August 17, 2017

Forthglade receives £6m investment from Piper


Forthglade, one the UK’s most established manufacturers of natural pet food, has confirmed a £6m investment from Piper, a leading specialist investor in consumer brands. The Devon-based company, which has been manufacturing natural dog and cat food for over 40 years, chose Piper from a number of investors. Gerard Lovell, joint managing director of Forthglade, commented: “Although we were approached by other potential investors, Piper demonstrated the value it will bring to our brand and has already had a significant impact on the business. It was this, combined with the team’s undeniable passion for creating brand legends, that set Piper…

Trilanco listed in Hot 100


Trilanco, one of the leading animal health and equine product wholesalers, has been listed as one of the UK’s fastest growing private companies in Real Business’s Hot 100. Commenting on the company’s latest accolade, Martin Balmer, managing director of Trilanco, said: “We’re very proud of any list or award we’re nominated for or win. The Real Business Hot 100 looks at all sectors of UK business, so it’s exciting to be recognised on a national scale. Our philosophy at Trilanco is a pretty simple one, and that’s that we want to work with our customers and provide what they need….

Group 55 introduces new brand DogStar


Group 55, the creators of award-winning Animology, has introduced a new ‘entry level’ brand, Dog Star. The pet care and grooming manufacturers and distributors has released the initial DogStar range of five quick rinse, low foam, PH balanced shampoos. Retailing at just £2.99 for a 300ml bottle, DogStar launches with five fragrances including Bubblegum, Zingy Lime, Pink Grapefruit, Raspberry & Vanilla, and Honey & Shea Butter. DogStar’s parent company Group 55 Limited was established in 1999, and since then has sold millions of products worldwide. For more information visit 

FishScience use new formula for aquarium foods


UK based company FishScience has launched a new formula for its Aquarium Foods, which are rich in Insect Meal. Dr. David Pool, founder of FishScience, said: “Insect meal is a fantastic new ingredient that we are using in the FishScience range of foods to replace much of the fish based ingredients that are traditionally used.” The use of insect meal brings a number of benefits both to the fish and to the environment, being naturally what they would consumer in the wild. It contains Inulin, a natural probiotic product that helps digestion and reduces waste. It also reduces the use…

Orbiloc increases safety with the new Dog Dual light


Danish manufacturer Orbiloc has added to its range of safety lights with the new Dog Dual. The LED safety light is designed to keep both the dog and its owner safe, distributing the light in a 270° arc that is visible from a distance of five kilometres, allowing road users plenty of time to react. The Dog Dual, which comes with a three-year warranty, is streamlined with a size of 35mm x 200mm,weighing only 19 grams. The new design also means the light is 100% waterproof. The Orbiloc Dog Dual has different attachments that allow you to decide how and…

PATS Telford has record attendance


PATS Telford received a record number of visitors at the two-day event on the 27 and 28 September. The show saw a total of 2,036 visitors attend Telford International Centre, a 6% increase on PATS Harrogate last year. The event has been hailed a huge success by both exhibitors and visitors of the pet trade. Retailers attended from both the UK and overseas, with the show taking on a strong international presence. Buyers travelled from Mainland Europe, as well as Australia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Japan. One of the busiest areas at PATS was the International Buyers’ Lounge, hosted…

Competition winners meet Webbs’ Guide Dog


The winners of a competition to name the new Webbs’ Guide Dog got to meet the puppy for the first time at Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold. Customers of Webbs managed to raise over £5,000 for the charity Guide Dogs, which gave them the opportunity to sponsor the puppy for the first year of its life as well as to name him. The winners were Joy Taylor of Redditch and Mike Baker from Stoke Heath, who chose to name the puppy ‘Wooster’. Mrs Taylor, whose aunt was a Guide Dog puppy walker, said that she was thrilled to have co-won…

First day at PATS Telford hailed a huge success


Exhibitors at PATS have praised the opening day of PATS Telford 2015 as a huge success. The event, held at Telford International Centre, saw more than 300 new products unveiled, with a large number of international buyers visiting the show as well as a large amount of UK-based retailers. Animal skincare manufacturer Leucillin was particularly successful, winning a New Product Award for its new display stand. Georgina Bashforth said: “We’re absolutely blown away by winning. We have done fantastically well today already and it’s only day one. The layout is very nice and easy to navigate and there’s a really…

PATS Telford 2015 New Product Awards revealed


The winners of the New Product Awards at PATS Telford 2015 have been announced. A team of expert pet retail judges chose from 300 new products entered into the showcase, and the recipients of the awards were revealed on Sunday 27 September. The judges took into account a number of guideline criteria when making their decisions, including product innovation, design, quality, packaging and value for money. The judges agreed that the New Product Showcase had produced a high calibre of entries with a tremendous amount of innovation. They were pleased to see such a wide range of products, and felt…

Kennel Club supporting Agility Team GB

Kennel Club

The Kennel Club is sending its best wishes to the Agility Team GB for the FCI Agility World Championships. The championships will be taking place at the Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy next week. From 8 – 11 October, pedigree dogs from all over the world will be competing for the title of Agility World Champion. The British team includes three times Agility World Champions, Natasha Wise and her dog Dizzy. Mark Laker, GB team manager, said: “As the FCI World Championships draw closer, Agility Team GB are making their final preparations for what promises to be another fantastic event….