Executives for pet food manufacturer Alphia may be looking to sell the company for more than US$1 billion, reported Reuters citing an anonymous source. Alphia is working with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group to explore this potential sale. However, the source stated that no deal is certain.
Alphia is a portfolio company of J. H. Whitney Capital Partners, a Connecticut, USA-based private-equity firm, according to Petfood Industry’s Top Companies Current Data. Alphia works with pet food brands as a co-manufacturer and retailers looking to develop, revise or expand their pet food brands. Alphia can produce dry dog and cat food, dog treats, canned dog and cat food and pet bird food. It has the capacity to manufacture more than 1 billion pounds of pet food and treats annually. The company also includes subsidiaries LANI (formerly Lortscher’s Animal Nutrition) and Veracity Logistics.
Alphia, a custom manufacturer of superpremium pet food based in the United States., resulted from the 2020 merger of C.J. Foods and American Nutrition. The combined company employs approximately 800 people. Alphia makes a portfolio of pet food and treats. The company has a national footprint of 10 locations across 6 states. The company manufactures more than one billion pounds of dry, canned and baked pet food and treats annually.
J. H. Whitney Capital Partners (JHW) has owned C.J. Foods since 2014 and acquired Lortscher's Animal Nutrition (now LANI) in 2018. JHW has invested in more than 400 companies since formation and currently manages approximately US$1.0 billion in private capital. JHW remains privately owned by its investing professionals and focused on three primary sectors: consumer, healthcare and specialty manufacturing.
The name Alphia refers to terminology coined in 1947 by Rudolph Schenkel, who observed unrelated, captive grey wolves. Schenkel designated dominant wolves as alpha, and lower ranking animals as beta or gamma. However, scientists later noted that the violence-based hierarchy observed in the captive wolves rarely plays out in nature, where wolves tend to form dens with family members and violence is rare. Similar to Homo sapiens, the breeding pair tend to be the dominant individuals within the family, so more mom and pop than Mussolini and Pol Pot.
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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 regenerative agriculture, along with other projects.
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