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J.M. Smucker, Post Holdings Complete Deal for Pet Food Brands, Processing Facilities

April 28, 2023
Post Holdings gains five pet food brands, the private-label business and manufacturing and distribution facilities in three municipalities.

The sale of several pet food brands by J.M. Smucker Co. to Post Holdings Inc. has officially closed, according to a release from J.M. Smucker. The divestiture includes the Rachael Ray Nutrish, 9Lives, Kibbles 'n Bits, Nature's Recipe and Gravy Train brands as well as the Smucker’s private-label pet food business, at a value of approximately $1.2 billion.

Smucker entered into an agreement for the transaction in February of this year — a sale that also includes manufacturing and distribution facilities in Bloomsburg, Pa., and manufacturing facilities in Meadville, Pa., and Lawrence, Kan. In addition, a group of employees are transitioning to Post Holdings to support the business.

J.M. Smucker announced it will provide further details about the transaction's financial impact to its fiscal 2024 outlook when it reports its fourth quarter fiscal 2023 results in June.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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