31 acquisitions in pet food industry as of June 2018

Several involved pet food ingredient suppliers or human food companies expanding their position in the pet food industry.

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As of June 18, 2018, pet food companies and ingredient suppliers have announced at least 31 mergers and acquisitions. Several involved pet food ingredient suppliers or human food companies expanding their position in the pet food industry. Others have involved pet food brands expanding in veterinary services, moving into new regions or adopting advanced technologies.

Mergers and acquisitions in the pet food industry

1. Dutch IMCD acquires US pet food ingredient supplier, HORN

June 18, 2018

With a head office in La Mirada, California HORN represents suppliers and is primarily focused on the West and Southwest regions of the US.

2. Barkstrong may buy more natural pet food brands in 2018

June 14, 2018

Barkstrong is family owned and operated with its headquarters in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

3. Dane Creek Capital acquires Spring Meadows raw pet foods

June 13, 2018

Spring Meadows is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and sells its products via pet specialty retailers mainly in western Canada.

4. Barkstrong acquires Pioneer Naturals dog food

June 12, 2018

On May 29, California, USA-based Barkstrong announced its acquisition of Wild Calling! Pet Foods. On May 31, Great Life Pet Food announced its acquisition by Barkstong.

5. Mars buys UK veterinary services group Linnaeus

June 11, 2018

The sale of the veterinary services provider group to the pet food company is Sovereign’s largest ever and will generate Sovereign’s strongest ever gross return.

6. Mars Petcare acquires AniCura veterinary service provider

June 11, 2018

Mars Petcare announced that it has signed definitive agreements to acquire AniCura.

7. Barkstrong acquired Great Life Pet Food

June 1, 2018

Barkstrong announced the finalized acquisition on May 31.

8. Animal nutrition company acquires Fruitables Pet Foods

May 31, 2018

Manna Pro Products, a Missouri-based manufacturer and marketer of animal nutrition and care products, has purchased VetScience and their Fruitables brand of premium dog treats and food supplements.

9. Wild Calling! Pet Foods acquired after bankruptcy

May 29, 2018

Barkstrong announced the completion of its acquisition of Colorado-based Wild Calling! Pet Foods.

10. Dutch ingredient supplier acquires grain specialist

May 23, 2018 - Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients is acquiring all shares of Unicorn Grain Specialties.

11. Tyson to buy American Proteins, AMPRO Products assets

May 15, 2018

Subsidiaries of Tyson Foods have agreed to buy the poultry rendering and blending assets of American Proteins, and AMPRO Products, the companies announced.

12. Purina acquires majority of Tails.com custom dog food

May 14, 2018

Tails.com will operate as it has under co-foudner and CEO James Davidson.

13. ProAmpac acquires Gateway pet food packaging maker

May 14, 2018

Gateway is a pet food packaging manufacturer in North America.

14. Dane Creek acquires Naturawls raw pet food, treat maker

May 1, 2018

Dane Creek Capital Corp. (DCCC) acquired Naturawls Pet Products, a manufacturer of raw pet food and dehydrated pet treats for dogs and cats in Canada.

15. Nestle to acquire French pet owner media company

April 30, 2018

Wamiz's advertising activity and all of its other activities will continue to operate independently.

16. Private equity firm to acquire EU pet food company

April 26, 2018

Headquartered in Hungary, PPF is a pet food manufacturer with nine manufacturing operations across Europe.

17. Mars Petcare acquires canine DNA diagnostics company

April 15, 2018

Mars Petcare acquired OptiGen, LLC, a DNA diagnostics company specializing in canine inherited eye disorders.

18. United Petfood acquires Dutch pet treat producer

April 15, 2018

United Petfood, a Belgium-based producer of pet food, has acquired the Dutch pet treat company Animal Lovers.

19. C.J. Foods acquires Lortscher Animal Nutrition

April 11, 2018

Lortscher is based in Bern, Kansas, USA with additional locations in Seneca, Kansas and Brownwood, Texas.

20. Canadian Transcontinental Inc. acquires Coveris Americas

April 8, 2018

Transcontinental Inc, a Canada-based printer and supplier of flexible packaging in North America, has agreed to acquire Coveris Americas, a converter of flexible packaging and other value-added products in North America.

21. J.M. Smucker will acquire Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

April 4, 2018

The J. M. Smucker Company signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, LLC for approximately US$1.7 billion, after an estimated tax benefit of US$200 million.

22.Canadian packaging supplier acquires US supplier

March 12, 2018

Transcontinental Inc., a Canadian supplier of flexible packaging, has acquired Multifilm Packaging Corporation, a flexible packaging supplier located in Elgin, near Chicago, Illinois, employing over 70 people.

23. General Mills buys Blue Buffalo for US$8 billion

February 23, 2018

General Mills, Inc. and Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. entered into a definitive agreement under which General Mills will acquire Blue Buffalo for approximately US$8 billion, or US$40 per share in cash.

24. GPP and ING acquired dog and cat treat supplier Schlotus

February 16, 2018

Scholtus Group Holding B.V., a supplier of dog and cat treats in Europe, was acquired by Global Pet Products Holding (GPP), a investment firm active in the pet industry and ING Corporate lnvestments B.V., a 100 percent subsidiary of ING Bank N.V., reported GlobalPETS.

25. Danish Agro acquires Latvian pet food and agribusiness

January 25, 2018

Danish Agro’s subisdiary Baltic Agro Latvia has concluded a deal to acquire 60 percent of the shares in agribusiness company Tukuma Straume, which also produces pet food.

26. Mars acquires pet genetic testing company Genoscoper

January 22, 2018

On January 11, Mars Petcare announced their acquisition of Genoscoper Laboratories.

27. Kemin acquires Canadian animal feed distributor

January 10, 2018

Kemin Industries, a global ingredient supplier, has announced the creation of a Canadian division and will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on January 18, 2018, at its new location in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada.

28. Cargill acquires Pro-Pet private label pet food maker

January 2, 2018

Cargill has reached an agreement to acquire Pro-Pet, an Ohio-based manufacturer of private label and co-manufactured pet foods, including premium dog food brand Black Gold.

From Petfood Industry Quick Hits

29. Schenck Process has acquired Raymond Bartlett Snow, a manufacturer of size reduction, classification and thermal processing equipment.

30. Thompson Street Capital Partners portfolio company, Tropichem Research Labs, has acquired Quebec-based TetraGenx, an independent animal health contract development and manufacturing organization.

31. Central Garden & Pet Company is acquiring all the business assets of General Pet Supply, a US supplier of pet food and supplies.

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