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Nestle Purina in “talks” to purchase Champion Pet Food

Discussion in 'Doberman Nutritional Care' started by Viemarangelrock, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. Viemarangelrock

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    Nestle Purina in “talks” to purchase Champion Pet Food
    By Susan Thixton
    - July 2, 2018
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    Per the Wall Street Journal “Nestlé is in talks to acquire a majority stake in Canada’s Champion Petfoods for more than $2 billion…”

    The Wall Street Journal article states “Nestlé’s interest in Champion comes about a year after the company first disclosed a far-reaching plan to revive its stock price by investing in areas such as pet care…”

    “The acquisition of Champion could help Nestlé sustain the momentum of its pet-food operation, while providing the Edmonton, Alberta-based company with a broader customer base to sell to. Champion, as a closely held company, doesn’t disclose financial information. But it and other natural pet-food makers are growing faster than more traditional rivals as more health-conscious consumers increasingly do for their pets what they do for themselves by buying more natural food and high-end treats.”

    If the sale goes through…will consumers buy Orijen and Acana if it is a Purina product? Will independent pet food stores continue to sell the brands?



    Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

    Susan Thixton
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    Nestle Purina in "talks" to purchase Champion Pet Food
     
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  2. Rits

    Rits Admin Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    :( Well, I'll be changing foods if this happens.
     
  3. strykerdobe

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    It would not cost much more to switch to Raw for what Orijen costs?
     
  4. Rits

    Rits Admin Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Here it does cost more. Trust me since I switched off of Raw after 2 years and back to the highest quality kibble I can buy. I dont have the advantage or space for a deep freezer to stock up in bulk on raw sales, so it definitely costs more. When I do have my own place, I will be switching back to raw.
     
  5. Drogon

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    While we have certainly seen the speculation in media reports about Champion Petfoods’ future, we hope you can appreciate that it is our policy to never comment on rumours or speculation in the market. Rumours about Champion being sold have been circulating over the past few years and will continue for as long we deliver on our promise to make the world’s best pet food under our ACANA and ORIJEN brands.

    Champion Petfoods continues to be privately held with investment from our Canadian partner, Bedford Capital, and our vision remains—build trust with Pet Lovers everywhere. We are focused every day on delivering on our commitment to provide our customers with the world’s best pet food and the highest quality service.
     
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  6. strykerdobe

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    They haven't denied that they were not in talks?
    This statement is Corporate :blah::blah::blah::blah:
     
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  7. Gelcoater

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    Another one bites the dust...
     
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  8. strykerdobe

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    Gel if someone offered you over $2 Billion What would you do???
     
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  9. Gelcoater

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    No, I agree. It would be foolish to not be in talks with numbers like that. Just a bit disappointing, and I don’t even feed these foods in jeopardy.
    Just another example of corporatism overtaking a market.
     
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  10. strykerdobe

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    Yes very disappointing! We used to feed them years ago then switched to Raw.
    I would tell everyone to switch their dogs to Orijen or Acana.
    Corporate greed and making money for shareholders comes first!
     
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  11. strykerdobe

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    Well I wonder if this lawsuit has anything to do with Talks?

    Judge rules Champion Lawsuit will continue
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    Champion’s request to dismiss was denied in part, and approved in part. And with what will continue, is a very interesting twist that could have other pet food manufacturers scrambling to clean up their claims.
    http://truthaboutpetfood.com/judge-rules-champion-lawsuit-will-continue/
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    Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
    Susan Thixton
    Pet Food Safety Advocate
    Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
    TruthaboutPetFood.com
    Association for Truth in Pet Food

    Become a member of our pet food consumer Association. Association for Truth in Pet Food is a a stakeholder organization representing the voice of pet food consumers at AAFCO and with FDA. Your membership helps representatives attend meetings and voice consumer concerns with regulatory authorities. Click Here to learn more.
    What’s in Your Pet’s Food?
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    Judge rules Champion Lawsuit will continue
    By Susan Thixton
    - July 3, 2018

    Champion’s request to dismiss was denied in part, and approved in part. And with what will continue, is a very interesting twist that could have other pet food manufacturers scrambling to clean up their claims.

    Judge J. P. Stadtmueller has ruled that the class action lawsuit against Champion Pet Food will continue. In response to the initial complaint, Champion requested the court dismiss the case. The judge agreed some counts should be dismissed, but he ruled that other will continue.

    From the court’s decision:

    Plaintiff filed this class action on March 28, 2018. She alleges that she and her fellow class members purchased Defendants’ dog foods because Defendants advertise them as high-quality products which contain ingredients fit for human consumption. This latter assertion is, of course, merely an advertising ploy—people are not expected to eat the dog food.

