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Del Monte Turns Attention to Pet Industry

Posted: Oct. 11, 2013, 12:45 p.m. EDT

Del Monte Foods, whose pet brands include Meow Mix, Kibbles ’n Bits and Milk-Bone, reported Thursday that it will focus on pet products exclusively after the $1.7 billion sale of its consumer lines.

The San Francisco company will transfer its consumer products business to Philippines-based Del Monte Pacific Ltd. in a deal expected to close in early 2014.

The company also is planning a name change to reflect its growing interest in the $21 billion-a-year U.S. pet food market.

 9Lives Milk-Bone
9Lives and Milk-Bone are among numerous pet products manufactured by Del Monte Foods.
"We believe [Del Monte Pacific] is the right company to build on the consumer products segment’s recent success and achieve its next phase of growth,” said Dave West, CEO of Del Monte Foods. "We look forward to focusing on expanding our pet products business, which operates in one of the most attractive categories across the U.S. consumer packaged goods industry.”

Del Monte’s consumer products division sells canned vegetables, packaged fruits, snack foods, and sauces and condiments under the Del Monte, Contadina and S&W brands.

The company’s private-label and branded pet consumables also include such lines as 9Lives cat food, Gravy Train dog food and Milo’s Kitchen dog treats. A recent addition was Natural Balance Pet Foods, a brand co-founded by actor Dick Van Patten and sold to Del Monte earlier this year.

The pet segment generated slightly more than half of Del Monte’s $3.8 billion in sales in fiscal 2013.


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