MAUMEE, OHIO — The Andersons has added to its pet food portfolio with the completion of its purchase of ACJ International LLC and its subsidiaries, an ingredient, logistics, and supply chain management company that focuses on the pet food ingredient industry.
“The pet food industry continues to increase its demand for high-quality and responsibly sourced ingredients,” said Weston Heide, senior vice president for The Andersons Trade and Processing. “This acquisition expands our portfolio of ingredients while also enhancing our supply chain services throughout the central region of the US to provide further support for our customers in the pet food markets.”
The purchase includes ACJ’s headquarters in Lake St. Louis, Mo., and its facility locations in Joplin, Mo.; Webb City, Mo.; and Monroe, Wis. Financial terms were not disclosed.
ACJ sources quality ingredients and offers them in whole or ground and in bulk, totes or bags customer convenience. Some of the most popular ingredients include barley, brewers yeast, dried yeast, peas, sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, carrots, animal proteins and animal meals. The company offers global supply chain management, dry ingredients blending, warehousing and fulfillment, transloading to truck or rail, repackaging and grinding among its services.
“We are excited to be joining an organization with such a rich history and deep roots in agriculture,” said Michael Peterson, president of ACJ International. “Being a part of The Andersons will provide our customers access to an expanded portfolio of ingredients and services while maintaining high standards of quality, integrity, and transparency.”
The ACJ purchase follows The Andersons’ acquisition of Bridge Agri Partners in November. Bridge Agri Partners specializes in providing ingredients to the pet food industry in the central region of the United States and Canada.
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