August 19, 2017

Cotswold RAW: Registering The Mighty Cotswold as the UK’s 1st Dog Centric Sausage


The unreliable British weather may well have put a temporary dampener on the UK’s fanatical BBQ fraternity but our island’s unquenchable bulldog spirit means we’re never more than a few sunbeams away from purring lawnmowers, the scent of fresh grass and the unmistakable whiff of frazzled meats. Nothing says BBQ more than the hearty banger for which Britain is so proud, and yet, whilst we humans chomp the chipolata one has to feel a little sorry for the salivating hounds left on the sidelines. Cotswold RAW is a proud rural provider of the ‘dog sausage,’ a nutritionally robust and sublime…

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Entry to 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards soon to close


Entry for the Pet Industry Federation Awards is quick, simple and absolutely free. To be in with a chance of winning retailers need to outline, in no more than 500 words, why they think their business should receive the award. Judging criteria and entry is available online at The winners will be announced at the 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards dinner, which will take place at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester in Northamptonshire on Tuesday 28 November, and tickets are on sale now. The spectacular birthday-themed evening will provide the backdrop for the celebration of our thriving industry, as PIF celebrates…

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Take the Sting out of the Dangerous Dogs Act


Data analysed by the campaigning organisation Born Innocent, has revealed that people are more likely to die from a bee or wasp sting than a dog attack. Since the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act, which has just had its twenty sixth-year anniversary, the average number of deaths due to dog bites in the UK is 2.8 people per year.  This is in contrast to the average number of bites for the ten years before the introduction of the Act, which was 1.1 per year. That is a rise of 155% The number of dogs is believed to have increased…

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Pooch & Mutt’s Guy Blaskey talks foreign exports with BBC Breakfast following Franprix launch


Watched by around six million people every day, the UK’s most popular breakfast news programme recently interviewed Pooch & Mutt founder Guy Blaskey. With regular presenters of the show including Charlie Stayt, the interview saw Blaskey discuss languages and foreign exports within business. Rapid growth since its 2008 launch now sees Pooch & Mutt available worldwide with exports including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Singapore, New Zeland, Dubai and India. Following a trial in Casino stores back in April, last week French grocery store Franprix launched a selection of Pooch & Mutt products. With stores located in and around Paris, Franprix offers a…

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Nottingham pet shop encourages children to consider adopting a pet snake


A shop in Stapleford held a workshop today (Mon, August 7) to introduce children to keeping pet reptiles – such as dragons, geckos and chameleons. Most kids and their parents are spending the summer holidays going abroad or enjoying the UK but this group of youngsters had a very different experience. The Japanese Water Garden pet shop taught twelve children and their parents how to look after reptiles. Wendy Langford, 50, the shop’s director, said: “With reptile keeping, it can sound a bit daunting but it is all about getting the right environment for them. “We want to break down the myth that a…

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New Natural range released by Town and Country Petfoods


Retailers will soon be able to offer customers a new selection of all-natural cat food and treats after Town & Country Petfoods unveiled its HiLife ‘It’s only natural’ range. The family-run company, based in Melton Mowbray, has drawn inspiration from the town’s heritage as a ‘rural food capital’ for the new dishes, which are available from wholesalers from August. Comprising three product types, it includes Nutritionally Complete Wet Recipes, suitable for everyday feeding, and Luxury Wet Recipes, which are ideal for cats to eat occasionally through the week as part of a complementary diet. Also available are natural treats made…

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1 in 3 give their pet human meals in place of typical tucker, contributing to growing pet obesity crisis


Sausage and mash, steak pie and beef roast dinner are the evening meals – enjoyed by DOGS, according to a survey. Researchers looking into the dietary habits of the nation’s canines have revealed the top 20 list of ‘dog’s dinners’ – ones which are meant to be enjoyed by humans but which regularly find their way into the dog’s bowl. Study of 1,500 dog owners by Freshpet shows just under three in 10 often give their pet human meals in place of their typical tucker, while 40 per cent top up their normal meal with the family leftovers. Meals such…

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Group55 open new premises


In response to continued business growth and future demand for both in-house and private label offerings; Group55 have moved to a new £2m facility in Chorley, Lancashire. The 22, 000 sq. ft. building houses the very latest equipment to maintain the company’s position as one of the world’s leading providers of products to the animal care sector. In addition to all the usual facets you would expect to find at a leading manufacturer, the facility boasts two bespoke laboratories. An impressive development laboratory supports the in-house formulation and development team in creating innovative new products using the very latest ingredients,…

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Naps in plant pots, slow cookers and dolls’ prams: owners reveal their pets’ strangest sleeping habits


37% of Brits admit that they regularly let their pet sleep in or on their bed Time 4 Sleep launches competition to find the UK’s sleepiest pet With almost half of Brits (43%) declaring that their pet has a positive impact on their stress levels, it’s hardly a surprise that the UK has become a nation obsessed with our furry companions. Research1 by online bed specialist, Time 4 Sleep, found that over a third of Brits can’t resist a cuddle with their pet even when they’re in bed, with 37% of Brits admitting that they regularly let their dog or…

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Natures Menu exceeds £30m in sales


Annual sales have exceeded the £30m mark at Norfolk-headquartered raw pet food company Natures Menu, newly filed accounts have revealed, with managing director Craig Taylor forecasting an additional £5m increase in the current financial year. The 220-strong business generated turnover of £30.5m for the 12 months to 31 March 2017, an increase of almost 20 per cent from about £25.5m a year earlier. In the annual report, managing director Craig Taylor said the growth has been achieved across all sectors of the business. Natures Menu also enjoyed an increase in gross profit from about £13m to £15.2m. But profit before…

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