    When a pet food manufacturer makes the claim “ingredients fit for human consumption” – that should never be “an advertising ploy”. And later in the Judge’s decision, he states Champion’s claim of “ingredients fit for human consumption” will need to be verified.

    What Defendants need to counter Plaintiff’s allegations is additional evidence on what constitutes “safe” concentrations of heavy metals in dog food and what is meant by “fit for human consumption.”

    This brings up an interesting point, which I hope attorney’s on both sides argue. If a pet food company is claiming “ingredients fit for human consumption” – whether it be directly or indirectly through images on packaging or website – should the court require them to prove that claim?

    Consumers answering that question would say “yes”. “Ingredients fit for human consumption” in a pet food is significant – considering the FDA and each State Department of Agriculture allows diseased animal material and condemned ingredients (feed grade) into pet food. The court certainly needs a better understanding that pet food is allowed by regulatory authorities to violate law and deceive consumers. Discussion/explanation of what pet ‘food’ really consists of in a courtroom could prove to be a well needed education for Judges.

    And another question…if a pet food manufacturer makes the claim “ingredients fit for human consumption” – should that pet food be held to the safety levels of heavy metals and other contaminants of human food?

    From the Judge’s decision:


    Defendants claim that they provide “The World’s Best Petfood.” Id. at 3. Orijen is touted as “the fullest expression of our biologically appropriate and fresh regional ingredients commitment,” containing “unmatched inclusions of free-run poultry, wild-caught fish and whole nest-laid eggs—sustainably farmed or fished in our region and delivered daily, fresh or raw and preservative-free.” Id. Orijen further claims that it “features fresh, raw or dehydrated ingredients from minimally processed poultry, fish and eggs that are deemed fit for human consumption prior to inclusion in our foods.”

    Defendants’ alleged misrepresentations fall on both sides of this line. Their claim of having “The World’s Best Petfood” is clearly a statement of opinion. By contrast, whether the products’ ingredients are “fit for human consumption” is a disputable fact. The same is true for the assertions that the products are “biologically appropriate,” “minimally processed,” and “fresh.” While less definite than being “fit for human consumption,” these other claims may also be proven or refuted with evidence.

    Plaintiff asserts that, contrary to Defendants’ representations, the products are not of high quality. Id. Rather, they contain “excessive” and “dangerous” levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, rendering them unfit for human consumption.

    Champion Pet Food has defended their products in this lawsuit and publicly with a “White Paper”. But it might turn out that Champion’s White Paper will be further foundation against them (not necessarily in their defense).

    Defendants also claim that the White Paper proves that they thought their products were safe and of good quality. Assuming the White Paper could be considered, Plaintiff’s allegations imply that it was a ruse, and that Defendants knew the conclusions stated therein were false.

    The Judge concluded with this:

    The thrust of Defendants’ motion is to bristle at Plaintiff’s allegations and call them slander. Defendants’ displeasure at her accusations is no basis for dismissing them, however. Although certain of Plaintiff’s claims are properly dismissed, her primary theory survives. This matter must be resolved by reference to evidence, not pleadings.

    Basically, the Judge has ruled “evidence” must be provided by Champion Pet Food regarding all of their marketing claims. This will be an interesting lawsuit to follow.

    To read the full decision of the Judge, click here.

    To read the original complaint filed in the lawsuit, click here.



    Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

    Susan Thixton
    Pet Food Safety Advocate
    Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
    TruthaboutPetFood.com
    Association for Truth in Pet Food

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    Become a member of our pet food consumer Association. Association for Truth in Pet Food is a a stakeholder organization representing the voice of pet food consumers at AAFCO and with FDA. Your membership helps representatives attend meetings and voice consumer concerns with regulatory authorities. Click Here to learn more.

    What’s in Your Pet’s Food?
    Is your dog or cat eating risk ingredients? Chinese imports? Petsumer Report tells the ‘rest of the story’ on over 5,000 cat foods, dog foods, and pet treats. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. Click Here to preview Petsumer Report. www.PetsumerReport.com

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  12. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    Money always comes first. Who wouldn't take a 2 billion payday? I checked out the FB link as well and a lot of people are threatening to leave the brand if it's taken over. The good news is that people seem to have some level of awareness over the Purina connection. On the flip side, Acana has solid proof that they could raise their prices yet again and the kibble feeders would stay. Win-win either way. Make 2 B on your own! I check the price of Acana occasionally as a reality check for what I could have already spent vs raw, and I was stunned to learn my original bag of Acana Ranchlands (beef), was $67 and now it's $89. Kaiser was maybe on it for a total of 6 months? And he's only 2 now. That's quite the increase in a short time.
     
