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Bob Martin collapse brings cat litter shortage
15th January 2020

By Sandra Pearce

Supermarkets are facing a shortage of cat litter after Bob Martin (UK) went into liquidation in November.

Pet food manufacturer Pets Choice purchased the Bob Martin Healthcare factory, assets and goodwill as well as cat litter brand Felight for an undisclosed sum.

Bob Martin used to supply supermarkets, including Tesco and Sainsbury’s, with their own-brand litter, but as a result of going into administration, the own-label cat litter production in Cardiff closed down.

Furthermore, complications in transferring supermarket listings from Bob Martin resulted in shortages at multiple retailers, says The Grocer.

Pet Choice attributed the shortage to the process during which supermarket listings were transferred from Bob Martin to itself, but that it hoped the situation would be resolved by the end of the month.

LIMITED SUPPLIES

A spokesman said: “Pets Choice Ltd and Bob Martin brands are now pleased to confirm that the listings have been transferred and deliveries have already restarted, so Bob Martin customers will be able to purchase the Bob Martin products imminently.

“Production at both UK Bob Martin factories has now recommenced, and normal supply should be available shortly.”

Some grocery outlets have no cat litter left, and others are down to limited supplies.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We are aware of the shortages of cat litter products across the market and we’re working hard to resolve this and to have full availability again soon.”

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “Some stores are running low on some cat litter lines but we continue to offer a number of options. We’re working to replenish as quickly as possible and are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”