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W.F. Young Acquires Designing Health, Maker of The Missing Link



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W. F. Young Inc., the East Longmeadow, Mass., maker of Absorbine has purchased the assets of Designing Health Inc., the manufacturer and marketer of The Missing Link brand of supplements for dogs, cats, birds, small animals and horses.

Chris Jacobi, president of W. F. Young, and Joy Collett, owner of Designing Health Inc., made the announcement yesterday.

“Selling The Missing Link was a very difficult decision for me,” said Collett. “It was my husband’s heart and soul for so many years, and reflected his deep personal passion for all animals. The most important factor in my decision was finding a company that would carry his vision forward. The similarities between our two companies, starting with the fact that both were founded because of a personal passion for animals, plus a continued dedication to providing the best possible products, made W. F. Young the right choice to steward The Missing Link in the future.”

“We are more than pleased to have the opportunity to continue the legacy that Dr. Collett created with The Missing Link, and it’s a perfect complement to our recent acquisition of Pure Ocean Botanicals,” said Ken Oh, general manager, pet division at W. F. Young. “Both companies match our existing philosophy and way of doing business, namely, offering quality products intended to enhance the lives of our pets.”

Founded in 1892 by Wilbur Fenelon Young and his wife Mary Ida, W. F. Young has manufactured and distributed healthcare products under the Absorbine name for more than120 years.

In the early 1990s, veterinarian Dr. Robert Collett began research into the degenerative disease processes he observed in patients at his veterinary clinic in Sylmar, Calif. Convinced that there was a nutritional gap between what animals ate in the wild—nutritionally dense, whole, raw and fresh foods—and modern pet foods, Dr. Collett developed and patented cold processing methods and supplement formulas for pets targeting this nutritional gap.

For more information, visit absorbine.com.

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