Central Garden & Pet Announces Vendor Awards for 2016

Annual trade show attracts over 170 vendors and 3,000 plus retailers

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Celebrating “all things garden” for the ninth consecutive year, the
Central Garden Distribution Dealer Show brings together over 170 vendors
and leaders in the independent retailer and garden center market. The
event attracts a national audience of retailers looking for new
products, information on trends in marketing, seminars on best business
practices, and promotional activities.

Prior to the start of the Las Vegas show at the Paris Hotel and
Convention Center, Central recognizes vendor partners who have shown
outstanding performance, excellent collaboration and sales support in
the garden industry for the year. Awards were presented in four key
categories – Partner of the Year Award: EcoClear Products, Inc.; Key
Partnership Award: Hydrodynamics International; Sales Excellence Award:
Earth & Turf Reps, Inc.; eBusiness Partner of the Year Award: Monterey
Lawn & Garden Products.

“Our garden industry partnerships are vital and have a tremendous impact
on our distribution success. The annual vendor awards give us a chance
to recognize the organizations that went above and beyond over the past
12 months,” said Wes Martin, Vice President of Garden Distribution Sales.

Partner of the Year Award

Focused on bringing effective pesticide products to the retail market
that are safe for pets, family and wildlife, Sarasota, Florida-based
EcoClear was presented the Partner of the Year Award. Founded in 2013,
EcoClear demonstrated a commitment to excellence through alignment with
the 2016 sales initiatives of Central Garden Distribution. Over the
years, EcoClear has a proven track record of success in the lawn and
garden industry, resulting in positive financial impact, quality product
offerings and superior sales support.

Key Partnership Award

Hydrodynamics International was celebrated with the Key Partnership
Award for their innovative products and sales ideas, advanced through
various strategic initiatives. These initiatives included, but were not
limited to, sales and product training, field support, and relationship
building through store visits. Since 1997, Hydrodynamics International
has been traveling the globe, searching for the very best horticultural
products and technologies to improve the quality and increase the yields
of vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Sales Excellence Award

The Sales Excellence Award is given to a vendor or manufacturer’s rep
group that “hits it out of the park” and brings new and/or innovative
products to Central Garden Distribution. Earth & Turf Reps focused on
the success of the independent retail customer and continues to provide
the necessary support in which to foster growth. Founded in 2006, Earth
and Turf Reps has grown to become one of the most respected erosion
control manufacturer’s representative organizations in the Southeast
region of the United States.

eBusiness Partner of the Year

Monterey Lawn & Garden Products provided exemplary support of eBusiness
through various digital initiatives which included the timely upload of
information; accuracy of online product materials, and a commitment to
program excellence. Sharing a common vision with Central, Monterey
demonstrates a proven track record with retailers and was established
with the goal of offering home gardeners the same professional-grade
technology available to the agriculture industry. Based in Fresno,
California, the company was established in 1963 as Monterey Ag Resources
and rebranded 25 years later to the current name.

“Our vendors play a critical role in complementing the Central branded
portfolio and helping to create a dynamic and aggressive shelf presence
at the retail garden center,” commented Trey Merritt, General Manager of
Garden Vendor Partners. “The industry is well-served due to the
commitment and contribution of vendor partners who are passionate about
enhancing the outdoor and gardening experience with innovative products
and services.”

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) (NASDAQ:CENTA) 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®, 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
under the PENNINGTON ® brand. 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 AQUEON®, CORALIFE® and
ZILLA®; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, Forti-Diet® and
CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the brands TFH™, NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®,
IMS™, CADET®, PINNACLE® and AVODERM®; and equine and the brands FARNAM®,
HORSE HEALTH™ and VITAFLEX®. 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
3,700 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.

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Central Garden & Pet Company
Mark Newberg, 847-330-5367 Office