AlphaPet Ventures acquires Arden Grange

AlphaPet Ventures has started to implement its international expansion strategy with the acquisition of Arden Grange, a leading UK brand in the premium dog food segment. Family-run Arden Grange pioneered the category of species-appropriate dog food in the UK more than 25 years ago. Customers appreciate especially the high quality of the products, which aim to provide „nutrition without compromise.“

capiton acquired a significant stake in AlphaPet Ventures as well as the Wolfblut brand in 2020. With this second acquistion, AlphaPet is targeting sales of over EUR 150 million in 2022, further strengthening the Group’s position as a leading digital premium pet food platform with strong multi-channel distribution.

Marco Hierling, Founder and Managing Director of AlphaPet Ventures, comments: “Arden Grange is a strong and well-positioned premium brand for which we see great potential not only in the UK but also in DACH. With Arden Grange, AlphaPet is taking a significant step in our international expansion plans. We are building on our strong and long-standing supplier and customer relationships in the UK and look forward to expanding these further in the coming year.”

Christoph Karbenk, Partner at capiton, adds: “We aim to transform our portfolio companies through a range of organic and inorganic growth initiatives and are very pleased that AlphaPet has been able to identify and execute this attractive acquisition, the first step in its strategy of expanding across key geographies.”

 

Transaction summary

AlphaPet acquires Arden Grange with financing provided by new lender CVC Partners. The acquisition is still subject to regulatory approval. AlphaPet was advised by Oppenheimer (Buy-side & Debt Advisory), Ashfords (Legal), Allen & Overy (Financing Legal), Sonntag (Structure) and Deloitte (Financial and Tax).

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