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C.J. Foods and American Nutrition: Merged Pet Food Companies Reveal New Name

The name ‘signifies our company’s leadership role in the pet food industry in partnership and growth.’

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BERN KS – C.J. Foods Inc. and American Nutrition Inc., which recently merged, have announced their new name: Alphia.

“Unifying two of America’s top manufacturers of super-premium pet food and treats under the Alphia name brings together more than 800 passionate pet people who are forging growth for this new industry-leading company,” Alphia said in a press release.

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Alphia also includes milling solutions partner LANI and Veracity Logistics.

“Alphia signifies our company’s leadership role in the pet food industry in partnership and growth,” said Dave McLain, CEO of Alphia. “With the unification of C.J. Foods and American Nutrition, the Alphia brand has unparalleled marketplace intelligence, research and development expertise with turnkey production and supply chain capabilities.”

Alphia has a broad portfolio of pet food and treats, as the only super-premium manufacturer with a national footprint of 10 locations across six states, according to a press release. The company manufactures more than 1 billion pounds of pet food each year.

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“Alphia will build on the outstanding reputations of C.J. Foods and American Nutrition as its skilled team focuses on delivering the highest quality super-premium pet food and treats,” says Tod Morgan, chairman of the board, Alphia. “This partnership delivers growth for our customers, employees and communities.”

Alphia is a portfolio company of J. H. Whitney Capital Partners, a Connecticut-based private equity firm that owned C.J. Foods since 2014 and acquired Lortscher’s Animal Nutrition (now LANI) in 2018.

Earlier this year, C.J. Foods purchased ANI (including Veracity Logistics).

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