Armstrong Milling Acquires Scotts Canadian Wild Bird Food Business

Acquisition includes the Morning Melodies™ and Nutri Thrive™ brands as well as the license to market and produce Scotts® branded Wild Bird Food products in Canada. These premium graded products will enhance and complement the Armstrong Milling Canadian product line.

Hagersville – Ontario – Armstrong Milling Company Limited, a leading Canadian manufacturer of premium wild bird and caged pet food announced today that it reached an agreement to acquire Scotts’ Canadian wild bird food business from subsidiaries of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company for an undisclosed sum. This includes the Morning Melodies™ and Nutri Thrive™ brands.

This acquisition expands the product selection at Armstrong Milling. By adding the Marketing and Selling focus on these brands to the Armstrong family, it will expand the ability for Armstrong to communicate and educate the benefits of wild bird feeding to consumers. Armstrong Milling is committed to being the best supplier of wild bird seed products through its integrity and customer service.

“Armstrong has been packaging the Scotts brands for over seven years in Canada and is excited to take on the Canadian leadership role and perspective along with marketing a great Canadian brand”. says Ken Zantingh, Co-founder and principle of Armstrong Milling. “We expect to supply the customer base 100% complete and on time over the transition period and for many years to come.”

Consumers of both Armstrong brands and Scotts’ wild bird food brands will enjoy the same top-quality products. As one of the first wild bird food manufacturers to achieve a Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level 3 certificate, from NSF International, Armstrong will continue to lead the industry in manufacturing and on quality.

About Armstrong Milling:

Over 60 employees at Armstrong Milling manufacture more than 400 Wild Bird and Caged Pet products. In 1986, it was evident there was a need in the Southern Ontario Market place for a packer of quality bird food. Over the last 27 years, Armstrong has continued to invest in its infrastructure and employees. In 2013, the addition of a state of the art 12,000 square foot warehouse with new roll through racking was built to keep the code dated “fresh wild bird food” flowing. Armstrong will have over 50,000 square feet of facilities to support its customers’ needs by the end of summer 2014. In 2013 a new production line added significant excess capacity to meet the growing needs of this expanding category. The mill has been fully refurbished from grain receiving to consumer packaged product shipping in the last five years.

Media Contact:
Robert Gunstone, Sales and Marketing Manager

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