April 30, 2017

Vet group accelerates acquisition plan with funding

Vet

A Watford-based veterinary group has outlined plans to purchase new practices across the UK after securing a £20m funding package. Medivet has already used part of the HSBC funding facility to purchase six sites (four in Wales and two in South London), with the aim to attain more practices across the UK this year. Established in 1987, Medivet is currently the fourth largest veterinary group in the UK with 169 practices across the country. “This latest round of funding will allow us to take up a vast amount of opportunities that have become available to us and accelerate the pace…

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Naturo introduces ‘DOG’S EAT FREE’ initiative in pubs across Surrey and Hampshire

Initiative

Natural pet food company, Naturo has teamed up with an award winning, independently owned and run pub group across Surrey and Hampshire, Red Mist Leisure to launch a ‘DOG’S EAT FREE’ initiative which kickstarts this month. The doggy menu of complimentary meals and baked treats for man’s best friend could be served across the country if the dining experiment by Naturo proves successful. Red Mist Leisure is reaching out to four-legged visitors, offering a free doggy menu behind four of its bars across Surrey & Hampshire. Owners wanting to give their pets a treat, can pick from the special ‘Dogs…

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Tetra’s key account manager shares his top tips on looking after fish over summer holidays

Fishkeeping

With the weather warming up summer feels only a few weeks away, which means holiday season is on the horizon. Although this can fill some with joy it can be a nerve wracking time for fishkeepers, especially those new to the hobby, who may be worried about leaving their fish for a period of time. Despite this, fish are a great pet as unlike fluffier companions they can be left during holidays as long as you provide them with the right care. There are a number of things retailers can do to not only put your consumers’ minds at ease…

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Natures Menu research reveals 60% of dogs suffer from health problems

Survey

Natures Menu, the UK’s number one for raw pet food and Europe’s leading expert in raw, has commissioned research revealing 60% of British dogs suffer from health problems. The research of over 1,000 dog owners in the UK* has revealed two thirds of dogs suffer from some sort of health issue, such as allergies, dental or stomach problems. Bad breath is the most common problem (26%) and over 20% admit their dog is overweight. Despite this, over 60% of owners aren’t aware that poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of health issues such as these, which, according to…

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The Dog Treat Company makes debut at NEC’s Farm Shop and Deli show

Treats

Devon-based dog treat company made its debut at this months Farm Shop and Deli show, showcasing their ‘next generation’ of dog treats and branded pouches. Having only recently moved into its purpose-built pet treat bakery, which is nestled on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, The Dog Treat Company has been working to create a dog treats range to build upon their online and independent pet store success. DTC founder Joe Halliwell commented: “As a brand that already enjoys significant exposure across a number of dog- friendly pubs & boutique hotels, garden centres, farm shops and distinguished fine food emporiums…

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Retailers continue to reassess staffing levels

Retail

The equivalent number of full time jobs fell by 3.9% compared with the same quarter a year ago. Both Food and Non-Food retailers contributed to the decline in FTE employment, although it was Food that saw the deepest falls. In the first quarter of 2017, the number of outlets rose by 0.6% compared with the same quarter a year ago. Food retailers drove the overall increase in the number of stores. All three months of the quarter reported a decline in FTE employment, with January’s decline only marginally shallower than that seen in February and March. Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief…

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Naturo launches new cans of natural pet food

Natural

Naturo Pet Foods is aiming to make natural pet food more accessible to pet owners with the introduction of a new range of 100% natural canned foods for dogs, at a competitive £1 per can price point. The Northern Ireland-based pet food company has introduced three grain and gluten free flavour varieties, each containing 50% high quality meat chunks plus fruit and vegetables in a herb gravy:  Chicken with sweet potato, mixed peppers and green beans; Turkey with Cranberry, Broccoli and Carrot; and Duck with Blueberry, Pumpkin and Courgette. Each variety also includes a number of superfoods, along with the…

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AATU launches new British turkey dog food range

Dog

Dog food brand, AATU, is launching a delicious new addition to its range. Known for their ultra premium and high protein diets, AATU has expanded their popular 80/20 line, which now includes the latest edition, free run turkey! This single source protein recipe contains 80% fresh, raw and dehydrated British turkey together with Pet food UK’s ‘Super 8’, a bespoke combination of  8 fruits, 8 herbs, 8 vegetables, 8 botanicals & spices for all healthy hounds. Handcrafted in small batch recipes, AATU for dogs Turkey is pre-cooked using Pet Food UK’s special ‘low & slow’™ method to ensure a tender…

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ROYAL CANIN Feline Care Nutrition packaging set for redesign

Nutrition

ROYAL CANIN®’s Feline Care Nutrition dry range will have a new look in-store from late April, bringing the six Feline Care dry products in line with the design of the new packs in the Feline Health Nutrition dry range which rolled out last year, and the more recent Feline Health Nutrition and Feline Care Nutrition wet packs. Gemma Duffield, ROYAL CANIN® retail marketing manager, says: “How the packs look, and their identity within the range, are so important.  Having uniformity of design across the range increases brand recognition in store, creating a strong and eyecatching ROYAL CANIN® zone, but we’ve…

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New Puppy Mama app aims to ease the life of women and their dogs

App

Puppy Mama is a new community app that connects women and their dogs with pet-friendly travel, services, places and activities. It is live on Kickstarter and raising funds to bring the project to life. Created due to a difficulty in traveling with dogs in the United States, and with only 8% of workplaces and less than 2% of restaurants are dog-friendly. Puppy Mama is hoping to change that by leveraging technology to help women connect with one another and share information that will remove the friction in finding pet-friendly travel, places, and  social events. When community members find a location they love, they can easily add a…

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