What We're Reading: 14 Acquisitions in Pet Food Industry So Far in 2018

What We're Reading: 14 Acquisitions in Pet Food Industry So Far in 2018

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As of April 16, pet food companies and ingredient suppliers have announced at least fourteen mergers and acquisitions. Several involved human food companies expanding their position in the pet food industry. Others have involved pet food brands moving into new regions or advanced technologies.

Mergers and acquisitions in the pet food industry

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Mars acquires pet genetic testing company Genoscoper

January 22, 2018

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

11. 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.

12. 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

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

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