Global Harvest Foods Acquires Scotts’ U.S. Wild-Bird Food Business
Global Harvest Foods, a wild- and caged-bird food, and small-critter feed manufacturer based in Seattle, has acquired the U.S. wild-bird food business from subsidiaries of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. The acquisition includes Songbird Selections, Morning Song and Country Pride brands.
This acquisition expands Global Harvest’s production capabilities into key market areas that represent a significant portion of the U.S. market. The company will acquire the Scotts birdseed manufacturing plant in Reynolds, Ind., and it will continue production in Doland, S.D., and Uvalde, Texas.
Global Harvest currently operates from eight facilities nationwide, and the addition of these manufacturing plants supplements Global Harvest’s national footprint, giving the company new regional service capabilities that benefit retailers with reduced ingredient and freight costs, quicker fulfillment times and increased inventory turnover.
“Scotts is the world’s leading marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products,” said Ed Mills, co-founder and principal of Global Harvest Foods. “Acquiring their wild-bird food business allows us to expand our retail relationships with a broader product offering, while maintaining our diligent customer service and product-quality focus. During this time, we strive to make the transition as smooth as possible for the retailers and customers of both companies.”
As one of the first wild-bird food manufacturers to earn compliance under the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act, Global Harvest will continue to follow stringent food safety and manufacturing processes in its newly acquired facilities.
“While we have made a strategic decision to exit the U.S. wild-bird food business, Global Harvest stands out as a leader in the industry when it comes to the core values of quality customer service and producing the finest in seed and bird-food products,” said Mike Lukemire, Scotts Miracle-Gro executive vice president and chief business operations officer. “This is why we selected them for this transaction. We care about our customers, and this development will ensure that our customers continue to receive high-quality products.”
Currently, Global Harvest products are sold under the Audubon Park label and various store brands in more than 40,000 mass merchants, grocers and specialty retailers throughout the United Sates.
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