June 23, 2017

PATS: Why new companies decide to launch at the show


The UK pet industry has seen an impressive number of companies entering the market over the past few years and many of these new businesses have chosen the PATS trade shows as their launch pad. This year’s PATS Telford on September 24-25 will see a host of newcomers exhibiting their new products and services to an audience of UK and international pet retailers. PAWBO is a newcomer to the UK market with its wireless interactive pet camera and the company will be exhibiting at PATS Telford for the first time. Marketing director Ray Lin said: “PAWBO and the PAWBO Theme…

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Biopod™, a complete micro-habitat, is set to launch globally on 17 July


Company founder Jared Wolfe initially conceived Biopod to be a safe haven for endangered rainforest species, namely frogs. The goal was to re-create conditions found in the wild and assist in conservation projects to breed endangered species and release back into the wild. After years of design and testing, Biopod launched a Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign and raised over $1.2 million through over 1,200 backers. It’s since received huge exposure in North America and had further private equity investment to ensure Biopod is a worldwide success. What is Biopod? Biopod comes in 5 sizes and contains the latest technology to keep a…

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TRIXIE builds new warehouse to aid in product availability


In spring, TRIXIE Heimtierbedarf GmbH & Co. KG (TRIXIE Pet Supplies) in Tarp started building another warehouse. Directly adjoining Hall 11, which was completed in 2012, a 26-metre high building in silo structure is now being built on a total area of 9,600 m2. The structure allows optimal use of the available surface area. Jan Petersen, head of intralogistics, explains: “Our customers value our fast and flexible delivery capacity. As we have reached the limits to our capacity with our existing halls, the construction of a new hall ensures optimal product availability,” The new, fully automated high-bay warehouse under construction…

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IAMS new campaign highlights nutritional value of their food


As the gap between pet food and human food trends continues to narrow, consumers are scrutinising the ingredients in the nutrition they feed their pets more than ever. Owners are demanding pet nutrition with a high meat content and natural ingredients that are low in sugar, salt and fat, whilst ensuring their pets enjoy flavour and variety in their diet1. It is this insight that has underpinned IAMS latest campaign to highlight why IAMS is packed with high quality animal proteins to support healthy, active lives for pets. The new IAMS Proactive Health campaign showcases the impressively high levels of…

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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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