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Grove Pet Foods acquired by Cranswick

John Walgate, managing director, who Grove said has a ‘wealth of experience’, will remain with and continue to lead the business.

Grove Pet Foods has announced it has been acquired by UK food producer, Cranswick.

The pet business is a producer of dry dog food for several leading brands under private label relationships alongside its own brands including Vitalin (natural) and Alpha Feeds (working dog).

It operates “predominantly” from a purpose-built freehold facility in Lincolnshire and employs a total workforce of approximately 100. John Walgate, managing director, who Grove said has a wealth of experience in this category, will remain with the group and continue to lead the business following the acquisition.

Adam Couch, CEO of Cranswick said: “I am delighted to announce the acquisition of Grove Pet Foods, a well-invested manufacturer of dry pet food supplying leading brands focussed on the specialist pet retail market.

“This acquisition represents a platform for future growth in the attractive UK pet food market and diversification into this complementary category for Cranswick. The existing facility has capacity and a footprint for further expansion.”

He added: “The combined business will benefit from vertical integration opportunities within the group and particularly our fresh poultry and pork businesses. We look forward to building on this and continuing to invest in the product range, facilities and the team over the years ahead.”

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