InVivo expands into Brazil's pet food market

France-based InVivo Group has reached an agreement to acquire Brazil-based feed and pet food manufacturer Total Alimentos.

InVivo NSA, a subsidiary of France-based InVivo Group and a major player in animal nutrition and health sector, has reached an agreement to acquire Total Alimentos, the third-largest firm in Brazil's pet food market.

This acquisition confirms the InVivo NSA development strategy for the pet food and allows it to get a key position on the Brazilian market, the second-largest pet food market in the world after the U.S.

Total Alimentos generates revenues of $220 million and employs 1,400 people. The company has also key positions in dairy cattle, horse and aquaculture feed.

InVivo Animal Nutrition & Health, a subsidiary of InVivo Group, ranks among the leaders in the global animal feed sector and has been consolidating its position in the profitable and dynamic sector of pet food in emerging markets of Latin America and Asia.

Furthermore, in order to benefit from both the positive demographic trend and the fast growth of middle and upper classes in Latin America, InVivo NSA — which is already a leader in complete feed and aquaculture in Brazil — wants to accelerate its development in animal proteins sector.

Founded in 1975, Total Alimentos is a family-owned independent company that generates revenues of $220 million, has 1,400 employees and benefits from an extensive commercial network (21 distribution centers). The company operates mainly in two activities: pet food and animal nutrition.

Beyond that, the company benefits from a key position on the whole pet food segment (standard to super premium, snacks, etc.) and has a major industrial plant with production capabilities ranging from 350,000 to 400,000 tons per year (pet food and animal nutrition) located in Tres Coracoes in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

In addition, Total Alimentos exports to more than 40 countries, owns a world-recognized research center in pet food in partnership with the University of Illinois and benefits from a significant patent portfolio.

InVivo Animal Nutrition & Health Group operates five main businesses and employs 5,500 people in 20 countries. In 2012-13, the group reported revenues of $1.8 billion.

InVivo is a union of 223 farming cooperatives, which have a combined membership of more than 300,000 farmers. The group employs 6,600 people and reported revenue of $7 billion in its 2013-14 financial year.

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