As of late October 2018, pet food companies, equipment manufacturers and ingredient suppliers have announced at least 44 mergers and acquisitions. While the latter part of the year hasn’t seen the same mega-acquisitions of earlier in the year, pet food industry businesses still continue to expand their positions or enter new territory. Several mergers and acquisitions involved vertical integration as pet food companies or suppliers purchased other businesses involved in the supply chain. Other business moves saw pet food companies moving into sectors outside consumables.
Mergers and acquisitions in the pet food industry
October 10, 2018 - The transaction creates one of the leading global providers of air pollution and noise control technologies offering companies from all industries a broad range of solutions for tightening emissions regulations worldwide.
October 10, 2018 - Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. has acquired the technology and related assets of the Vetrax wearable sensor technology from its developer AgLogica Holdings, Inc.
October 9, 2018 - Darling Ingredients Inc. is continuing to invest in the pet food industry as it announced, on Oct. 5, the acquisition of most of the assets of Triple – T Foods Arkansas Inc.
October 2, 2018 - Wilbur-Ellis Feed L.L.C., an industry leader in the international marketing and distribution of nutrients for the livestock, pet food and aquaculture industries, has acquired the assets of Ameri-Pac Inc., a family-owned, value-added manufacturing business focused on animal health and nutrition specialty products for pet food, companion animals, livestock and aquaculture industries.
October 1, 2018 - The Schenck Process Group continues its growth: Schenck Process announced on Sept. 28 the acquisition of Process Components Ltd and its subsidiaries.
September 19, 2018 - Mars Petcare US, Inc. ("Mars Petcare") and Arbor Investments (together with its affiliates, "Arbor") announced Sept. 13 that they have entered into an agreement under which Arbor will acquire Mars Petcare's U.S.-based Exclusive Brands (EB) business.
September 11, 2018 - HorizonPSI, an engineering and manufacturing company that designs innovative material handling and automated transfer solutions for food, pet food, plastics and chemical manufacturers, has acquired Pneu-Way Construction of Port St. Lucie, Florida.
July 26, 2018 - This is the first acquisition for Outward Hound since being acquired by J.W. Childs Associates in December 2017.
July 24, 2018 - Privately held FTNON is headquartered in Almelo, the Netherlands.
July 9, 2018 - At the same time, access will be granted to several new market segments where KHS USA, Inc. has been inactive.
July 9, 2018 - The combined group will generate a turnover of 275 million euros with industrial activities in five European countries (Spain, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Poland).
July 3, 2018 - The acquisition is expected to close by the fourth quarter.
June 28, 2018 - Hound and Gatos is a nationally distributed line of canned pet food marketed as a ‘Paleolithic diet’ for dogs and cats.
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.
June 14, 2018 - Barkstrong is family owned and operated with its headquarters in Woodland Hills, California, USA.
June 13, 2018 - Spring Meadows is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and sells its products via pet specialty retailers mainly in western Canada.
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.
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.
June 11, 2018 - Mars Petcare announced that it has signed definitive agreements to acquire AniCura.
June 1, 2018 - Barkstrong announced the finalized acquisition on May 31.
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.
May 29, 2018 - Barkstrong announced the completion of its acquisition of Colorado-based Wild Calling! Pet Foods.
May 23, 2018 - Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients is acquiring all shares of Unicorn Grain Specialties.
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.
May 14, 2018 - Tails.com will operate as it has under co-foudner and CEO James Davidson.
May 14, 2018 - Gateway is a pet food packaging manufacturer in North America.
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.
April 30, 2018 - Wamiz's advertising activity and all of its other activities will continue to operate independently.
April 26, 2018 - Headquartered in Hungary, PPF is a pet food manufacturer with nine manufacturing operations across Europe.
April 15, 2018 - Mars Petcare acquired OptiGen, LLC, a DNA diagnostics company specializing in canine inherited eye disorders.
April 15, 2018 - United Petfood, a Belgium-based producer of pet food, has acquired the Dutch pet treat company Animal Lovers.
April 11, 2018 - Lortscher is based in Bern, Kansas, USA with additional locations in Seneca, Kansas and Brownwood, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 22, 2018 - On January 11, Mars Petcare announced their acquisition of Genoscoper Laboratories.
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.
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.