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Top 10 Pet-Business Stories of 2020

These were the most-clicked PETS+ newsletter articles of the year.




What a long, strange year it’s been. 2020 included a pandemic, shutdowns and other unfortunate news. If you’re like us, you’ve tried to find joy where possible, but you’re looking forward to a much better 2021.

But before we ring in the New Year, we wanted to pause for a look back at the year’s biggest news. These are the 10 most-read PETS+ newsletter stories of 2020. Even more than COVID-19, mergers and acqusitions dominated headlines in the pet-business world.

Click through for the full articles. (Note that there may have been further news developments that aren’t reflected here.)

10. Pet Care Business Acquired as Part of $123M Deal

In January, Edgewell Personal Care Co. EPC has completed the sale of its infant and pet care business to Montreal-based Le Holding Angelcare Inc. for $122.5 million in cash.

9. Petco Future: Owners Consider Possible Sale or Public Offering

A report in September indicated that a sale or public offering could be in the offing for Petco Animal Supplies Inc.

8. America’s Coolest Stores 2020 Winners Revealed

For our fourth annual PETS+ America’s Coolest Stores contest, we asked businesses from around the U.S. to tell us exactly what makes them so cool. We were floored by the response, especially with a deadline during the pandemic.

7. Freshpet to Build $264M Plant in Texas

Freshpet Inc. in March revealed plans to build a $264 million build a new pet food manufacturing facility in Ennis, TX.

6. J.M. Smucker to Sell Off Natural Balance in $50M Deal

We learned in December of J.M. Smucker Co.’s plans to sell its Natural Balance pet food business to Nexus Capital Management LP in a deal valued at approximately $50 million.

5. Pet Supplies Plus Is Up for Sale

News broke in December that the owner of Pet Supplies Plus was seeking to sell the retailer.

4. Going to Global? Worried About Coronavirus? APPA Has a Plan

This February article detailed preparations for holding Global Pet Expo safely in Orlando, FL, at a time when concerns were mounting about COVID-19.

3. Phillips and Animal Supply Co. Plan to Merge

Phillips Pet Food & Supplies and Animal Supply Company in February announced plans to combine to “create a national leader in pet product distribution and services.”

2. Petco Announces Worker Furloughs, Pay Reductions, Job Cuts

In April, Petco announced employee furloughs and other workforce measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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

Following their merger, C.J. Foods Inc. and American Nutrition Inc. announced their new name: Alphia.



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