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Global Harvest Acquires Scotts U.S. Wild Bird Food Business

Acquisition includes the Songbird Selections®, Morning Song®, and Country Pride® brands, enhancing Global Harvest’s national footprint.

Global Harvest Foods, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of wild and caged bird food and small critter feed, and producer of the Audubon Park brand, announced an agreement to acquire the U.S. wild bird food business from subsidiaries of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition expands Global Harvest’s production capabilities into key areas of the U.S. market. The company will acquire the Scotts bird seed manufacturing plant in Reynolds, Indiana, and will continue production in Doland, South Dakota and Uvalde, Texas. Now operating from eight facilities nationwide, the addition of these manufacturing plants supplements Global Harvest’s national footprint, giving the company new regional service capabilities that offer retailers lower ingredient and freight costs, quicker fulfillment times and increased inventory turnover.

“Scotts is the world’s leading marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products. Acquiring their wild bird food business allows us to expand our retail relationships while maintaining our customer service and product-quality focus,” said Ed Mills, co-founder and principal of Global Harvest Foods. The company adheres to the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act through stringent manufacturing processes in all facilities which includes annual audits to meet the standards of the Global Food Safety Initiative.

Founded by the Mills family in 1982, Global Harvest Foods is a premier Wild Bird Food and small Critter/Pet Food manufacturer with a 30-year history producing private label brands for many “A” list clients. Company manufacturing and distribution facilities are located throughout the United States near key product ingredients and shipping lanes, enabling the company to provide fresh raw materials and serve customers with high quality, on-time product delivery. Its products are sold under the Audubon Park label and various store brands in more than 40,000 outlets throughout the United Sates. For more information, please visit www.ghfoods.com.

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Limited Future for Shopping Bags

It looks like plastic shopping bags may soon disappear in California.  At this point about 100 municipalities have either banned them or imposed fees on their use, and dozens more are about to do the same.  It’s possible that later this year lawmakers could institute a state-wide ban.  The measures are intended to cut down on litter and ease the load on the environment.

Interestingly, large retailers who previously opposed a ban now see uniform standards as being easier to follow.  A growing number of other states and cities plan to follow California’s lead, including New York City, which is considering a 10 cent per bag charge for those who continue to use plastic – that city spends upwards of $10 million a year disposing of 5.2 billion bags that don’t get recycled. Bag makers, of course, are fighting the restrictions but more communities plan on joining the party.  That suggests a huge increase in the demand for re-useable bags.

There is no word on how this will affect bags used as packaging for consumer goods, like bird food bags, but they seem to be avoiding that spotlight for now.


There’s a new buzzword in town – ‘hypertargeting’. That means shoppers with cell phones are being electronically followed from store to store, and while shopping they’re being bombarded with “BUY THIS” messages from all sides. Bluetooth and iBeacon are the pioneers behind it. They zoom in on the shopper’s spending habits and previous purchases to pinpoint what they’re likely to open their wallets for next. Click-and-collect services are expanding too, making it easier for shoppers to buy online and pick up their purchases at a designated collection site. That’s a good thing and sure to become mainstream.

This Law has Teeth

Jose Souto, a resident of Coral Gables, Florida, pled guilty to possession of wild birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Agents from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission searched Souto’s residence and found 34 wild birds, including Northern Cardinals, Indigo Buntings, Painted Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and one Blue Grosbeak, plus a bird trap, all of which were confiscated.  His possession of the birds had been reported to government agents by a private citizen who was knowledgeable about the laws protecting them.

Souto was given the maximum fine of $15,000 plus probation, and an additional $7,500 which he must donate to the Tropical Audubon Society for the purpose of funding research, education and monitoring of migratory birds and their habitats in South Florida. All the birds seized are species whose populations have diminished greatly throughout their range in Eastern North America.



Bat House Featured on Storage Wars

Songbird Essentials says the Five Chamber Bat House from Looker was recently featured on an episode of Storage Wars which aired March 25th.   Designed by, and built to the specifications of, the Organization for Bat Conservation based on years of research, the Bat House is made from sturdy cedar and features interior nylon mesh, an extended landing for easy entrance and a ventilation slot for air circulation. 

If you are able to find a re-run, it was Season 5, Episode 2, on A & E.