44 pet food industry mergers and acquisitions 2021

These 44 business deals occurred in 2021 among dog, cat and other pet food producers, suppliers and others.

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In 2021, pet food business acquisitions, mergers and similar deals occurred more frequently than the previous year, increasing more than 75%, reported Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry. These 44 business deals occurred in 2021 among dog, cat and other pet food producers, suppliers and others.

1. Brightpet Nutrition Group acquires miraclecorp pet treats

JANUARY 4, 2021

The transaction will bring together miraclecorp’s portfolio of brands with brightpet’s production capabilities and roster of brands.


2. Manna Pro acquires Bullymake subscription pet box brand

JANUARY 4, 2021

Manna Pro Products, a St. Louis-based manufacturer and marketer of pet care and nutrition, has agreed to acquire Bullymake. Bullymake is a direct-to-consumer dog subscription box built specifically for power chewer dogs.


3. Dane Creek Capital acquires Growlies Pet Foods retailers

JANUARY 5, 2021

This transaction marks Dane Creek’s first acquisition of a pet specialty retailer.


4. Partner in Pet Food acquires Landini Giuntini in Italy

JANUARY 21, 2021

Partner in Pet Food, a European pet food manufacturer, acquired Landini Giuntini, an Italian pet food manufacturer. The consideration for the transaction is not disclosed.


5. Vafo Group opens Czech pet food plant, invests in Finland

FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Leading European pet food producer investing in new factory, expanding via acquisitions.


6. United Petfood acquires UK-based Cambrian Pet Foods

MARCH 1, 2021

International pet food producer, United Petfood, announced the acquisition of the British manufacturer Cambrian Pet Foods.


7. Wind Point Partners acquires foodscience Corporation

MARCH 10, 2021

Wind Point invests in producer of nutritional supplements for humans and pets.


8. Manna Pro acquires Zupreem

APRIL 9, 2021

Acquisition expands company's presence in the bird market.


9. Chr. Hansen Natural Colors acquires SECNA

APRIL 27, 2021

Pet food colorant provider, Chr. Hansen Natural Colors, an EQT portfolio company, announces its first major transaction after becoming a standalone company, further bolstering the company’s position as the world leader in natural colors.


10. Pet Food Experts announces acquisition of United Pacific Pet

APRIL 29, 2021

Transaction expands geographic footprint and increases service to over 5,300 independent retailers


11. Tyson sells pet treat brands to General Mills for US$1.2B

MAY 14, 2021

Tyson Foods, Inc. Is selling its pet treats business to General Mills, Inc. For approximately US$1.2 billion.


12. Colombian Grupo Nutresa acquires Costa Rica pet food maker

JUNE 8, 2021

This recent deal signifies the packaged foods conglomerate’s vision for growth in a strong pet food market.


13. Elanco acquires Kindred Biosciences pet pharmaceuticals

JUNE 18, 2021

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated executives agreed to acquire Kindred Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel pet therapeutics based on validated human targets.


14. Oterra to acquire Diana Food’s coloring business

JUNE 21, 2021

Natural pet food color provider, Oterra, formerly known as Chr. Hansen Natural Colors A/S, announced plans to acquire Diana Food’s natural food coloring business.


15. BRF aims to be a top pet food company by 2025

JUNE 21, 2021

In securities filings from June 18, Brazilian company BRF, one of Brazil’s top poultry and other food producers, announced plans to acquire pet food company Hercosul.


16. 3D Corporate Solutions acquires All American Pet Proteins

JUNE 22, 2021

3D Corporate Solutions, a manufacturer of specialty proteins and fats used in premium pet food, has acquired Colorado-based specialty protein manufacturer All American Pet Proteins ("AAPP").


17. BRF Pet acquires Brazilian Mogiana Alimentos pet food

JUNE 29, 2021

Mogiana Alimentos has been in the pet food market for more than 46 years. The company is headquartered in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.


18. Nutreco to acquire Bigsal Nutrição Animal

JULY 8, 2021

Partnership will strengthen company's animal nutrition division in Brazilian market.


19. Barentz acquires Pestell Nutrition

JULY 8, 2021

Collaboration establishes animal nutrition globally.


20. LINXIS Group acquires Bakon

JULY 8, 2021

Partnership will further strengthen LINXIS' expertise and excellence.


21. Cargill invests in animalbiome pet gut health company

July 26, 2021

To accelerate the introduction of new products and insights in the pet microbiome modulation space, Cargill announced an investment in animalbiome, a start-up using microbiome science to restore pet digestive and skin issues.


22. Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition acquires Ametza’s forage pellet business

July 14, 2021

Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition acquires Ametza’s forage pellet business. 


