Neovia has entered into exclusive negotiations to become Sanpo’s majority

12 January 2017

Neovia is one of the major pet food players with strong positions in Brazil and Mexico. The company is also present in France, on the export market (more than 50 countries) and, since 2014, has developed a pet food activity in Asia (Vietnam and Philippines in particular). The project to take a majority shareholding in Sanpo, the fifth largest player in the Chinese pet food market, responds to a desire for rapid growth in one of the key markets of the future.

Hubert de Roquefeuil, CEO of Neovia, said: "the acquisition project of a majority shareholding is in line with our twofold desire to strengthen our pet food sector (over 15% of Neovia's turnover) and accelerate our development in Asia. Sanpo will be able to conduct its growth projects (new plant), to benefit from strong synergies with our other activities and to rely on our massive investment in innovation, with a specific focus on the "interactive pet line", a pet approach that includes the extensive use of new technologies and connectivity to improve interaction between owners and their pets." 

The acquisition project of 60% of Sanpo shares will make Neovia the fifth largest player on the Chinese pet food market

Established in 1991, Sanpo is a family owned company that ranks among the top 5 pet food producers in China. The company employs about 270 people, has a production plant in Tianjin and sales offices in the country's top 10 cities. It is characterized by its strong investment in R&D and high quality and product traceability: ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 (HACCP principles) quality management and food safety certifications.

It also has an analysis laboratory equipped with state-ofthe-art technologies (NIR equipment) and an innovative kennel (dogs and cats).

Sanpo has a strong brand image on the Chinese market and has developed recognized expertise in marketing and distribution. It relies in particular on a portfolio of products that covers all market segments (standard to premium) and an extensive and diversified distribution network: 14,000 points of sale (pet stores, shops, own e-commerce platform) in 31 Provinces.

The world pet food market has experienced a sharp increase in demand in emerging countries: Brazil, Mexico, Russia, China

Globally the pet food market is worth $73 billion and has been growing steadily for several years.Market growth is now driven by a change in lifestyles and increased purchasing power: the "humanization" of pets and "premiumization" of needs (quality required, increase in the average basket).

China now has nearly 28 million dogs and 12 million cats. It has one of the highest potentials in the sector, with a national market of almost 132,000 tonnes (over 2 million tonnes in Brazil) and according to Eurostat an expected increase of almost 65% between 2015 and 2020.

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Neovia has entered into exclusive negotiations to become Sanpo’s majority shareholder (press release)