GAFFNEY, SC – Wilbur-Ellis Company has acquired Allied Premium Protein (APP), a division of Brown Packing Co. Inc.

Wilbur-Ellis said the APP acquisition is a strategic complement to the expansion of its feed division. Wilbur-Ellis has added marketing offices in in Wichita, Kan., Raleigh, NC, Richmond, Va., Guelph, Ontario, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"Our Feed Division has grown significantly over the last decade, and we plan to continue to make substantial investments in this area," said John Thacher, president and CEO of Wilbur-Ellis. "This acquisition is an exciting investment that is highly aligned with our long-term growth strategy for our Feed Division. APP shares our dedication to quality, and its business will allow us to source the best possible ingredients for customers in this geography, as well as create tremendous opportunities for Wilbur-Ellis in Asia because of its proximity to the inland port in Greer and the ports of Charleston and Savannah."

Wilbur-Ellis is a marketer and distributor of value-added feed ingredients for the aquaculture, livestock and pet food industries in North America and Asia-Pacific. APP is a supplier of high-end animal protein meals.

"Wilbur-Ellis brings a significant advantage to our existing business through their network, and they share our commitment to integrity, quality, and supply chain safety," said Jim Brown, president of Brown Packing Co. Inc. "We're excited and ready to fully embrace Wilbur-Ellis' leadership, guidance and operational standards, and we look forward to working with the Wilbur-Ellis team to grow the business and explore new opportunities."

Brown Packing will continue to operate its beef operation located in Gaffney.