23. Mid America Pet Food acquires Nature’s Logic pet foods

August 2, 2021

Nature’s Logic joins the Mid America Pet Food portfolio of brands, which includes VICTOR superpremium pet food.


24. Schenck Process to acquire SHAPE

August 4, 2021

Schenck Process to acquire SHAPE.


25. EU investors acquire Whitebridge Pet Brands from US firm

August 4, 2021

In 2021, private equity investment groups continue adding dog, cat and other pet food companies to their portfolios. In 2021, private equity investment groups continue adding dog, cat and other pet food companies to their portfolios, sometimes from other investors.


26. Dane Creek acquires pet specialty Vancouver Island Retailers

August 5, 2021

Dane Creek Corp completes acquisition over two pet food specialty retailers, adding up to 40% of acquired business' expected in 2021 revenues. 


27. Partner in Pet Food to acquire Polish Mispol pet food

August 5, 2021

Partner in Pet Food, a pet food manufacturer based in Hungary, reached an agreement with NDX Group, a privately held investment firm based in Lithuania, to buy the Mispol Group pet food company.


28. Bliss Industries joins CPM

August 9, 2021

Bliss Industries joins CPM.


29. Firm merges Primal Pet Foods, Prairie Dog and others

August 17, 2021

With this acquisition, Kinderhook will bring together portfolio companies Primal Pet Foods and Prairie Dog Pet Products, a premium specialty manufacturer and marketer of freeze-dried, smoked and natural dog treats.


30. CODICO acquires sanypet premium dry and wet pet food

August 20, 2021

CODICO Nutrition Animale acquires sanypet, a European premium dry and wet pet food producer. 


31. Manna Pro continues pet e-commerce buys with Dinovite

September 10, 2021

Manna Pro’s online market share across its major categories grew 31% in 2021 as of July 21, according to data from Nielsen, compared to 9% for those categories in general.


32. BRF concludes Hercosul and Moginana acquisitions

September 10, 2021

Brazil-based company will pay BRL1.35 billion for the assets.


33. ADM acquiring 75% of P4 private label pet treats, supplements

September 10, 2021

Learn more about this transaction that values the four enterprises in their entirety at approximately US$600 million, and ADM will acquire 75% of the equity.


34. Chinese private equity buys ziwipeak air-dried pet food

September 28, 2021

China-based private equity firm fountainvest Partners will acquire pet food company Ziwi, maker of ziwipeak brand.


35. Private equity firm acquired Pet Ventures/Pet ‘n Shape

September 28, 2021

Pet ‘n Shape is an emerging brand of pet treats and chews that offers a full-line of branded products made from natural ingredients.


36. GFI acquires a pet food ingredients production facility

October 6, 2021

GFI launches plant-based pet food ingredients business unit. 


37. Nabtesco acquires Engilico Group

October 7, 2021

Nabtesco acquires Engilico Group.


38. Belgian United Petfood acquires Dutch Teeling Petfood

October 27, 2021

Teeling Petfood has been producing wet food for both dogs and cats since 1989. The Dutch company employs approximately 100 people and has production sites in Hoogeveen and Heerhugowaard. 


39. 3D Corporate Solutions acquires linkone Marine Solutions

November 5, 2021

3D Corporate Solutions, an Olympus Partners portfolio company, and a leading manufacturer of specialty proteins and fats used in premium pet food, has acquired Missouri-based marine protein manufacturer linkone Marine Solutions.


40. Transcontinental acquires H.S. Crocker to expand packaging solutions

November 9, 2021

Transcontinental announced that it has acquired H.S. Crocker Co., Inc., a manufacturer of die cut lids for the food industry and labels for the pharmaceutical industry.


41. J.M. Smucker sells private label kibble to Diamond Pet Foods

December 2, 2021

Learn more about how The J.M. Smucker Co. Sold its private label dry pet food business, including its manufacturing facility in Frontenac, Kansas, to Diamond Pet Foods, Inc., in a cash transaction valued at approximately US$33 million.


42. Private equity Antelope acquires Bocce’s Bakery pet treats

December 3, 2021

Antelope, a natural pet food, treat and other product brand conglomerate, acquired of Bocce’s Bakery, a natural, limited-ingredient pet treats company.


43. DSM to acquire Vestkorn Milling

December 6, 2021

Royal DSM, a global purpose-led science-based company, announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Norwegian company Vestkorn Milling, one of Europe’s leading producers of pea- and bean-derived ingredients for plant-based protein products, for an enterprise value of €65m.


44. Capvest’s Inspired Pet Nutrition acquires Pet Food UK

December 17, 2021

The acquisition is the start of a growth strategy for Inspired Pet Nutrition, who hopes to internationalize over the next few years. 

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