March 23, 2017

  • Giveaway

    Natures Menu to give away free freezers for orders placed at PATS

      Retailers have to visit the Natures Menu stand to place an order worth £250 or more to qualify for a free freezer delivered alongside their order. Not only that, but the brand new Mighty Mixer products will also be on offer to sample and will be available for pre order on a special trade offer of 3 for 2 on stand for delivery between 3rd and 14th April.

  • Opening

    Pets at Home opens new 9,000 sq ft store in Bath

    The new Pets and Home store in Lower Bristol Road has opened up with a pet salon, adoption centre, aquatics centre and veterinary practice. It has taken up one of three units created in part of the former Herman Miller factory, next to Lidl, known now as Metro Retail Park. The 9,000 sq ft store was opened on Friday (March 10) by Mayor of Bath Paul Crossley. Store manager Briony Briscoe said: “Our opening weekend went even better than we had hoped and it was great to receive the Mayor of Bath and show him the new amenities that we…

  • Food

    Natures Menu launches new Mighty Mixers range

    The UK’s number one for raw pet food and Europe’s leading expert in raw, Natures Menu, has announced the launch of two new Mighty Mixers following the company’s successful sponsorship of Crufts 2017. This latest addition to the Natures Menu portfolio includes two new flavours of Turkey & Oats and Salmon & Potato, available to trade from 1st April at a RRP £7.95 each. The two new flavours join Natures Menu’s existing range of mixers, treats, complete raw meals and pure meat range. Made with fresh salmon and turkey meat and a wholesome blend of oats, fresh vegetables and superfoods,…

  • Product

    Pet business expands with raw dog food on the menu

    Two years ago, retired police officer Roxy Bird launched Happy Doggie with her husband Brian. The Rennington-based venture has been a success and now the pair have branched out to edible products. Launching Alnwick Raw Dog Food, the pair are supplying and stocking raw dog food for a company called Hungry Hounds, in Falkirk. And Roxy is delighted to expand the business’s offerings. Roxy commented: “The popularity of feeding a raw-food diet to our pets is on the increase. “Feeding raw ensures a natural nutritionally-balanced diet for our pets. A raw-food diet is designed to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral…

  • Campaign

    B&M launches new TV ad campaign, aimed at dogs

    North West-based retailer, B&M, has worked with Cheetham Bell on what they believe is the first ever television commercial for dogs. Working closely with dog behavioural specialists B&M aims to stimulates the dog’s senses and captures their attention within the advertisement. To highlight a range of pet products, they’ve hired an actor who can bark (as well as speak), to ensure that the ad communicates directly to its target market. This has included filming with more frames per second, so the dogs don’t see a flickering image, plus high pitched tones and hand signals.   As part of the campaign,…

FEATURES

PATS

Excitement mounts as PATS Sandown moves ever closer

Mar 9, 2017

PATS Sandown is gearing up for another memorable exhibition as more than 140 exhibitors get set to showcase a record number of new products at the event on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21-22. The two-day show is creating a buzz of excitement in the pet industry with companies eager to unveil their latest launches for the new season. The Surrey and Esher Halls at Sandown Park will be packed with stands showcasing innovative new products, and visitors to the show will be greeted by a host of new faces as well as PATS regulars. The positive mood amongst exhibitors was…

Launch

Royal Canin launches brand image focused on education and information

Mar 8, 2017

A new design, presenting Royal Canin’s brand image clearly and a focus on education and information are the highlights of the company’s activity at Crufts 2017. To reflect Royal Canin’s ‘animal first’ ethos, show visitors will have the opportunity to play interactive digital games on the stand to learn more about dogs and particularly their nutritional needs. In addition, a professional photographer will take pictures of dogs visiting the stand which will be live-linked to a photographic mosaic on display throughout the show. Royal Canin is also highlighting its partnership with Guide Dogs UK, where visitors can pull a ticket…

Products

Freshpet works with Tesco to bring chilled pet food to UK supermarkets

Mar 8, 2017

US chilled pet food brand Freshpet, one of the fastest growing pet food companies in North America, is working in partnership with Tesco to bring “the power of fresh, real food for dogs and cats” to UK supermarkets in a bid to revolutionise the way pet owners feed their pets. From late-February, Freshpet’s range of fresh pet food will be available in 300 Tesco stores nationwide, merchandised in unique Freshpet branded chiller cabinets for the pet aisle – a UK first for the category. With healthier, less processed pet food a growing trend in the UK, Freshpet’s  partnership with Tesco…

