May 24, 2017

British firms return from Zoomark with firm orders and positive meetings with buyers from over 50 countries


An on-site survey carried out by the PetQuip association at the close of the Zoomark international pet product trade exhibition held in Bologna confirmed that the British group of exhibitors had made major inroads into many important export markets. The survey highlighted that the UK suppliers had welcomed buyers from 53 countries to their stands during the four days of the show In addition to the numerous positive enquiries received, firm orders had been cemented before the exhibition closed. For example, Hugo Kamishi secured orders from Italy and Greece, Howler & Scratch attracted orders from Malta and Austria and Armitage…

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Lincolnshire pet food manufacturer invests in its future


A family-run pet food manufacturer is investing in its future after giving staff the opportunity to complete a year-long bespoke training programme. Fold Hill Foods Ltd, based in Old Leake near Boston has increased productivity and improved efficiency by enhancing the skills of its workforce. Staff recently completed training which was focused on Business Improvement Techniques (BIT). The Level 2 Apprenticeships, delivered by leading independent training provider, Skills Training UK, helped the workforce to improve efficiency and develop new ways of thinking. Fold Hill Foods Ltd was started in 1979 by Lincolnshire farmer Ted Grant as a means to diversify…

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Bark in the Park returning for another year in Worcester


Dogs will be celebrated with a range of stalls and a show devoted to the canine community. Bark in the Park returns to Gheluvelt Park Riverside Conservation Area, organised by the team behind local web app PooWatch. The event is a mixture of dog related stalls and information stands, a fun dog show, a digital pawtrait gallery and a mutt memorial wall. Anda Phillips from Team PooWatch said: “We’re looking forward to the day; it’s important to celebrate the responsible dog owners who clean up after their dogs as dog owners and walkers can get a bad name. “This year…

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Co Tyrone firm invests £100,000 in new Crufts approved dog food


A CO Tyrone company has invested £100,000 in a new Crufts approved dog food, creating 13 jobs. Ambassador dog food is the brainchild of Basil Thompson who has been running the successful Nutts About Pets business since 2004. The firm, which has a depot in Omagh and another in Banagher, Co Offaly has created three new jobs as part of its £100,000 investment in the dog food and plans to create another 10 positions later this year. Speaking about the new brand, which was two years in the making Mr Thompson said it was the: “complete dog food for working,…

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Pet Food Pledge outlines ‘Dog Food Nasties’ Watch-List


Today sees the launch of the world’s first Pet Food Pledge and a national awareness campaign urging pet owners to critically assess what’s in their dog’s diet. Just as parents carefully avoid ‘nasties’ in their children’s food, dog owners are being encouraged to do the same for their beloved four-legged friends. The campaign is backed by research highlighting that 85% of UK dog owners are unsure of the ingredients in today’s dog food, with less than a fifth surveyed (19%), actually stopping to read the ingredients in their pet’s food*. Forthglade, a Devon-based natural dog food company established in 1971,…

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Forthglade Launch Cold Pressed Natural Dry Dog Food


Devonian dog lovers Forthglade have been leading the way in natural wet dog food since 1971 and now they’ve set tails wagging with the launch of their first ever 100% natural dry food for dogs. The new cold pressed meals contain high quality nutritionally balanced ingredients, gently pressed for just a few seconds at low temperatures, preserving all the natural goodness. As with all Forthglade’s meals, the new cold pressed range comes with a no junk promise; no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The hypo-allergenic recipes include 30% duck or chicken, 5% liver and 5% white fish, as well as…

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FishScience launch new insect meal fish food


FishScience have announced the launch of their new formula pond fish food range that uses insect meal as a key ingredient and protein source. “Pond fish foods are traditionally based on fish meal” explained FishScience founder Dr David Pool. “And yet koi, goldfish, orfe and other pond fish are not fish eaters. The new FishScience pond foods do not use any fish ingredients, replacing them with insect meal to provide a complete and nutritionally balanced diet.” The use of cultured insect meal brings a number of benefits both to the fish and to the environment: It is consumed by pond…

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Interzoo long-term plan applauded by PetQuip association


The announcement by the organisers of Interzoo, the world’s largest international pet trade exhibition, that the show will remain at its current venue in Nuremberg until at least 2036 has been celebrated by the British-based PetQuip association. PetQuip chose the Interzoo event as its launch platform in 2006, and since then the association has organised and supported the British pavilion at every edition of the biannual event. The UK exhibitor presence reached a record 62 pet trade suppliers in 2016 and interest is already high for the next edition. The association has secured a prime location for the British pavilion…

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ROYAL CANIN to launch interactive video tours of their headquarters from 5 June to 16 July


For almost 50 years, ROYAL CANIN® has developed scientifically based pet health nutrition with the real needs of individual cats and dogs at the centre of its activities. To demonstrate the extent that its world revolves around our pets, the company has launched an interactive social video that allows pet owners to instantly personalise scenes with their dog or cat. The video is part of a new educational awareness initiative, which aims to help pet owners better understand their pet’s needs by better understanding what science has proven makes them uniquely different from each other as well as people. The…

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Warm spring could result in an increasing number of fleas


A warm spring could result in hoards of insects invading homes in the area this summer, according to the boss of a pest control firm. Warm spring temperatures, on the back of one of the mildest winters on record, have helped to create ideal breeding conditions for insects. Experts say the population of wasps, flies, ants and fleas could soar as a result. Ian Urquhart, of Ashbourne-based pest control register Basis Prompt, said: “The numbers of many pests in the UK are naturally diminished by cold winters, but the weather has been very different this year and it has been…

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