Dog food producer is snaffled by listed group

Hull-based food producer Cranswick has acquired the entire issued share capital of Grove Pet Foods Limited, which is based in Lincoln.

Grove Pet Foods is a producer of dry dog food for several leading brands under private label relationships alongside its own brands including Vitalin (natural) and Alpha Feeds (working dog). It employs about 100 staff.  

John Walgate, managing director, will remain with and continue to lead the business. 

Adam Couch, Cranswick chief executive officer, said: “This acquisition represents a platform for future growth in the attractive UK pet food market and diversification into this complementary category for Cranswick. The existing facility has capacity and a footprint for further expansion.

“Grove Pet Foods has built a reputation for high quality products and service that is well aligned with Cranswick.

“The combined business will benefit from vertical integration opportunities within the group and particularly our fresh poultry and pork businesses.  We look forward to building on this and continuing to invest in the product range, facilities and the team over the years ahead.”