Barentz International, a leading global life science ingredients distributor, will be expanding its activities in North America. The company proudly announces it has entered into an agreement to acquire Pestell Nutrition, a prominent distributor of feed additives, nutritional ingredients, macro and trace minerals, and pet specialty ingredients for the animal health, animal nutrition, and pet food sectors across Canada and the USA.

Pestell Nutrition, headquartered in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, has a significant position in Canada and a fast-growing expansion into the US animal nutrition market. The company reached an annual turnover of approximately €200 million in 2020. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions including merger control clearances.


Barentz enters into an agreement to acquire Pestell Nutrition, a prominent distributor in specialty ingredients for the animal health, animal nutrition and petfood markets in Canada and the US.

Pestell Nutrition is renowned for its technical solutions, application knowledge, and provider of high-value feed additives.

The pending acquisition follows the acquisition of Maroon Group in late 2020 and accelerates the strategic positioning of the Barentz Group towards animal health whilst establishing the animal nutrition vertical globally.

Further growth is expected, especially in the US market.

Pestell Nutrition CEO Jerry Vergeer commented: “Over the past few years Pestell Nutrition has significantly expanded its nutritional offering to our customers, while at the same time expanding our footprint both in Canada and the USA.  Barentz is a perfect fit for Pestell and being part of Barentz North America and the global Barentz network will lead to many opportunities. We will be able to further strengthen our partnerships with our customers and suppliers in Canada and USA and grow our business.  Our team of animal nutrition experts is looking forward to exploring all new opportunities that arise from the Barentz regional and global network.”

Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz added: “This is a perfect moment to add these high-quality animal nutrition activities to our portfolio, after the successful rebranding of Maroon Group into Barentz North America. It brings the animal nutrition vertical into a more balanced position within our life science and specialty ingredients portfolio. It accelerates our strategic and aspirational positioning towards animal health and will maximize our chances for further growth in the USA, with numerous synergistic opportunities to create collaborations through our global network. I am really proud to welcome the Pestell team into our ‘Barentz family’.”

About Pestell Nutrition Inc.

Pestell Nutrition Inc., founded in 1972, is a leading distributor of specialty ingredients in the North American animal nutrition market. The company supplies their customers in Canada and USA with high-quality nutritional additives and ingredients for the animal nutrition and pet food industries.  Pestell is specialized in the global sourcing and supply of feed additives, nutritional ingredients, macro and trace minerals, pet specialty ingredients, and agricultural products.

With over 20 warehouses and transloading facilities throughout North America supporting their distribution capabilities, Pestell has a turnover of €200 million and employs around 110 people. For more information: