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December 11, 2013

Going to the dogs (and cats!)

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, Business, City Council, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Oooh, interesting closed session item on next week’s City Council agenda:

CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS (54956.8) Property: 707 West Tower Avenue (Building 9), 650 West Tower Avenue (Building 41), Building 77
Negotiator: Jennifer Ott, Chief Operating Officer – Alameda Point Negotiating party: Del Monte Corporation
Under negotiation: Price and terms of payment

Interestingly enough the negotiator is not the City Manager.   But Del Monte Corporation that is much much less vague than the two other closed session property negotiation items we have seen come up previously.   But before we get all excited that Alameda will get back some canning factory a la the old Del Monte factor on Buena Vista, the Del Monte Corporation makes a lot more than just canned veggies these days.

A quick look at their website shows a few brands you are familiar with “for you” like Del Monte, S&W, Contadina and College Inn.   The last one I have never heard of before.   What I didn’t realize was how many brand Del Monte had for “your dog and cat” like Kibbles and Bits, Meow Mix and many many others.  I also didn’t know that Del Monte’s corporate headquarters are in San Francisco and Del Monte employs 7600 employees and rakes in an impressive $3.8 billion in revenue.

However some quickie research shows that Del Monte Foods — the Del Monte I believe Alameda is negotiating with — has agreed to sell its “Consumer Products” side to Del Monte Pacific Ltd. (DMPL), a Philippines-based processed food company. DMPL is unrelated to Del Monte Foods. This deal is expected to close in 2014. From the article:

The San Francisco based company, which is partly owned by [private equity firm] KKR, has agreed to sell the Consumer Products business in order to focus its resources and efforts on capturing continued growth opportunities in its Pet Products business, which participates in an expanding $20 billion pet category, through greater emphasis on pet snacks and the pet specialty channel.

This agreement comes after a strategic review that determined a sale of the Consumer Products business provided the best opportunities for the growth and stewardship of the company’s two differentiated business portfolios.
Under the terms of the purchase agreement, the DMPL will purchase the brands and certain assets, and assume certain liabilities related to DMF’s consumer food business in the US, as well as equity interests in certain South American subsidiaries from DMF.

What this essentially means is that Del Monte Foods is getting out of the people food business and deciding to build on its pet food business instead.   But no worries, you’ll still see the Del Monte human food brands on the shelves because DMPL is buying all of those assets and the licenses to sell under that name, but it appears that whatever Del Monte has planned for Alameda Point will probably revolve around pet food of some sort.

If the map is correct for Google, they are looking at buildings near the Bladium which is right smack in the “Town Center” portion of Alameda Point and was supposed to be the visual anchor for that neighborhood.   But I’m guessing that the magic words “Del Monte” will eliminate any pressing desire to create a town center as long as Del Monte can be secured as a corporate tenant.

5 Comments »

  1. Building 77 is the Air Museum. What are the chances that the deal includes requiring Del Monte to rehab the Air Museum building as a permanent historical venue?

    Building 41 is the hangar right behind the museum – the first hangar you see at W. Atlantic and Ferry Pt. One reason Building 41 has not been leased, according to rumor, is that the roof leaks, and it will cost a small fortune to put on a new one. If Building 41 becomes a shipping/R&D facility, it’s going to remain pretty much status quo at Alameda Point. Hope that 41 is coming down and something new goes up. The Del Monte deal will be a real indicator of what’s to come – or not come.

    Comment by Richard Bangert — December 11, 2013 @ 7:12 am

  2. To stay the Air Museum or become a Del Monte museum? Given that Del Monte Foods had to sell its entire people food line in order to fund expansion of its pet food line, it’s not clear if they have the extra cash to sweeten deals by rehabbing buildings just to move into Alameda Point. Given that there are lots of other cities that would gladly welcome a Del Monte shipping/R&D facility, it would seem Del Monte is largely in the driver’s seat.

    Comment by Lauren Do — December 11, 2013 @ 7:53 am

  3. The museum rehab question was posed with a large dose of pessimism – and sadness that all of the historical materials in the museum could end up in storage.

    Comment by Richard Bangert — December 11, 2013 @ 8:34 am

  4. We missed you at the Christmas Party this year, Richard! Robbie Dileo [Alameda Museum] was showing the new brochure being printed up now, which has all 5 Alameda museums in it.

    To be clear, it’s not the “Air Museum”. It the ANAM: “Alameda Naval Air Museum”. A subtitle might be “Alameda’s World War 2 Museum”, since 90% of the stuff is from then.

    Another attack on Alameda’s military heritage. Way to go, City!

    Comment by vigi — December 11, 2013 @ 11:04 am

  5. @vigi How can you say that this is an attack on Alameda’s military heritage, when we know virtually nothing about the plans or intentions? Maybe the museum will be moved. Maybe they’ll create a new space for it. Maybe they’ll shut it down and dump the historical materials in the Bay. Maybe nothing will happen at all. Really no one knows at this point. The navy base is an important part of Alameda’s history and not to be overlooked. However, if the navy hadn’t left Alameda Point as a toxic dump site for future generations to clean up we younger folks would have more concern for preserving the heritage.

    Comment by JJ — December 11, 2013 @ 12:59 pm


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