PETTRUE ACQUIRES PEEK-A-BOO
PET LATCH TRADEMARK
Pet True, a Camp Hill, Pa.-based brand of MC Pacific
Holdings, has acquired the Peek-a-Boo Pet Latch trademark. Pet True will now handle all aspects of the Peek-a-boo product line.
The Peek-a-Boo Pet Latch
owners a simple
but effective option for preventing commingling between
officials. The device can be easily
installed and is
useful to keep multiple pets living in harmony, officials
added. It can be used in any size living space, from small
apartments to large homes.
The Peek-a-Boo Pet Latch retails for under $20 and is
shelf ready in a landscape clamshell-shaped plastic. Dealer volume pricing is available.
AINSWORTH PET NUTRITION
PURCHASES TRIPLE T FOODS
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, the Meadville, Pa.-based manufacturer of the Rachael Ray Nutrish line of pet food and
treats, has acquired Triple T Foods in Frontenac, Kan., a
family-owned, super-premium pet food co-manufactur-er that employs approximately 200 people. Terms of the
transaction were not disclosed.
With this acquisition, Ainsworth strengthens its manufacturing capacity and capabilities to support future
growth of the Nutrish brand while maintaining and
building upon Triple T’s current co-manufacturing relationships, according to company officials.
“We are thrilled to welcome Triple T Foods to the
Ainsworth family,” said Jeff Watters, president and CEO
of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. “As one of our most trusted
co-manufacturers for more than a decade, Triple T’s sim-
ilar family-minded culture and enduring commitment to
food safety and product quality make this acquisition a
very natural fit for both organizations.”
Watters said that Triple T Foods’ location in the central
U.S. provides convenient access to key pet food ingredi-
ents within the nation’s grain and protein belts.
Triple T Foods’ president, Kurt Terlip, will be stepping
down from his position.
“Over the past 15 years, Triple T Foods has produced
products for Ainsworth Pet Nutrition,” Terlip said. “This
acquisition has been about securing a good fit for both
organizations—from an operations and supply chain per-
spective as well as a cultural standpoint. We are excited
about today’s news as this acquisition is a great match
for Triple T and Ainsworth on all of these fronts and will
allow our newly combined organization to grow faster
and more efficiently than either could do on its own.”
Ainsworth will maintain a strong management team
from Triple T, including Terlip’s son, Colin, who will man-
age all operations in Frontenac.
Carolina Aquatics Joins Forces
with Blue Ridge Fish Wholesale
Marine and reef aquarium livestock wholesaler Carolina Aquatics in Kernersville, N.C., has acquired long-time business partner Blue Ridge Fish Wholesale. Kernersville, N.C.-based Blue Ridge Fish Wholesale, founded in 1993, has grown to offer a complete line of
tropical freshwater aquarium fish, pond livestock, reptiles, small animals and more. It is well known for its production
of domestic goldfish and koi.
Carolina Aquatics, founded in 2005 by Kris Cline, has a reputation for quality marine aquarium livestock and
transshipping along the entire East Coast, serving clients
nationwide, said company officials. Carolina Aquatics
is currently co-located within Blue Ridge Fish Wholesale’s Kernersville facility. Both companies have enjoyed
a beneficial working relationship for the past 12 years,
Blue Ridge owners Karen and Randy Lefever were
highly instrumental in the beginning of Carolina
Aquatics, providing some initial funding for the launch
of Cline’s business. After 24 years in the business, the
Lefevers were ready to focus exclusively on Blue Ridge
Fish Hatchery, while Cline and Carolina Aquatics are
poised for growth.
Carolina Aquatics’ long-standing relationship with
Blue Ridge Fish Wholesale, and intimate familiarity with
the facility and staff, presented an opportunity to continue
the Blue Ridge Fish Wholesale business and legacy into
the future. Plans for the acquisition include the retention of Blue Ridge Fish Wholesale staff, which will now operate
under the Carolina Aquatics brand.
“Carolina Aquatics has hired on the highly experienced employees of Blue Ridge,” said Cline. “Many of them
have been working there for over 20 years, and we are excited to have the dedicated staff join our team.”
The Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery will remain in operation under the leadership of the Lefevers.
Existing Carolina Aquatics clients will now have full access to a complete array of freshwater-related livestock and
products from a single source, while Blue Ridge Fish Wholesale customers now have direct access to a complete lineup
of saltwater offerings from Carolina Aquatics.
BOSS PET PRODUCTS ACQUIRES COAST
2 COAST WHOLESALE PET PRODUCTS
Boss Pet Products Inc., an Oakwood Village,
Ohio-based subsidiary of Boss Holdings,
has purchased the pet product distribution
business and related assets of Coast 2 Coast
Wholesale Pet Products, located in Garden
Coast 2 Coast markets pet products including toys, treats, harnesses, collars, food bowls
and other related pet product accessories to the
pet specialty market.
Kurt Hansen of Coast 2 Coast will become
Boss Pet’s national sales manager and will direct all sales in the pet specialty market segment. Acquired assets include Coast 2 Coast’s
inventory, selected equipment, trademarks,
trade names and other intellectual property.
Boss funded the purchase from its existing
Boss management believes the Coast 2
Coast line of top OEM branded pet products
presents a significant opportunity for growth,
according to the company. Boss Pet already
sells its pet leashes, restraints, toys and other
pet product supplies in distribution channels
not served by Coast 2 Coast, and the acquisition will provide cross-selling opportunities,
said company officials.
Boss Pet’s operational offices are located
in the Cleveland metropolitan area. Boss Pet
will retain Coast 2 Coast’s sales and customer
support staff. Management expects the Coast 2
Coast acquisition will be immediately accretive
to Boss net earnings.
MISSION PETS BUYS HARRY BARKER
Mission Pets has acquired Harry Barker, a Charleston, S.C.-based
brand of fashion-forward and ecologically conscious pet accessories.
The move brings sales channel diversification to Mission Pets,
allowing the company to expand beyond mass retail, where it is a
major industry player, said company officials. Harry Barker products
will continue to be sold through retailers such as Neiman Marcus,
Nordstrom, Lands’ End and L.L.Bean, along with specialty boutiques,
home and gift shops, pet stores and premium online retailers.
“There’s a lot of sameness in the industry, but Harry Barker is
special—we see tremendous opportunity to grow brand awareness
and thoughtfully cultivate this business,” said Carmine Petruzello,
CEO of Mission Pets in San Francisco.
Founded in 1997 by former fashion model Carol Perkins, Harry
Barker makes an array of pet toys, beds, treats, storage canisters,
bowls and spa products, all designed to beautify the home and bring
joy to pets and pet owners alike. Perkins will continue to lead the
brand’s product design as creative director.
“I’m delighted that the partnership with Mission Pets will give
us the resources to grow our assortment of handsomely designed,
sustainably made pet items while giving me the opportunity to focus on what I love most—product design and development,” Perkins said.