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Merrick Pet Care Enters Purchase Agreement by Nestle Purina

Pet Age Staff//July 21, 2015//

Merrick Pet Care Enters Purchase Agreement by Nestle Purina

Pet Age Staff //July 21, 2015//

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Merrick Pet Care has signed an agreement for Nestlé Purina PetCare Company to purchase the company from its private equity owner, Swander Pace Capital. Terms were not disclosed.

“I believe Nestlé Purina is the right company to take what I along with others have built to the next level,” said Garth Merrick, founder of Merrick at SuperZoo. “I’m proud my name will continue to be on the door as we remain committed to making the best food for the best pets ever.”

Merrick will continue to operate as an independent business with no planned changes to its management or operations.

With this agreement, which is expected to close over the next several months, Merrick will be able to further build upon its record of providing pets with industry leading nutrition, quality and food safety, while taking advantage of new global resources and innovations.

“The Merrick team has built an extremely strong portfolio of natural and organic pet food and treat brands that are helping millions of pets thrive,” said Joe Sivewright, chief executive officer of Nestlé Purina PetCare.  “We admire Merrick and what the team is doing to provide pets with nutritious, quality and safe food and are excited about how the Merrick brands will broaden the Purina portfolios.”

Merrick offers a wide variety of USA-made dry and wet foods, as well as treats, that are available nationally at independent pet specialty stores.

In April 2012, Merrick Pet Care Inc. acquired Castor & Pollux and its ORGANIX branded portfolio. These brands are available at PetSmart, natural grocery and online via select retailers.