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Pet Food Maker Opens $200M Plant

It’s located in Richmond, IN.

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RICHMOND, IN — Natural pet food brand Blue Buffalo announced the opening of its $200 million manufacturing plant in Richmond, IN.

The 400,000-square-foot plant will create 165 full-time jobs in food processing, quality assurance, maintenance and plant management. The 125-acre campus increases the U.S. production capacity of BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics and BLUE Freedom dry dog and cat foods.

“Blue Buffalo is focused on enhancing the health of pets by providing dog and cat food made with the highest quality wholesome, natural ingredients,” said Billy Bishop, president of Blue Buffalo Pet Foods, a division of General Mills Inc. “Our new state-of-the-art plant in Richmond exceeds industry standards in food safety and product quality, and will allow Blue Buffalo to feed more pets and reach more pet parents wherever they shop.”

The plant has the capacity to produce more than 1 million pounds of dry dog and cat food per day.

“With this expanded manufacturing capability, General Mills and Blue Buffalo can better meet the growing demand for pet food made with natural ingredients,” said Jeff Harmening, General Mills chairman and CEO. “This new plant is another example of General Mills accelerating the growth of our natural and organic brands. As an Indiana native, I’m also proud that Blue Buffalo is creating jobs and fueling the local economy in Richmond and surrounding areas.”

Construction of the plant started in 2016. It is Blue Buffalo’s second company-owned manufacturing plant, with the first facility located in Joplin, MO. Blue Buffalo products can be found at pet specialty stores and grocery, drug store and mass merchandise retailers in North America as well as Amazon.com, Chewy.com and other online stores.

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“Job creators around the world continue to choose to grow their operations in Indiana because of our low costs and highly-skilled Hoosier workforce,” said Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. “Companies like General Mills and Blue Buffalo are taking notice, and we’re thrilled for them to make their premium pet food in the strongest manufacturing state in the country. Blue Buffalo’s Indiana growth will provide quality career opportunities to Hoosiers, and we look forward to their many years of success in our state.”

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More than 70 Chinese Exhibitors Cancel Their Booths at Global Pet Expo

Instead of sending U.S.-based representatives, the companies have opted out of the annual show.

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According to a report from John Gibbons, AKA the Pet Business Professor, more than 70 Chinese exhibitors have cancelled their booths at Global Pet Expo due to the travel restrictions relating to coronavirus.

Since we first shared a statement on the issue from Global Pet Expo Officials, the show has updated its website with the following:

“With less than 14 days until Global Pet Expo, we are gearing up for another amazing event! Currently, we have more than 1,000 companies from 28 countries around the world planning to exhibit. Buyer registration is strong and we’re expecting over 7,000 buyers from 80 countries. Two weeks from today, Global Pet Expo opens its doors and we can’t wait to welcome you to our world.

As we eagerly prepare for the Show, we are confident that Global Pet Expo will deliver a successful business experience for all participants. However, we want to take a moment to address how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will impact some of our exhibitors. We have been in contact with exhibitors from China. The vast majority have notified us that they will not be exhibiting and will not have outside representation available to take their place at this year’s Show. Moreover, any foreign nationals that have visited China within the last 14 days are barred from entering the United States. Therefore, these attendees will not be able to participate in this year’s Global Pet Expo.

The health and safety of all Show participants are paramount. The Global Pet Expo management team is working closely with the Orange County Convention Center and surrounding hotels to stay apprised of developing precautionary measures to further reduce potential health risks at the Show. Additionally, we will continue to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, and will provide emerging information accordingly.

Over the next two weeks leading up to the Show, we will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!”

We’ll keep an eye on the situation, and you can also look for updates on the Global Pet Expo website.

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C.J. Foods to Acquire American Nutrition

ANI operates five manufacturing facilities throughout the US.

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BERN, KS — C.J. Foods Inc., a custom manufacturer of specialty dry pet food, announced an agreement to acquire American Nutrition Inc., a supplier of dry, canned and baked pet food and treats.

This transaction creates “the largest independent manufacturer of super premium pet food in the country, producing a total of one billion pounds of pet food annually,” according to a press release. It is expected to close by April.

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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition of ANI will enable CJF to offer a full portfolio of pet food and treats with national and international distribution, according to the release. David McLain, CEO, C.J. Foods, will join the board of directors. Tod Morgan remains chairman of the board and Bill Behnken, current president and CEO, ANI, will serve as board member.

“This acquisition creates the leading manufacturer of super premium pet food with a national footprint, focused on producing and delivering the highest quality products to our customers,” said Morgan.

C.J. Foods “has a rich 35-year history in super premium pet food manufacturing with a wide range of international capabilities serving the leading super premium brand owners and retailers,” acccording to the release.

ANI operates five manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S.

“C.J. Foods and ANI are two world-class manufacturers with complementary capabilities that make the combination a win for our customers,” said Behnken. “It truly enhances our ability to provide higher levels of innovation to meet the ever-evolving opportunities in premium pet nutrition.”

“CJF is thrilled to be moving forward with ANI to strengthen our customer value proposition with a continued singular focus on innovation and food safety, leading the industry with on-trend products,” said McLain.

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

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Video: Poodle Wins ‘Best in Show’ at Westminster

Siba took first place from among a field of 21 Best of Breed winners.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – The Standard Poodle “Siba” won Best in Show at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show under Judge Robert Slay at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11.

Siba, a 4-year-old female, officially known as GCHP Stone Run Afternoon Tea, was handled by Chrystal Murray-Clas and is owned by Connie Unger and William Lee of Northampton, Pennsylvania.

On Monday night, Siba won the Non-Sporting Group in a field of 21 Best of Breed winners. Westminster reached its conformation entry limit of 2,500 dogs, with three days of Best of Breed competition Feb. 9-11 held at Pier 94 and Group and Best in Show competition held at Madison Square Garden.

“There is no greater prize in the sport of dogs than winning Best in Show at America’s Dog Show,” said Westminster Kennel Club Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher. “Congratulations to Siba’s handler, owners and breeder for this most prestigious win among a magnificent Best in Show lineup of quality dogs.”

The evening Group finals, including Best in Show, were televised live on FS1. For full Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show results and video visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org. All events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.

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