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Red Collar Pet Foods Makes Acquisition

Red Collar formerly belonged to Mars Petcare.

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FRANKLIN, TN — Red Collar Pet Foods has announced the acquisition of Hampshire Pet Products LLC.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Based in Joplin, MO, Hampshire Pet is a provider of baked and cold formed pet products and co-manufacturer of several of the nation’s leading branded pet treats. Red Collar is a manufacturer of premium and mainstream private label pet food and treat products.

With the acquisition, Red Collar expands its capabilities in the premium and super premium baked and cold formed treats category. The increased production capabilities will make Red Collar one of the largest private label and contract manufacturers of dog and cat treats in North America, according to a press release.

Red Collar President and CEO Chris Hamilton said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Hampshire Pet and its talented group of associates to the Red Collar family. The pet snack and treat market continues to grow at unprecedented rates and the Hampshire facility is one of the largest in the industry. Their commitment to food safety, quality and cutting-edge innovation make it a nimble, one stop manufacturing solution for brands and retailer partners alike.”

Red Collar is owned by Arbor Investments, a private equity firm that focuses on acquiring premier companies in food, beverage and related industries. Arbor acquired the private label pet food and treats manufacturing business from Mars Petcare in December 2018 and re-branded the new company Red Collar Pet Foods.

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Arbor Partner Chris Harned said, “We are excited to add Hampshire Pet’s well-regarded pet treat franchise to Red Collar’s treat business. Based right across the border in Miami, OK, the two treat businesses have complementary manufacturing capabilities, similar agile innovation-driven cultures and great track records of exceeding customer expectations. We look forward to continued growth and development of our two-plant pet treat ‘center of excellence’ together with veteran leader Julie Larson, who will report to Chris Hamilton, President and CEO of Red Collar.”

Tony Lang, one of the Lang family owners, said, “The entire Hampshire team has built an impressive business with innovative products for the right brands and retailers, and we are grateful to them for their hard work for over a decade. On behalf of the Ainsworth Family and our partners at L Catterton, we want to thank the entire Hampshire Family for many years of hard work and a great partnership. We are excited for them as they enter this next chapter, and we believe Red Collar Pet Foods has the right people, tools and experience to support Hampshire’s continued growth.”

Julie Larson, CEO of Hampshire Pet, said, “Over the past 18 years, we have experienced tremendous growth by adhering to our core principles and building great partnerships with our customers. By joining Red Collar, we now have an opportunity to accelerate that growth further with the combined scale of our businesses offering even more comprehensive and innovative manufacturing solutions for our customers. We are truly excited about this next chapter and are committed to ensuring a seamless transition to Red Collar in the coming months.”

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Grooming-Tools Brand Acquired

The tools will be rebranded and redesigned.

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Fetch for Pets, a New York-based pet-product manufacturer, has purchased Spetacular grooming tools from Vu Promo Inc.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fetch designs, develops and distributes grooming liquids and tools as well as products in the categories of dental care, stain/odor control, waste management, toys, apparel, accessories, treats and more.

The Spetacular tools are widely distributed at Walmart stores. Fetch plans to rebrand and redesign the tools, incorporating proprietary bristles and making them more lightweight and ergonomic.

Spetacular plans to reintroduce the brand, with the products hitting shelves and walmart.com by summer 2019.

The grooming tools will be for both dogs and cats. Their price range will be $7.99 to $9.99.

“We’re always looking for new opportunities to enhance a retailer’s set,” said Steven Shweky, CEO of Fetch. “Seventy percent of our company is comprised of product developers whose sole focus is to innovate and bring something new and exciting to our retail partners.

“This is just the first of many new brand launches and overhauls we have lined up for 2019.”

Check out the company at Global Pet Expo booth 4067.

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Stop by the PETS+ Booth at Global, Play with a Puppy — and Maybe Even Find Your New Pet

Florida Little Dog Rescue will be at our booth all week.

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Attending Global Pet Expo? Miss your pet?

Come to booth  4039 to get your free subscription to PETS+ Magazine and meet your new best friend.

Florida Little Dog Rescue will be at our booth all week! Play with a puppy,
get your furry fix, and maybe even take one home.

Exhibitors, if you’d like to donate to Florida Little Dog Rescue, be sure to stop by our booth.

Florida Little Dog Rescue is a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates unwanted, abused and abandoned little dogs and places them in loving and responsible homes to live out their lives as cherished family members.

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Proposed Law Would Require Equal Treatment of Dog Breeds by Insurers

Under the measure, owners of pit bulls and Rottweilers couldn’t be charged higher premiums.

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A bill under consideration in Maryland would require firms to treat dog breeds equally when setting premiums for renters or homeowners insurance policies.

The idea is to prevent owners of breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers from being charged more, Maryland Matters reports.

State Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier introduced the measure to the Maryland General Assembly.

The proposed law “would require an insurer to either cover losses by all dog breeds or exclude coverage altogether,” Klausmeier told the state’s Senate Finance Committee.

Supporters of the legislation say premiums should not be based on “outdated breeds stereotypes,” Maryland Matters reports.

“Insurance companies should identify individual dogs that have a history that may predict their likelihood of being dangerous in the future,” said Emily Hovermale, of the Humane Society of America’s Maryland/Delaware chapter.

But Nancy Egan of the American Property Casualty Insurers Association said insurers “should be able to look at their business losses and be able to exclude those risks that they see are not profitable for them.”

Read more at Maryland Matters

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