Zuke's Merges with Merrick in Texas
Zuke’s Pet Nutrition, a natural dog treat and supplement maker, and Merrick Pet Care, which makes natural and organic pet food, will join together 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 inspiration 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. Louis-based Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, representing the company’s dedication to the growing natural pet food and treats segment in pet specialty, officials said. Merrick continues to operate independently from Purina. The integration is expected to be completed this spring.
“When you take our strong legacy and deep expertise in natural treats plus Merrick Pet Care’s premium, fast-growing brands, you have a terrific recipe for success in pet specialty,” said Brent Gleckler, general manager for Zuke’s Pet Nutrition. “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 organization that is even stronger than the sum of its parts, dedicated to pet specialty.
“We are excited to have the Zuke’s business join our portfolio,” said Shearson. “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 and treats.”