Central Garden & Pet’s Heim Receives Pet Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

  Central Garden & Pet’s Heim Receives Pet Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Business Wire

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- June 11, 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 that Jim Heim, President of Business
Development, has received the Pet Industry Lifetime Achievement Award from the
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC).

Heim, who served on the PIJAC Board of Directors for seven years, and as the
chairman for the past four years, focused his tenure’s efforts on
communicating to pet industry and political leaders about the benefits of a
healthy companion animal industry, educating others in support of animal
welfare, and promoting the numerous benefits of the human-pet bond. Heim also
was instrumental bringing the industry together in the innovative Top2Top
Conference, a gathering of leaders working to examine the state of the
industry, future trends, economic forecasts, changing demographics, and
legislative issues in support of the human and pet relationship.

Central’s Chief Executive Officer John Ranelli stated, “Jim is a pillar and
key leader in the pet industry. We are very proud to have him on the Central
team. As President of Business Development, he works to enrich the environment
of pets and people. I can think of no one more deserving than Jim to receive
this lifetime achievement award.”

Jim also currently serves as the chairman of the American Pet Product
Association (APPA) and is a director of the Pet Food Institute.

PIJAC, a Washington D.C.-based pet advocacy association, works to ensure that
animals in the care of pet owners are treated with kindness and respect, and
that pets do not cause environmental or human health problems. PIJAC is a
pioneer in developing educational programs for pet owners, the pet industry,
related industries, government organizations and building awareness of the
benefits and enjoyment of the human/pet relationship well into the future.

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
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 3,500
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.


Central Garden & Pet Company
Mark Newberg, 847-330-5367
Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications
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