Del Monte Foods’ Pet Product business announced it is now Big Heart Pet Brands.
The standalone company was created following the sale of Del Monte’s consumer products division to Del Monte Pacific Ltd., which is owned by a company in the Philippines.
Del Monte said the new name reflects the company’s singular focus on the pet products market.
“As a standalone pet products company, Big Heart Pet Brands will be singularly focused on capturing growth opportunities in the expanding $21 billion pet products category,” Dave West president and CEO of Big Heart Pet Brands, said in a statement. “We are uniquely positioned with a powerful and broad pet portfolio, strong position in key pet food categories, robust business fundamentals and a commitment to creating a better future for pets by nurturing the bond between pets and the people who love them.”
Big Heart Pet Brands products include Milk-Bone, Meow Mix, Natural Balance, Kibbles ‘n Bits, 9Lives, Milo’s Kitchen, Pup-Peroni and other brands.
Big Heart Brands said it will remain headquartered in San Francisco and will continue to have an office presence in Pittsburgh and Burbank, Calif. The company said it will also maintain its existing pet food and snack manufacturing plants and distribution centers, and sales offices.