KORTRIJK, BELGIUM — Edgard & Cooper, a manufacturer of premium dog and cat food, recently closed its funding round with €20 million ($21.71 million USD) in investments. The round was led by The Craftory, a consumer-packaged goods investment fund, and received participation from DLF Venture.

Founded in 2016, Edgard & Cooper offers high-quality pet food products that boast a limited environmental impact. The company’s products are formulated with fresh ingredients and packaged in environmentally friendly packaging. Edgard & Cooper offers dry and wet dog and cat food, as well as various treats for dogs.

“Edgard & Cooper's approach is the best proof for us that a serious focus on the welfare of the animals and their owners doesn't stand in the way of a successful growth story,” said Elio Leoni Sceti, co-founder of The Craftory. “We're convinced that in the future, pet owners will focus even more on the origin and quality of their dog or cat's food and its ecological impact. Edgard & Cooper has proven that they're not only ready for this evolution, but also willing to help initiate it and determine the rules of the game."

Edgard & Cooper plans to use the funds to accelerate product development and continue its growth in the Pan-European pet food market.

Over the past two years, the company has significantly expanded, launching a plant-based dog food line in 2021, debuting a “junk-free” cat food line in 2022, and establishing its Zero Paw Print 2025 plan with plans to become carbon neutral by 2025. The company recently received B Corp certification in 2022.

“For us, this new investment by The Craftory and DLF Venture is the recognition that we're on the right track,” said Koen Bostoen, Louis Chalabi and Jürgen Degrande, founders of Edgard & Cooper. “From the beginning, it's been our aim to thoroughly shake up the dog and cat food industry, which is still almost entirely in the hands of a few major players. The fact that our approach is appreciated by pets and their owners motivates us to continue our work and to help transform this industry. An approach in which not only the financial performance is important, but also the impact on animals and our environment. The extra resources will be used to make our approach known to even more cat and dog owners locally and internationally and to further roll out the Zero Paw Print 2025 plan.”

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