Zuke’s Merges with Merrick
Zuke’s Pet Nutrition, a natural dog treat and supplement
maker, and Merrick Pet Care, which makes natural and
organic pet food, will merge to build one organization to
better serve pet specialty and to realize Zuke’s growth
potential, according to company officials.
Zuke’s is currently based in Durango, Colo., and will
continue to have a presence there as an innovation hub,
given the company’s Colorado roots that serve as inspira-
tion for its natural treat options. Other business functions
will be consolidated within Merrick Pet Care, which
is based in Amarillo, Texas.
Both Zuke’s and Merrick are a part of St. Lou-is-based Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. Merrick continues
to operate independently from Purina. The integration is expected to be completed this spring.
“When you take our strong legacy and deep exper-
tise in natural treats plus Merrick Pet Care’s premi-
um, fast-growing brands, you have a terrific recipe for
success in pet specialty,” said Brent Gleckler, general
manager for Zuke’s. “We’re looking forward to this
next phase of our growth.”
Greg Shearson, CEO
of Merrick Pet Care, said this
change serves to build one or-
ganization that is even stron-
ger than the sum of its parts,
dedicated to pet specialty.
“We are excited to have the
Zuke’s business join our portfolio,” Shearson said. “This is
a great fit as both Merrick and
Zuke’s were built by passionate founders determined to
provide optimal nutrition for
pets. Together, we can better
meet the growing demand for
the highest-quality pet food
DOG CARE FACILITY
FRANCHISE LOOKS TO
The Dog Stop, an all-inclusive dog care facility with
locations in four states, plans
to expand to more markets
across the country.
With 10 locations already
open—half of which have
opened in the past three
franchise, which offers day
care, boarding, grooming,
obedience training, in-home
services, dog walking and a
retail store, expects to open
10 to 12 new locations nationwide in 2018 and have
as many as 75 total facilities
over the next five years.
Franchise deals totaling
more than 40 stores have
already been signed in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware,
Florida, Louisiana, Ohio,
Pennsylvania and Texas.