Del Monte Foods Co. said Friday it completed its purchase of cat food producer Meow Mix Holdings Inc.
The transaction is valued at $705 million, including $23 million in tax benefits Del Monte expects to realize from the deal. Privately held Meow Mix had $250 million revenue in fiscal 2005.
Del Monte has a production plant at 727 N. Iowa in Lawrence, where it makes Kibbles 'n Bits dog food.
Del Monte also plans to buy the Milk-Bone dog treat brand from Kraft as part of the company's "Project Brand" program to increase product offerings in higher-margin categories. That transaction is expected to close in July.
Del Monte shares dropped 4 cents to close Friday at $11.62 on the New York Stock Exchange.