Alliance Group acquires stake in Meateor’s New Zealand pet food business

7 Mar 2019

Leading food and solutions company Alliance Group has entered into an agreement with Scales Corporation to acquire a 50% interest in Meateor’s New Zealand pet food business as the cooperative seeks to capture more value for its farmer-shareholders.

Meateor is a processor and marketer of high-quality pet food ingredients to global pet food customers and Alliance Group is a supplier of raw materials to this sector.

Under the terms of the joint venture, Alliance will pay $15 million to acquire a 50% interest in Meateor’s New Zealand business. The new joint venture business is valued at $30 million and is funded equally by both partners.

Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor said the investment in Meateor reflects the cooperative’s strategic focus on creating value-add solutions.

“The joint venture extends Alliance’s downstream reach, allows Alliance to become vertically integrated and ensures we have an end-to-end connection with the market.

“It will mean Alliance can capture more value for each animal, shifting us further up the value chain. As a co-operative, we will be ensuring those gains go to our farmer-shareholders.

“The business provides us with immediate and direct access to the highly attractive and growing global pet food market. This investment also gives Alliance Group the leading position in New Zealand pet food market with Meateor operating processing plants in both the North and South Islands.

“Meateor has established itself as a strong domestic and international pet food ingredients business, and we are pleased to be partnering with their high quality team. We admire Meateor’s excellent customer service, commitment to employees, and high operating standards, and believe they align well with our goals at Alliance.”

The partners are keen to progress opportunities to further develop and grow the business, said Mr Surveyor.

“This acquisition comes with a highly capable management team at Meateor, a strong partner in Scales Corporation and the delivery of immediate earnings for Alliance and our farmer shareholders.

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