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Milk Specialties Global acquires Merrick's product lines

Milk Specialties Global acquires milk replacer and hi fat products to expand its milk replacer and protein encapsulated fat business.

Milk Specialties Global, a supplier of functional fats, proteins and carbohydrates for livestock producers worldwide, announced Oct. 3 the acquisition of the milk replacer and hi fat businesses of Merrick Animal Nutrition Inc. (Merrick's), a manufacturer of animal nutrition and animal feed products.

The acquisition was scheduled to take place on Oct. 2, with production of those product lines shifting to Milk Specialties Global as of that date.

Merrick's has a solid reputation of providing producers with high-quality animal nutrition products, and both companies have full confidence that Merrick's customers will see a smooth and beneficial transition to Milk Specialties Global, according to the announcement.

"Milk Specialties Global Animal Nutrition is very excited to announce the acquisition of Merrick's Inc. milk replacer and hi fat product lines,” said Mark Nelson, president of animal nutrition at Milk Specialties Global. “This acquisition is a great fit for our company and aligns with our strategy to significantly grow our milk replacer and protein encapsulated fat business. Due to our continued growth, we have invested in automation and increased production capacity at our existing plants, and we will be able to manufacture this new business at our current facilities in New Holstein and Boscobel, Wis. All customers of Milk Specialties Global will not notice any changes to order lead time and level of service.”

To help with the transition, Scott Mulrooney, previous territory manager for Merrick's, joins Milk Specialties Global as a national account manager. Nelson said Mulrooney will be a great addition to the Animal Nutrition team and "will be assisting existing Merrick's Inc. customers to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.”

Founded in 1949, Milk Specialties Global is a leading human and animal nutrition company. Its Human Nutrition business unit is a manufacturer of whey and milk protein ingredients used primarily in the sports nutrition and functional food end markets. The company's Animal Nutrition business unit offers innovative and science-based products for the dairy industry. It is also a supplier of milk replacer and milk replacer ingredients for calves in the U.S.

Merrick's began selling dairy products to the feed industry in 1959. The company has a full line of milk replacers for calves, baby pigs, lambs, kids and foals. Going forward, Merrick's with continue with its specialty product lines of Blue Ribbon electrolytes, additives, fortifiers, boluses, Type B medicated feed and Super-Calf bottles and nipples nursing equipment.

As Merrick’s continues to provide producers with innovative products targeting the survival and health of young animals, Merrick's president and chief executive officer Johanna Kuehn said, “Merrick’s and its employees look forward to maintaining the long-time relationships and support of their valued customers.”

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