Scotts to sell Solus brands

Scotts Miracle Gro is to sell 'non-core' Solus brands.

Sheila Hill
Sheila Hill

An "extensive review of the business" has shown Scotts the ChapelWood bird food brand has a "significant future alongside the existing Scotts Miracle-Gro portfolio" and will relaunch later in the summer. Brands such as Joseph Bentley and Yeoman garden tools and Bermuda and Garden Nation accessories are for sale.

Scotts added: "We will be looking to divest the remaining brands and products with a view to exiting from them at the earliest opportunity."

Scotts bought Solus out of administration after a prolonged process in 2014. Scotts general manager Martin Breddy left soon after, to be replaced by Sheila Hill.

General manager Sheila Hill said: "We are extremely excited about ChapelWood and what it can do for the bird care category and for the core Scotts Miracle-Gro business. It’s about driving category growth with our business partners. The remaining brands, while still strong, are not core to us right now and we will be looking at ways to smoothly exit those businesses."

This change has "no effect on the core business of Scotts Miracle-Gro in the UK".

Scotts added: "We are working closely with our customers who stock these brands to ensure continuity of supply through the rest of the season and how we will support them through the transition process to minimise disruption to their business."

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