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Johnson & Johnson to acquire Zarbee’s

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SKILLMAN, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. has agreed to acquire Zarbee’s Inc., a privately held company that specializes in naturally based health care products. The acquisition will include the full line of Zarbee’s Naturals products for children and adults. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Zarbee’s Naturals was founded in 2008 by Dr. Zak Zarbock, a pediatrician. His first product was a honey-based children’s cough syrup made with vitamin C and zinc and free of alcohol, drugs and artificial flavors. Over the last decade, Zarbee’s Naturals has grown into a broad-based health and wellness brand and has disrupted the cough, sleep, immune support and vitamin categories with its portfolio of family-friendly products.

“Zarbee’s is a values-driven company that was founded on and has achieved significant growth by meeting the evolving health needs of today’s families,” said Katie Devine, global president of O-T-C franchise at Johnson & Johnson Consumer. “As a global O-T-C leader, Johnson & Johnson Consumer shares in this vision and is committed to providing innovative health care solutions that satisfy the preferences of consumers.”

“Through Zarbee’s Naturals, we are excited to bring a more comprehensive set of products to consumers within our core need states,” said Kathy Widmer, president of U.S. O-T-C at Johnson & Johnson Consumer. “The Zarbee’s team has achieved tremendous success in the marketplace, and we are excited to be a part of their future growth. Upon closing of the transaction, we look forward to working closely with the Zarbee’s team as they join the Johnson & Johnson Consumer family.”

The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2018.


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