Cargill acquires pet food manufacturer based in Ohio

By Sophie Chapman
One of the world’s largest pet food and animal feed companies in the world, that reported revenue of $109.7bn last year, has acquired a pet food manuf...

One of the world’s largest pet food and animal feed companies in the world, that reported revenue of $109.7bn last year, has acquired a pet food manufacturer from Ohio.

In a bid to expand its business Minnetonka-based Cargill Inc. will buy Pro-Pet, it announced on 2 January.

“Cargill's vast resources and competency in sourcing of commodities, along with their reputation in the agricultural retail business sector, makes Cargill the natural and best partner for Pro-Pet,” commented President and CEO of Pro-Pet, Jim Wiegmann.

“There is no organization that can leverage the strengths and capabilities of Pro-Pet better than Cargill, which will enhance our ability to serve retail partners and pet food brand owners.”

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Pro-Pet employs 150 in St Marys, Ohio, where it manufactures pet food for private labels, including Black Gold.

“The pet food category continues to change, as indicated by the increased focus on premium offerings,” reported Mark Lueking, US Managing Director for Cargill Feed and Nutrition.

“Pro-Pet has the capability to satisfy this market need, and our mutual passion for serving customers make us a strong cultural fit.”

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