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Old 05-23-2013, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Natural Balance bought by Del Monte Foods

Sigh. I am not optimistic about Del Monte keeping the NB a decent food.

Del Monte Foods Buys Natural Balance Pet Foods | Dog Food Advisor

May 22, 2013 – Del Monte Foods has announced it has purchased Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods in a recent merger agreement.

Del Monte is one of the nation’s largest producers of pet food and pet treat products. The giant corporation generated net sales of about $3.7 billion last year.

Del Monte Foods’ portfolio of pet food and snack brands includes:
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9Lives
Meow Mix
Milk-Bone
Pup-Peroni
Gravy Train
Milo’s Kitchen
Kibbles ‘n Bits
Nature’s Recipe
Canine Carry Outs
And many others

Natural Balance Pet Foods was founded in 1989 by Dick Van Patten and Joey Herrick. The company now offers more than 225 different dog and cat products.

Natural Balance products include:
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Natural Balance Organic
Natural Balance Eatables
Delectable Delights Stews
Natural Balance Alpha Dog
Natural Balance L.I.D. Diets
Natural Balance Ultra Pet Foods
And many others

The purchase price and financial terms have not yet been disclosed. The merger includes all Natural Balance brands, products and other trademarks.

The companies expect the deal to close in mid-June.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm pretty bummed to see this happen


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If they are smart they will keep the brand separate from the others. But I
think cheap greeder food will follow for profit!
Our cats are on Natural Balance. Glad there are lots of other great foods to choose from.

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Oh my.....that is dismaying. Or! Del Monte will turn their pet products around because of the good example set by Natural Balance?

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