Mars Petcare has acquired Champion Petfoods, according to an announcement by the company on 1 November. There have not been disclosed any further detail of the deal.
Champion Petfoods, founded in 1985, is a pet food manufacturer concentrating on “biologically appropriate” pet nutrition. The company is developper and owner of ORIJEN and ACANA brands which are available in over 90 countries. To produce its dry pet food, Champions Petfoods‘ has state-of-the-art kitchens in Edmonton, Canada, and Auburn, Ky. Bedford Capital and Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan lead the investor group owning the
“We are thrilled to welcome Champion Petfoods and its more than 800 talented people to the Mars Petcare family,” said Ikdeep Singh, global president of Mars Pet Nutrition. “The Champion Petfoods team has been a pioneer in developing high-quality and premium pet food in the natural category that pet lovers around the world trust. Together, we will be even better positioned to support pet lovers and fulfill our purpose to create A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™.”
Through the acquisition expected to happen in the first half of 2023, Mars can strongly expand its premium pet food range and helps Champions increasing growth and innovation. The companies will be brought together to meet the customer’s demand
“We are excited to join Mars Petcare and become part of a world leader in pet nutrition and services,” said Blaine McPeak, CEO of Champion Petfoods. “This announcement is a wonderful way to recognize all the employees over our history who helped build Champion into a pre-eminent global pet food company with our incredible brands ORIJEN and ACANA. We look forward to working with Mars Petcare on taking Champion to an entirely new level.”