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  13. strykerdobe

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    By Tim Wall
    on July 3, 2018
    Nestle may purchase Champion Petfoods for US$2 billion
    Nestle’s consideration of Champion may be related to pressure from activist investor Daniel Loeb.

    Nestle is in talks to purchase dog and cat food and treats maker Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based Champion Petfoods for more than US$2 billion, although the transaction is not assured, reported the Wall Street Journal.

    Nestle’s consideration of Champion may be related to pressure from activist investor Daniel Loeb, who recently published a letter criticizing Nestle for not delivering increased profits for shareholders quickly enough.

    Background of Champion Petfoods
    According to Petfood Industry’s Top Companies database, In 2017, Champion had annual revenue of US$180,000,000. Champion employs approximately 500 people at its two plants.

    Champion Petfoods uses fresh, regionally obtained ingredients to produce dry and freeze-dried food and treats for dogs and cats, under the brands Orijen and Arcana. The company focuses on what it considers to be 'biologically appropriate,' protein-rich, grain-free petfood. Ingredients include free-range poultry, free-range red meat, and wild-caught fish. Champion company produces its food in Canada and in 2016 it opened a facility in the US. Champion opened its first production facility in the US, a 371,000-square-foot. site on 85 acres in Kentucky. Called DogStar Kitchens, the plant’s annual capacity is 100 metric tons for Champion's Acana and Orijen brands. Champion exports to more than 80 countries worldwide.

    Background of Nestle Purina PetCare
    Long a leader in the US market, Nestlé Purina also operates pet food factories in 19 countries and on every habitable continent. Nestlé Purina claims three headquarters globally: St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for its North American and Latin American operations; Lausanne, Switzerland, in Europe; and Sydney, Australia, covering Asia, Oceania and Africa. Its parent company Nestlé's world headquarters are in Vevey, Switzerland.

    In 2017, Purina PetCare reached US$12,500,000,000 in annual revenue. Purina had 46 production plants and 58 facilities in total. The company employs approximately 14,500 people around the world.
     
  14. strykerdobe

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    Now another Lawsuit filed against Champion Pet Foods! For their Cat foods!

    Another Champion Pet Food Lawsuit, Now it is Cat Food
    By Susan Thixton
    - July 18, 2018

    Champion Pet Food is facing another class action lawsuit, this time regarding Orijen and Acana Cat Food.

    Filed in Illinois on June 22, 2018 – is another class action lawsuit against Champion Pet Food “for their negligent, reckless, and/or intentional practice of misrepresenting and failing to fully disclose the presence of heavy metals and toxins in their pet food sold throughout the United States.” This particular lawsuit is specific to Orijen and Acana Cat Food. The foundation of this Champion Cat Food lawsuit is similar to the previous dog food lawsuit, the pet food company is accused of selling cat food that “contain levels of arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium, and/or bisphenol A (“BPA”) — all known to pose health risks to humans and animals, including cats.”

    The lawsuit provides the following lab results:

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    Excerpts from the lawsuit:

    Arsenic is deadly to cats in doses of just one to twelve milligrams per pound of body weight.

    The Contaminated Cat Foods contain arsenic, which can affect the gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems, as well as lead to circulatory collapse.

    Additionally, the Contaminated Cat Foods contain mercury, which can cause damage to the kidneys and to the cardiovascular, nervous, and neurological systems in cats.

    Side note: Both the dog food lawsuit and this cat food lawsuit quotes Champion Pet Foods trademarked claim of “Biologically Appropriate”. It appears someone else has challenged Champion with this trademark and won. Champion Pet Food cancelled their trademark in June 2018.

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    You can read the full lawsuit Here.

    You can contact the law firm Here.



    Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

    Susan Thixton
    Pet Food Safety Advocate
    Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
    TruthaboutPetFood.com
    Association for Truth in Pet Food

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    Become a member of our pet food consumer Association. Association for Truth in Pet Food is a a stakeholder organization representing the voice of pet food consumers at AAFCO and with FDA. Your membership helps representatives attend meetings and voice consumer concerns with regulatory authorities. Click Here to learn more.

    What’s in Your Pet’s Food?
    Is your dog or cat eating risk ingredients? Chinese imports? Petsumer Report tells the ‘rest of the story’ on over 5,000 cat foods, dog foods, and pet treats. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. Click Here to preview Petsumer Report. www.PetsumerReport.com

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    The 2018 List
    Susan’s List of trusted pet foods. Click Here to learn more.



    Have you read Buyer Beware? Click Here

    Cooking pet food made easy, Dinner PAWsible

    Find Healthy Pet Foods in Your Area Click Here
     
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