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Manufacturer Buys Pet Food Company with 200 Employees

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The firms have worked together for over a decade.

PITTSBURGH, PA — Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, manufacturer of the Rachael Ray Nutrish line of pet food and treats, announced that is has acquired Triple T Foods of Frontenac, KS, a family-owned pet food co-manufacturer that employs about 200 people.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With this acquisition, Ainsworth “strengthens its manufacturing capacity and capabilities to support future growth of the Nutrish brand while maintaining and building upon Triple T’s current co-manufacturing relationships,” according to a press release.

Jeff Watters, president and CEO of Ainsworth, said his team is “thrilled to welcome Triple T Foods to the Ainsworth Family.”

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“As one of our most trusted co-manufacturers for more than a decade, Triple T’s similar family-minded culture and enduring commitment to food safety and product quality make this acquisition a very natural fit for both organizations,” Watters said.

He also said Triple T Food’s location in the central U.S. provides convenient access to key pet food ingredients within the nation’s grain and protein belts. 

Triple T Foods President Kurt Terlip said the acquisition “has been about securing a good fit for both organizations – from an operations and supply chain perspective as well as a cultural standpoint.”

“We are excited about today’s news as this acquisition is a great match for Triple T and Ainsworth on all of these fronts and will allow our newly combined organization to grow faster and more efficiently than either could do on its own,” Terlip said.

Terlip will be stepping down from his position as president of Triple T Foods. But, according to the release, Ainsworth will maintain a strong management team from Triple T, including Terlip’s son, Colin, who will manage all operations in Frontenac.

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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