Bob Martin Closes Its French Arm



Bob Martin closes its French arm
11th July 2018

By Sandra Pearce
Bob Martin is closing its French operation in Nemours, which it acquired from Néstle two-and-a-half years ago.
The move follows the closure at the end of last year of its Italian factory in Udine, which manufactured cat litter and pet medicines.
A spokesman told pbwnews: “It is with regret and sadness that Bob Martin (UK) has decided to close down its French operation, Bob Martin SAS. As you will be aware, we acquired the business from Néstle at the end of 2015 and had a plan to build that business. Unfortunately, over the last 30 months, the operating environment in France has been much tougher than expected.”
Bob Martin bought the Nestlé Purina PetCare business, which made pet food for birds, rodents, aquatic and small mammals as well as pet accessories. The sale meant Bob Martin acquired the manufacturing, distribution and salesforce capabilities in France, Spain and Italy, expanding its footprint in Europe.
The spokesman added: “The culmination of events, and particularly issues arising in the last few months, means that the Board of Bob Martin (UK) consider that a turnaround plan for France is unlikely to succeed. In the interests of the wider group, it can no longer continue to finance the ongoing losses of the French subsidiary.
“The Board of Bob Martin (UK) has taken external advice on this matter and has not made this decision lightly. 
“The intention is to focus on our businesses in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain, all of which are viable and profitable. In particular, we will be concentrating on serving our customers to the level they require and we have historically achieved. 
“We do not envisage the events in France having an effect on the service we provide in other countries.”
Bob Martin was founded in 1892 in Southport, England, where Robert Martin made vitamin and mineral powders to supplement dogs’ diets. Today, the company is still owned and managed by the Martin family from its headquarters in the South West and manufactures a wide range of pet products under the Bob Martin brand and private label.
The spokesman added: “The prospects for the Group are extremely good with some significant NPD to be launched in the coming months across Europe.”