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Central Garden & Pet Acquires FourStar Microbial Products, LLC

  Central Garden & Pet Acquires FourStar Microbial Products, LLC

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- January 22, 2013

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA), a leading
innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn and
garden and pet supplies markets, announced today that it has purchased the
remaining majority interest in New York based FourStar Microbial Products, LLC
to complement its mosquito control business.

FourStar microbial products are derived from naturally-occurring soil bacteria
and stop juvenile mosquitoes from emerging into flying and breeding adult
flying insects that can bite and spread disease. The product’s residual lasts
from 7 to 180 days and is formulated into granules and briquets for ease of
application into various mosquito breeding sites. While the acquisition is not
expected to have a material impact on the Company’s 2013 financial results, it
will enhance its capability to service professional providers of mosquito
abatement.

“Our Altosid product line set the standard for controlling juvenile mosquitoes
and created the insect growth regulator category. With the addition three
years ago of Zenivex products to stop adult mosquitoes and the current
addition of the B2E FourStar microbials, Central will have a full range of
products to help mosquito control professionals protect the public from West
Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and other mosquito-borne diseases,”
said Frank Jusich, Senior Vice President, Professional Brands for Central
Garden & Pet.

Nearly 2,000 mosquito control entities in the United States are charged with
making decisions on the types of products used in their districts to reduce
mosquito populations in an effort to protect the public and halt the spread of
disease.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of
quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets.
Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty
independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden
include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, SMART SEED® and THE REBELS®;
wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the
brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and OVER-N-OUT®; and decorative outdoor patio
products and the brands NORCAL POTTERY®, NEW ENGLAND POTTERY® and MATTHEWS
FOUR SEASONS™. We also provide a host of other regional and
application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in
Pet include: Animal health and the brands ADAMS™ and ZODIAC®; aquatics and
reptile and the brands OCEANIC SYSTEMS®, AQUEON® and ZILLA®; bird & small
animal and the brands KAYTEE®, SUPER PET® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and
the brands TFH™, NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, PINNACLE® and AVODERM®; and equine and
the brands FARNAM®, VITA FLEX® and HORSE HEALTH^TM PRODUCTS. We also provide a
host of other application-specific pet brands and supplies. Central Garden &
Pet Company is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 3,600
employees, primarily in North America. For additional information on Central
Garden & Pet Company, including access to the Company's SEC filings, please
visit the Company’s website at www.central.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995: The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts,
including expectations for improved execution and sustainable profitability
from the Company’s transformation initiatives, are forward-looking statements
that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those set forth in or implied by forward-looking
statements. These risks are described in the Central’s Annual Report on Form
10-K, filed on December 13, 2012, as well as the Company’s other Securities
and Exchange Commission filings. Central undertakes no obligation to publicly
update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent
events or otherwise.

Contact:

Central Garden & Pet Company
Steven Zenker, 925-948-3657
Vice President of Investor Relations & Communications
 
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