Adapted from a press release:
United Petfood, international producer of dog and cat food, acquired dry dog and cat food production facilities of Cargill in Krzepice, Poland and Karcag, Hungary.
The two sites produce dry pet food for cats and dogs. Cargill retains ownership of its pet food brands and will continue to provide a portfolio of its branded products.
According to Cargill, “United Petfood, which has extensive operational experience in the production of pet food, combined with its commitment and investment in people, is well suited to the future that this business requires”.
With the additional production plants in Poland and Hungary, United Petfood Group operates now out of 21 pet food facilities situated in 9 different European countries. The takeover is in line with the strategy of United Petfood to reinforce and grow the business.
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. They are active in 70 countries worldwide.
United Petfood specializes in private labeling dry pet food, wet pet food, treats and snacks, according to Petfood Industry’s Top Companies Current Data. Annual revenue in 2021 reached US$800,000,000. The Belgian family business operates 30 pet food manufacturing facilities in eight countries and sells in more than 80 countries worldwide.
In addition to plants in Belgium, Spain, Romania and Italy, the group also has five production facilities in France, two in Poland, three in the UK and five in The Netherlands, according to a press release from the company. United Petfood currently realizes an annual turnover in excess of US$850 million.
Tim Wall covers the dog, cat and other pet food industries as a senior reporter for WATT Global Media. His work has appeared in Scientific American, Live Science, Discovery News, Honduras Weekly, Global Journalist and other outlets. He holds an M.A. in journalism and an M.S. in natural resources, both from the University of Missouri - Columbia, along with a bachelor's degree in biology.
Wall served in the Peace Corps in Honduras from 2005 to 2007, where he coordinated with the town government of Moroceli to organize a municipal trash collection system, taught environmental science, translated for medical brigades and facilitated sustainable agriculture, along with other projects.
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