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SOMETHING TO CHEW ON
Debbie Phillips-Donaldson

Pet food M&A reaches
throughout the supply chain
This year's list of the world's leading pet
food players (p. 10), based on an annual
update of our Top Pet Food Companies
Database, shows some significant revenue
shifts due to mergers and acquisitions
during 2018. For example, after acquiring
Bynsa Pets of Spain, the revenue of United
Petfood Producers (based in Belgium)
leaped 150%. Similarly, in the U.S., J.M.
Smucker's acquisition of Ainsworth Pet
Nutrition led to a 38% increase in its pet
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food revenues.
None of this consolidation, also happening in distribution, is a surprise given the pet food
industry's mature status in many markets. Buying other companies is often a key way for
large players to continue to grow. Plus, because pet food itself remains a growth market, it's
attractive to investors, private equity firms and companies from sectors like human food.

All types of pet food deals going on
During 2018, we reported 51 pet food-related mergers and acquisitions
(www.PetfoodIndustry.com/articles/7756). What was notable was the type of deals: not
only among pet food manufacturers and marketers but also among supplier companies,
in addition to suppliers buying pet food companies - and vice versa. C.J. Foods, a private
label manufacturer, purchased Lortscher Animal Nutrition, an ingredients supplier, while
Darling Ingredients bought Triple T Foods, a private label pet treat manufacturer.
That latter deal conjured reminders of ADM's 2017 purchase of Crosswinds, a contract
treat manufacturer, following somewhat in the footsteps of Cargill and Tyson: other multinational giants that produce and market on the supply side with ingredients as well as on the
consumer side with products and even their own brands. ADM further expanded last year
with its purchase of Neovia, upping the parent company's pet food revenue by 48%.
Companies see growth in owning more parts of the supply chain, a strategy also
pursued by pet food giants like Mars, Nestlé Purina and Hill's, who have been actively
buying other types of pet ventures. These types of acquisitions have continued during the
first few months of this year, meaning we likely will see more changes next year. ■

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Contents
Pet food M&A reaches throughout the supply chain
Speaking of…
Top 50 companies in 2019
Latin America pet food ingredient use: local vs. imported
Is pet food production signaling recession in Mexico?
Brazil pet food market likely to maintain positive growth
Venezuela’s crisis is worsening pets’ nutrition
Argentina: pet-loving market dealing with poor economy
Guide to Petfood Forum Europe 2019
Independent Conclusions of GRAS: Will AAFCO allow?
Synthetic preservatives in my pet’s food —no thanks!
Pet market trends: signals from pet services
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index May
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Petfood Industry - May 2019 - Synthetic preservatives in my pet’s food —no thanks!
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