Monthly Archives: September 2018

MidOcean Partners acquires Florida Food Products

vivadmin/ September 28, 2018/ News

Private equity firm MidOcean Partners has acquired Florida Food Products (FFP), a manufacturer of natural and clean label ingredients, from Kainos Capital. MidOcean’s investment will be used to drive FFP’s continued growth and expansion. Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Eustis, Florida, FFP is a leading manufacturer of healthy, natural, clean label ingredients and is the market leader in the

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France proposes plastic tax

vivadmin/ September 28, 2018/ News

France has proposed a plan to make non-recyclable plastic products 10% more expensive than their recyclable counterparts in 2019 Earlier this year, the French government announced that it wanted to switch completely to recycled plastics by 2025. Presently, the measure does not impose any regulatory constraints on manufacturers but regulations will be passed if no progress is made, according to

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Natural care for high-quality pet food ingredients

vivadmin/ September 27, 2018/ News

Antioxidants are vital for maintaining quality and extending shelf life. Why antioxidants? Poultry fats, vegetable oils, fish oils and all lipid-rich sources of nutrients for pet food react spontaneously with oxygen and form free radicals. Thereby fats turn rancid and vitamins lose their activity. Protecting feed components with anti-oxidants is thus vital for maintaining food quality. Synergistic antioxidant blends, such as Loxidan,

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Beijing is holding firm, Chinese firms acknowledge they’re worried about the trade war

vivadmin/ September 26, 2018/ News

Several of China’s largest companies are acknowledging that they’re concerned about risks from a trade war with the U.S. Yantai laid out a detialed analysis. Yantai China Pet Foods laid out a detailed analysis of the potential impact from the U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods — which include dog and

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Flexi receives the PETSMART “Supplier of the Year 2017” award in the hardgoods category

vivadmin/ September 25, 2018/ News

PetSmart recognized Top Suppliers for Performance, Quality and Innovation. PetSmart’s Supplier of the Year award is reserved for suppliers that distinguish themselves by going above and beyond PetSmart’s requirements, providing customers with the most innovative products and highest quality in the pet industry. flexi won the award of “Supplier of the Year 2017 in the hardgoods category.  

United Pets opens branch in Shaghai

vivadmin/ September 25, 2018/ News

United Pets (Italy) opens branch in Shaghai. This operation is part of a strategie expansion plan that aims to have United Pets directly involved in markets of special interest to better understand their dynamics and pecuIiarities. United Pets Milano, a leading brand in the pet market, thanks to its ltalian designed and made in ltaly pet accessories wishes the Shanghai team,

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M&A wrap: Mars, Iams, Arbor, Staples, Essendant, Sycamore, Silver Lake, AMC

vivadmin/ September 24, 2018/ News

Privately-held candy conglomerate Mars Inc. is selling its U.S. private-label pet care business, known as Exclusive Brands (EB), to private equity firm Arbor Investments. The deal allows Mars “to focus on growing its branded portfolio, including iconic favorites, such as Pedigree, Iams, Greenies,” says Mark Johnson, regional president, Mars Petcare North America. Mars is best known for its popular candy

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The booming Azian pet market

vivadmin/ September 21, 2018/ News

Market research firm Euromonitor has projected that the burgeoning pet-care industry in the region will expand by 70 per cent by 2022, with expenditure to hit US$21.1 billion. A flourishing multibillion-dollar pet-care industry has emerged in Asia, dominated by designer clothes, gourmet food and luxurious spas for its very special clientele. While Asia’s economic growth is stuttering as trade tensions

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Transparency: the all-important ingredient

vivadmin/ September 20, 2018/ News

All around the world, blockchain is touted as a revolutionary technology with endless possibilities. More than just a buzzword, it has the potential to disrupt every industry from banking to science, the pet food industry included. Blockchain is about to change the pet food industry for the better, as it makes 100% transparency the norm.  Producers and consumers demand safe

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Pet Industry and Members of Congress Celebrate Pets in Washington, D.C.

vivadmin/ September 20, 2018/ News

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the Pet Leadership Council (PLC) delivered the important message that pets are vital to our health and well-being to Members of Congress and their staff at Pet Night on Capitol Hill, which was hosted in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 6.  At a packed event with more than 400 in attendance including more

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