Posted: Aug. 5, 2013, 5:15 p.m. EDT
Zeus & Co., a leading distributor of pet products in the Midwest, today reported the company’s sale to East Coast wholesaler Pet Food Experts Inc.
The U.S. pet industry has been marked over the past year by a wave of distributor mergers, ranging from Animal Supply Co.’s purchase of five competitors to Phillips Pet Food & Supplies’ takeover of four companies.
The latest sale will see Zeus owner David Levy stay on as president of Pet Food Experts’ new Zeus unit. The terms of the transaction were not released.
Pet Food Experts is expanding into the Midwest with its purchase of Zeus & Co.
Family-owned Pet Food Experts will grow to cover 21 states from warehouses in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The company, based in Cumberland, R.I., won wide respect in 2012 by earning three top honors—Outstanding Sales Support, Outstanding Marketing and Promotions, and Outstanding Logistics and Operations—from the Pet Industry Distributors Association.
"We are excited about bringing our family-style personal relationships to Midwest retailers,” said Michael Baker
, president of Pet Food Experts.
Zeus’ distribution center in Des Plaines, Ill., will serve independent retailers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri.
Levy started the company, named after his late Rottweiler Zeus, in 1997. His West Coast division, Zeus & Co. California (West), was sold to Animal Supply in December 2012.
Seattle-based Animal Supply
has gone on a buying binge, purchasing Lone Star Pet Supply of Schertz, Texas, in November 2012 and in recent months Wholesome Pet Distributing of Orrville, Ohio; Summit Pet Product Distributors of Greensboro, N.C.; and Pet Food Wholesale Inc. of Brea, Calif.
in June acquired PFX Pet Supply of West Sacramento, Calif., and PFX sister companies Pet Food Ltd. of Tampa, Fla., and Denver-based Pet Food Ltd. Colorado. Easton, Pa.-based Phillips entered the aquatics sector in March with the purchase of Royal Pet Supplies of Brentwood, N.Y.
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