SAN FRANCISCO — Big Heart Pet Brands on Wednesday announced its launch as the largest standalone pet food-and-snack company in North America. The creation of Big Heart Pet Brands comes on the heels of the company's sale of its consumer products division to Del Monte Pacific Limited, which closed on Feb. 18, 2014.
The new name mirrors the company's focus on the pet products market. Big Heart Pet Brands will continue to deliver such brands as Milk Bone, Meow Mix, Kibbles 'n Bits and Nature's Recipe, among others.
“As a standalone pet products company, Big Heart Pet Brands will be singularly focused on capturing growth opportunities in the expanding $21 billion pet products category,” said Dave West, president and CEO, Big Heart Pet Brands. “We are uniquely positioned with a powerful and broad pet portfolio, strong position in key pet food categories, robust business fundamentals and a commitment to creating a better future for pets by nurturing the bond between pets and the people who love them.”
Big Heart Pet Brands will remain headquartered in San Francisco, with office presences in Pittsburgh and Burbank, Calif. It will also maintain its existing pet food and snack manufacturing plants, distribution centers and sales offices.