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Central Garden & Pet Company is Named Home Depot Partner of the Year in Outdoor Garden Category

Oct 11, 2011

WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA, October 11, 2011 – Central Garden & Pet Company, a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, today announced it was named as Home Depot’s Partner of the Year in the Outdoor Garden category. Central Garden & Pet was recognized for its commitment to providing innovative lawn and garden products and superior service to the world’s largest home improvement retailer.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award, being chosen from a universe of over 500 suppliers,” said Gus Halas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Operating Companies. “The award is truly a testament to the dedication of our Garden team, who have worked hard to develop innovative products and comprehensive solutions that meet our customers’ needs. We thank The Home Depot for their support, and look forward to future successes in partnering with them to provide consumers superior products that improve the quality and beauty of outdoor living.”

“The Central Garden & Pet team has demonstrated just how rewarding it can be to collaborate with their customers from product development to deployment,” said Scott Manning, Home Depot Merchandising Vice President of Outdoor Garden. “Their ability to help engage the consumer is adding significant value to Home Depot’s efforts in the lawn and garden area.”

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 SEEDTM 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®, 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®, 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®, BRONCO® and SUPER MASK®. 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 4,300 employees, primarily in North America and Europe. 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.



Contact: Steve Zenker
Investor Relations
Central Garden & Pet Company
925.948.3657