Product

TastyBone launches Peanut Butter bone

Mar 8, 2017

TastyBone, the UK manufacturer of nylon and rubber chews and toys, has launched a new flavour, adding a sweet treat for dogs to the ever-growing range of nylon bones. Made from 100% virgin nylon, TastyBone has introduced Peanut Butter flavour to the existing range which uses human grade flavours. TastyBone is non-biodegradable and there is no animal content, no salt, no sugar, no additives and no preservatives. TastyBone product manager Lynsey Aspinall states: “The new flavoured bone comes as Peanut Butter becomes an increasingly popular treat for dogs. “Dogs have a sweet tooth just like us and TastyBone is packed…

NEWS

Giveaway

Natures Menu to give away free freezers for orders placed at PATS

  Retailers have to visit the Natures Menu stand to place an order worth £250 or more to qualify for a free freezer delivered alongside their order. Not only that, but the brand new Mighty Mixer products will also be on offer to sample and will be available for pre order on a special trade offer of 3 for 2 on stand for delivery between 3rd and 14th April.

Campaign

Animal Health Trust launches major fundraising campaign at Crufts 2017

The Animal Health Trust has improved the health of millions of animals for the past 75 years. To mark the anniversary, the charity was at Crufts 2017 to launch a special fundraising campaign to raise £75,000 towards new medical equipment as they look to save the more lives. The Trust is hoping to spread the word to the owners of the 22,000 happy, healthy dogs that will descend on the NEC in Birmingham for the world’s largest dog show, now in its 126th year, over the weekend. Founded in 1942 by Dr Reginald Wooldridge, the Animal Health Trust specialises in preventing illness…

Opening

Pets at Home opens new 9,000 sq ft store in Bath

The new Pets and Home store in Lower Bristol Road has opened up with a pet salon, adoption centre, aquatics centre and veterinary practice. It has taken up one of three units created in part of the former Herman Miller factory, next to Lidl, known now as Metro Retail Park. The 9,000 sq ft store was opened on Friday (March 10) by Mayor of Bath Paul Crossley. Store manager Briony Briscoe said: “Our opening weekend went even better than we had hoped and it was great to receive the Mayor of Bath and show him the new amenities that we…

Food

Natures Menu launches new Mighty Mixers range

The UK’s number one for raw pet food and Europe’s leading expert in raw, Natures Menu, has announced the launch of two new Mighty Mixers following the company’s successful sponsorship of Crufts 2017. This latest addition to the Natures Menu portfolio includes two new flavours of Turkey & Oats and Salmon & Potato, available to trade from 1st April at a RRP £7.95 each. The two new flavours join Natures Menu’s existing range of mixers, treats, complete raw meals and pure meat range. Made with fresh salmon and turkey meat and a wholesome blend of oats, fresh vegetables and superfoods,…

Product

Pet business expands with raw dog food on the menu

Two years ago, retired police officer Roxy Bird launched Happy Doggie with her husband Brian. The Rennington-based venture has been a success and now the pair have branched out to edible products. Launching Alnwick Raw Dog Food, the pair are supplying and stocking raw dog food for a company called Hungry Hounds, in Falkirk. And Roxy is delighted to expand the business’s offerings. Roxy commented: “The popularity of feeding a raw-food diet to our pets is on the increase. “Feeding raw ensures a natural nutritionally-balanced diet for our pets. A raw-food diet is designed to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral…

Campaign

B&M launches new TV ad campaign, aimed at dogs

North West-based retailer, B&M, has worked with Cheetham Bell on what they believe is the first ever television commercial for dogs. Working closely with dog behavioural specialists B&M aims to stimulates the dog’s senses and captures their attention within the advertisement. To highlight a range of pet products, they’ve hired an actor who can bark (as well as speak), to ensure that the ad communicates directly to its target market. This has included filming with more frames per second, so the dogs don’t see a flickering image, plus high pitched tones and hand signals.   As part of the campaign,…

Shop

Children got up close and personal with exotic pets at Wild Time Animal Club re-launch

Schoolchildren from across Staffordshire got up close and personal with exotic pets at the Wild Time Animal Club’s re-launch evening. The event, hosted by Hanley-based pet shop The Unconventional Menagerie showed youngsters how to look after exotic animals like skunks, snakes, and birds. The shop re-launched the Wild Time Animal Club after it closed in 2015 because of overwhelming interest in the sessions. The first group of children listened to pet shop co-owner Christian Castille as he spoke about what reptiles eat, and the difference between snakes and lizards. Josh Flint, a five-year-old from Newcastle-under-Lyme said: “We came to have a…

Shop

The Dog House opening in Beverley with webcams to watch pets getting treatments

A dog grooming salon which offers owners the opportunity to view their pets over a webcam is opening in Beverley. The Dog House is opening its second branch on Friday, having been based in Anlaby since 2010. The centre offers a range of services for pups, including wash and blow dries, facials and nail trimming. And its use of webcams, which allows customers to drop their pets off for a scrub and then keep an eye on the process from home, has captured the imagination of owners. And Antonia, who is employing two members of staff at the salon, said…