for specialty equipment and stainless steel fabrication services in the Food & Beverage, Industrial, and Pharmaceutical markets.

Meet the Team

Gray has a deep bench of leaders with the experience to advise on your most complex challenges.

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