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March 25, 2020

Press release: CJ Foods, Inc.

CJ Foods Inc. (CJF), a custom manufacturer of specialty dry pet food for leading U.S. super premium brands, announced March 18 it has completed its acquisition of American Nutrition Inc. (ANI). The combined entity is the largest independent manufacturer of super premium pet food in the country, producing over 1 billion pounds of pet food annually.

“Completing this transaction in a time of uncertainty speaks to the strength of the industry as well as these two world-class manufacturers,” said David McLain, CEO, CJ Foods. “The combined organization will deliver an unparalleled national footprint and broad product portfolio with a focus on delivering products of the future through innovation and category leadership.”

“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.

CJ 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.

ANI is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of super-premium quality dry, canned and baked pet food and treat products. Operating five manufacturing facilities throughout the United States, ANI has achieved a reputation of manufacturing excellence through its emphasis on quality and best-in-class SQF certified production facilities.

“CJ 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.

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