Company Information

Home Is Central To Life - We Are Central To Home

Central Garden & Pet Company has nurtured happy and healthy homes by bringing innovative and trusted solutions to our consumers and customers for over 40 years. We offer over 65 high-quality brands centered around the home helping lawns grow greener, gardens bloom bigger, pets live healthier, and communities grow stronger.

2020 YoY Net Sales at All-time High

Consistent Growth in Overall Net Sales

(IN BILLIONS)

As of Sept. 26, 2020 • 10-K 2020
For complete information regarding our financials, see our periodic filings.

Our Central to Home Strategy

Our driving purpose is to nurture happy and healthy homes by enabling our consumers to care for their pets, grow their gardens, or support their farms and communities. Our Central to Home strategy is based on five pillars that will help us deliver our purpose and mission.

Consumer

Build and Grow Brands Consumers Love

We aim to connect with our consumers to better understand them and provide them with the brands they want and love. It’s through this connection that we create organic growth. We’re also creating innovative platforms and investing in digital marketing to develop our brands’ recognition and desirability.

Customer

Win with Winning Customers and Channels

By building a leading eCommerce platform and partnering with top retailers like Amazon and Chewy, we are winning market sales and improving sales channels. These additional capabilities are also allowing us to strengthen relationships with customers.

Central

Fortify the Central Portfolio

Our successful track record of M&A has made us a preferred acquirer in our industries. Our stellar balance sheet and access to capital allows us to benefit from immediate distribution and supply chain scale, as well as focus on maintaining an entrepreneurial-led culture. Our M&A priorities include building scale in core categories, entering priority adjacencies, enhancing key capabilities and further optimizing our portfolio.

Cost

Reduce Costs to Improve Margins and Fuel Growth

At Central, we target excellence in efficiency in our day-to-day operations by scaling our overall costs, investments, administrative expenses, and manufacturing costs. We are developing growth through net productivity and optimizing our cash conversion cycle.

Culture

Strengthen Our Entrepreneurial Business, Unit-led Growth Culture

Our people are central to Central’s success, and we want to attract and retain the best people to move our company forward. We are centering around a digital first business model to promote flexibility and focus on our consumers. We encourage our talent to provide feedback, giving them an entrepreneurial spirit to collectively support company growth.



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Central Continues to Lead in Pet and Garden Industries

Pet Segment

The annual retail sales of pet food, treats and chews, supplies, veterinary and non-medical services, and live animals were estimated to be approximately $101 billion by Packaged Facts in 2019. We operate primarily within the pet supplies and live fish and live small animal categories, and we estimate these markets generate around $28 billion in annual retail sales. Over 2,500 manufacturers, mostly small companies with limited product lines and distribution chains, must rely on us or other distributors to support their supply distribution to specialty chains and retailers.

eCommerce was a driving force in the pet retail business totaling 22% of pet products in 2019, with Packaged Facts expecting the total to continue to increase due to the pandemic. 

Branded Products

Our pet categories are dog & cat, aquatics and reptile, bird and small animal, live fish, and small animal and animal health products.

Dog and Cat – Our propriety dog and cat products include chews, treats and toys, containment, bedding and grooming products, waste management solutions, educational books and digital content.

  • Cadet® bullsticks, rawhide and other natural dog chews and treats
  • Dallas Manufacturing Company (DMC™) dog and cat beds
  • Four Paws® grooming and health & wellness products, containment, Wee Wee® training pads and waste management solutions
  • K&H Pet Products® premium pet supplies and heated pet products
  • Nylabone® dog chew toyz, Nubz®, Healthy Edibles® long lasting dog chews and NutriDent® dental chews

Aquatics and Reptiles – We supply aquariums and terrariums along with their fixtures and furniture, food, water conditioners and supplements, lighting systems and accessories under these brands:

  • Aqueon® aquarium products
  • Blagdon® pond equipment and water gardening
  • Coralife® specialized aquatics products
  • Kent Marine® aquatic supplements and solutions
  • Zilla® reptile products

Small Animal and Bird – Our proprietary supplies and pet food for small animals, pet birds and wild birds offer species-specific diets, treats, habitats, bedding, hay and toys. Our widely recognized brands include:

  • C&S wildlife specialty food and feeding accessories
  • Forti-Diet® food and treats
  • K&H pet and hobby farming products
  • Kaytee® nutrition, bedding and hard goods
  • Pennington wild bird food, feeders, houses and accessories

Animal Health – We are the leading marketer and producer of mosquito and other insect control products produced by Wellmark International, the only domestic producer of (S)-Methoprene. (S)-Methoprene is an active ingredient that controls mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, ants and mites in insect control products. We also dominate in innovative products for horses in the fly control, supplements, grooming, deworming, wound care, leather care and rodenticides categories. Further, we are a leader in pet calming products.

  • Adams™ flea and tick control
  • Altosid® mosquito control
  • ClariFly®IGR insect growth regulator
  • Comfort Zone® cat calming solutions
  • Farnam® horse care products
  • Horse Health™ horse care products
  • Vita Flex® horse care products
  • Zodiac® flea and tick control
  • Zoëcon® professional pest control products

Garden Segment

The garden industry is estimated to have been approximately $33 billion in annual retail sales in 2018 by Packaged Facts, The Freedonia Group and TechNavio. This includes a wide range of consumable, landscaping and decorative products, wild bird and animal products and garden decor. We estimate that we participate in a segment of approximately $30 billion based on annual retail sales of lawn and garden consumables, decorative products and live plants. Most products are sold to consumers through distribution channels like home centers, mass merchants, independent nurseries and hardware stores. These retailers have responded to the pandemic by increasing their buy online-pickup in store (BOPIS) strategies.

Branded Products

Our main lawn and garden product lines focus on the space in and around our homes and nurture healthy lawns and plants.

Grass and Other Seed – We focus on marketing, producing and distributing numerous varieties of grass seed as well as vegetable, herb and flower seeds and seed starter packages.

  • American Seed plant seed
  • Ferry Morse® plant seeds
  • Green Garden Products
  • Livingston® plant seed
  • McKenzie® plant seed
  • NK Lawn & Garden® plant seed
  • Pennington® grass seed

Wild Bird – We offer a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals in our wild bird mixes, as well as bird feeders, bird houses and other birding accessories.

  • 3-D® bird food
  • Pennington wild bird seed, feeders, houses and accessories
  • Wild Delight® wild bird food and feeders

Fertilizers and Controls – We sell a wide range of lawn and garden weed, moss, insect and pest control products, soil supplements and stimulants:

  • Alaska® Fish Fertilizer by Pennington
  • Daconil® fungicide
  • Earth Juice® hydroponic fertilizer
  • Ferry Morse plant nutrients
  • Ironite® mineral supplements
  • Jiffy seed germination
  • Lilly Miller® lawn and plant fertilizer
  • McKenzie plant nutrients
  • Pennington fertilizer
  • RootBoost® rooting hormones
  • Sevin® bug killer
  • SUPERthrive® lawn and plant fertilizer

Decor – Central offers terra cotta pottery and indoor and outdoor decor:

  • Ferry Morse pots and planters, vases and wall decor
  • Pennington terra cotta, indoor and outdoor decor
  • Green Garden Products
  • Pennington

Live Goods – We are the primary supplier of flowers and plants to Home Depot in the North East and mid-Atlantic region:

  • Bell Nursery
  • Hopewell Nursery

Social Responsibility is Central to Our Future

At Central Garden & Pet, we make corporate social responsibility a critical component of our mission. It’s grounded in our purpose and integrated within our growth strategy. It allows us to support sustainable practices, invest in our people, and grow our market share for the future.

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