Wilbur-Ellis Company’s feed division, a marketer and distributorof value-added feed ingredients for the aquaculture, livestock and pet food industriesin North America and Asia-Pacific, has acquired Allied Premium Protein (APP), adivision of Brown Packing Co. Inc. APP services the domestic and international livestockindustry with high-end animal protein meals. The acquisition is part of the feeddivision’s strategic geographic expansion plan.

“Our feed division has grown significantly over the last decade, and we plan to continue to make substantial investments in this area,” said John Thacher, president and CEO of Wilbur-Ellis. “This acquisition is an exciting investment that is highly aligned with our long-term growth strategy for our feed division. APP shares our dedication to quality, and its business will allow us to source the best possible ingredients for customers in this geography, as well as create tremendous opportunities for Wilbur-Ellis in Asia because of its proximity to the inland port in Greer and the ports of Charleston and Savannah.”

“We’ve consistently been creating and growing our business where we can add value along the animal feed supply chain, and APP enables us to service a much larger customer base, as well as bring quality assurance, from trusted resources, to our customers,” said Rob Fullerton, president of the Wilbur-Ellis feed division.

“This, coupled with working alongside the team at APP, with their deep industry knowledge and commitment to integrity and safety, will help us grow our market share and bring a steady pace of sustainable business growth.”

The acquisition of APP is a strategic complement to the continued eastward expansion of the feed division in North America. The division has added marketing offices in Wichita, Kansas; Raleigh, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Guelph, Ontario; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.