Real Pet Food Company Acquires Consolidated Manufacturing Enterprises Pty Ltd (CME)

We are pleased to announce that V.I.P Petfoods (Aust), trading as Real Pet Food Company, will acquire Consolidated Manufacturing Enterprises Pty Ltd (CME) from its owners, Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and Ridley Agriproducts Pty Ltd (Ridley). The acquisition is effective today, 31 January 2017.

CME operates from a manufacturing plant in Inverell, NSW and has the capabilities to produce up to 50,000T of dry pet food. By increasing our manufacturing footprint of dry pet food across our Dubbo and Inverell sites will allow us to continue to meet our capacity commitments both now and into the future.

In 2009, following Nestlé’s closure of the factory, IBA and Ridley AgriProducts entered into a joint venture to purchase the facility, and this formed CME. The bulk of production has been for Ridley Dry Dog Food and Aqua Food that we will continue to manufacture until April 2018.

The site will continue to be managed as is, led by Wes Sims and his management team and there will be minimal changes. A small internal team, led by Jonathan Peters will manage the transition requirements.

I take this opportunity to welcome the 55 staff members of the Inverell factory to the Real Pet Food Company. If you have any queries, please contact a member of the Leadership team.
David Grant

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