C.J. Foods to Acquire American Nutrition



C.J. Foods, Inc. (CJF) unveiled its agreement to acquire American Nutrition, Inc. (ANI), a supplier of premium dry, canned and baked pet food and treat products. 

The acquisition of ANI will enable CJF to offer a full portfolio of pet food and treats with national and international distribution. 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 of 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 35-year history in premium pet food manufacturing with a wide range of international capabilities serving brand owners and retailers.

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

“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.

The transaction is expected to close by April.


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