Project Description

Durham Jones & Pinegar Shareholder, Thomas R. Taylor, and his team of DJP lawyers and support staff, represented Ogden, Utah-based American Nutrition, Inc. (“ANI”) in its sale to and acquisition by C.J. Foods, Inc. (“CJF”).  ANI is a leading manufacturer and supplier of super-premium dry, canned and baked pet food products and pet treats.  Founded in 1972, ANI is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of super-premium pet food products, with a manufacturing facilities throughout the United States.  ANI has a reputation of manufacturing excellence through its emphasis on quality and best-in-class Safe Quality Food (SQF) certified production facilities.  CJF is a Bern, Kansas-based custom manufacturer of specialty dry pet food for leading U.S. super-premium brands.  The transaction will create the largest independent manufacturer of super-premium pet food in the country and will enable the combined company to offer a full portfolio of pet food products and pet treats with national and international distribution.  CJF is a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, a Connecticut-based private equity firm.   The transaction closed on March 16, 2020. Terms of the transaction are confidential.

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Thomas R. Taylor | Shareholder

Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate





Mark L. Astling | Shareholder






Gregory N. Barrick | Shareholder

Trusts and Estates





Brad R. Cahoon | Shareholder






Elisabeth Calvert | Shareholder

Corporate and Disclosure Schedules





Jonathan H. Hoagland | Shareholder

Trusts and Estates





Richard M. Hymas | Shareholder






N. Todd Leishman | Shareholder

Corporate & Corporate Governance





Brick G. Power | Shareholder

Intellectual Property





Victor A. Taylor | Shareholder

Real Estate and Leasing





John D. Walch | Shareholder

Employee Benefits and 401(k) Plan





Blake N. Behnke | Associate

Tax and Due Diligence





Michael C. Goodrich | Associate






Timothy Hemming | Associate

Insurance/P&C Insurance





Sarah W. Matthews | Of Counsel






Barbie Allen | Business & Finance Paralegal

Carol Nye | Secretarial and Administrative Support