PDT Solicitors advises leading pet food producer and distributor Arden Grange Pet Foods
Published: 22 February 2022
We are delighted to have advised Wendy and Emma Stephens on the sale of Arden Grange Pet Foods to AlphaPet UK Venture Limited, one of Europe’s leading technology driven companies and multi-channel distributors of premium pet foods.
"Rebecca and her team at PDT were just brilliant. They advised us on all aspects of the deal in a calm and professional manner. They understood our position and we were able to make decisions in full knowledge of the different routes available to us. Rebecca was able to guide us through the process which was new to us and we felt we were in safe hands."
Wendy Stephens, Arden Grange
The sale of Arden Grange is a very British success story. Wendy Stephens and her late husband, Graham, were renowned for their expertise in breeding and showing highly acclaimed Ardenburg German Shepherds. Harnessing their knowledge of canine dietary requirements, they set up Arden Grange in 1996 with a mission to deliver nutrition without compromise for dogs and cats across the world.
The family owned and run business achieved their goal and Arden Grange is now one of the most recognised brands in the pet food market. Arden Grange products are available in over 30 countries worldwide, including well-known stores such as Pets at Home, Paws, Amazon and Zooplus.
AlphaPet, which is based in Germany, is expanding into the UK with nutrition and dog and cat well-being as their main priority, values they share with Arden Grange. The deal will enable the strong and well-positioned Arden Grange premium brands to break further into the European market.
“We worked on the deal for some time and there were a number of complex considerations which needed to be dealt with. PDT were proactive in responding to the circumstances and to give us the reassurance we needed in a clear way. We appreciate the advice given and would definitely recommend PDT to anyone going through a transaction process.”
The PDT team was led by partners Rebecca Glazebrook and Noel Ruddy (Corporate) and assisted by Sian Webber (Corporate), Victoria Jackson (Corporate), Laura McMaster (Employment), Ian Lindley (Commercial) and Craig Burton (Real Estate).
Rebecca commented, “We were all very excited to be able to work with Emma and Wendy on this deal as it’s not often you get to work with a household name. The process was conducted in an extremely collaborative manner which allowed us to overcome challenges as they arose in a seamless manner. We could see that it was important to Wendy and Emma that they found someone who shares their passion and vision for their family-run business and I’m confident that in Alpha Pet they have found an excellent new home. We wish Emma and Wendy, as well as Alpha Pet, every success in their future ventures”.
Corporate Finance advice was provided to Arden Grange by Kirsty Wilson and Catherine Lambeth at Knill James.
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