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Nylabone® Launches Dental Solutions Line to FDM Channel

Four new products extend brand equity in oral care

April 10, 2012

NEPTUNE CITY, NJ – —Nylabone®, the makers of safe, healthy chews since 1955, will unveil the new “Dental Solutions” oral care line with Plak Buster TM to the food/drug/mass channel this summer.  

“Plak Buster TM is a proprietary blend of ingredients—including Vitamin C—which takes dental care one step further by reducing the plaque that harbors bacteria,” says Mike Connelly, Vice President of Marketing for Nylabone® Products based in Neptune City, N.J. “Oral care continues to demonstrate strong multi-year positive growth trends due to the prevalence of oral disease among dogs, so this line helps retailers as well as pets and pet parents.”

Connelly adds that 47 million dogs currently have oral disease in the U.S. with 80 percent of dogs showing signs of the disease by age three.  Furthermore, veterinarians are driving consumer education about oral care. With the average cost for a vet dental cleaning at $600, retailers have a huge opportunity with Nylabone’s cost-effective, at-home products.

“Oral hygiene is front and center every day for consumers,” Connelly says.  “Pet parents interact orally with their best friends through feeding, treating, playing and, of course, kissing, so good pet oral health is paramount.”

There are four new items in the new Nylabone® Dental Solutions line:
•    Adult Dog Dental Kit and Puppy Dental Kit– each kit includes tartar control toothpaste, dual action toothbrush that massages gums and helps prevent periodontal disease, and a flexible finger brush that gently massages teeth and gums;   
•    Liquid Tartar Remover specifically formulated to help reduce tartar build up;
•    25-count Dental Chips, a tasty treat that is formulated with Chlorophyll and Plak Buster, specifically designed to freshen breath and lead to healthier gums and whiter teeth.

The new Nylabone® Dental Solutions products will be available at Target and other fine retailers starting in June with suggested retail prices from $7.79 to $10.99.
About Nylabone® Products
Nylabone® Products is a respected producer of premium dog products, and the Leader in Responsible Pet Care for Over 50 Years®. Nylabone is a division of T.F.H. Publications, Inc., the world’s most distinguished publisher of high-quality care and training books for pets, and a founding member of the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association (APPMA). Nylabone is recognized for its excellence, quality, innovation and leadership in today’s pet industry. Its patented and patent-pending products are frequently industry award-winners. T.F.H./Nylabone is a subsidiary of Central Garden & Pet Company. For more information, visit www.nylabone.com.

About Central Garden & Pet Company
Central Garden & Pet Company (Nasdaq: CENT) is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the pet and lawn and garden supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, its products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers in the following categories: Lawn and Garden – Grass seed including the brands Pennington and the Rebels; wildbird feed and the brands Pennington and Kaytee; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO, Sevin, Ironite, and Over ’N Out; and decorative outdoor patio products and the brands Norcal, New England Pottery and Matthews Four Seasons. It also provides a host of regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies.

Pet – Animal health and the brands Adams and Zodiac; aquatics and reptile and the brands Oceanic, Aqueon and Zilla; bird and small animal and the brands Kaytee, Super Pet, and CritterTrail; dog and cat and the brands T.F.H./Nylabone, Four Paws, Pinnacle and Avoderm; and equine and the brands Farnam, Bronco and Super Mask. It also provides a host of other applications-specific pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet is based in Walnut Creek, Calif., and has approximately 5,000 employees, primarily in North America and Europe.

For additional information on Central Garden & Pet, including access to the company's SEC filings, please visit the company’s Web site at http://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 expected earnings guidance, 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 above and in the company’s annual report on Form 10-K and 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.

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