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J.M. Smucker purchases Kansas pet food maker

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – J.M. Smucker Co. says it plans to add some animal food products made at plants in Topeka and Lawrence.

The Smucker Co. announced Tuesday that it had purchased Big Heart Pet Brands, which has had operations in eastern Kansas for many years.

The Kansas City Star reports the Lawrence processing plant’s 144 employees produce seven varieties of the dog food including Kibbles & Bits. The Topeka factory and distribution center have a combined employment of 326 workers. It produces several brands of animal foods including Meow Mix, 9Lives, Milk-Bone, Gravy Train and Nature’s Recipe.

Smcker, which is based in Orrville, Ohio, paid $5.8 billion for Big Heart, which was previously known as Del Monte Corp. The company says it doesn’t plan to close any pet food operations.
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Information from: The Kansas City Star