Cargill to acquire Pet Carousel

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WICHITA, Kan. – Cargill plans to acquire Pet Carousel, a Sanger, Calif.-based manufacturer of private label dog treats. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Cargill believes Pet Carousel will complement its California distribution and beef processing business. The company expects Pet Carousel to benefit from Cargill's distribution network and supplies of high-quality beef, pork and turkey.

“From Cargill’s perspective, Pet Carousel has a lot to offer in the way of synergies with our existing animal protein and distribution businesses,” said John Niemann, president of Wichita-based Cargill Food Distribution.

Pet Carousel produces and markets Roper brand cotton blend chew ropes, Choo Hooves natural bones and chews and a line of natural white meat chicken and jerky, and sweet potato and vegetable chews. The company operates a 36,000-sq.-ft. facility with 25 full-time employees.

“I am extremely excited to join forces with Cargill in a venture devoted to meeting consumer needs, while also allowing us to showcase our natural pet products to more customers,” said Troy Becker, president of Pet Carousel. Becker will join Cargill and work from the Sanger facility. He is the son of founder Gary Becker.
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