Scottish pet food business sold

Pet Business World

November 8, 2017: Long-established pet food business Wilsons of Dundee has changed hands.

Perthshire-based Republic of Munchery has acquired the rights to the name, methods, recipes, packaging and equipment from Medlock and Medlock, owners of Oatmeal of Alford, and plans to switch production from the mill at Stannergate, Dundee to a purpose-built food processing unit near Blairgowrie.

Wilsons has been manufacturing dog foods for almost 60 years and its products are a familiar sight in farm stores and pet shops throughout Scotland and northern England.

“We will continue to manufacture the popular muesli-type range of complete foods,” said Craig Wallace, MD of Republic of Munchery. “But we also want to offer our customers a more extensive range of products and build on the company’s reputation for supplying quality food for working dogs.

“There’s always been a healthy demand for Wilsons poultry and agricultural feeds and our plans include increasing the number of outlets throughout the UK.”

The new owners will also be carrying out a rebranding exercise to better position Wilsons in what has become an increasingly competitive UK dog food market, valued last year at £1.350bn.

Craig, a native of Perthshire, has spent the last 10 years in the food manufacturing and consultancy sector.

Commercial director Jamie Pugh said: “Our first task is to establish a good supply of stock product and satisfy customers with a shorter delivery time.

“To that end, we will be contacting all our customers to explain the new arrangements. In the meantime, anyone with any general enquiries can reach us at the contact details listed below.”