April 30, 2017

Furrrr-Get-Me-Not pet shop joins forces with Manchester Dogs’ Home

Adoption

Cat McNish and Hayley Drinkeld opened Furrrr-Get-Me-Not on the third floor of Afflecks in Manchester earlier this year, and were keen to support a local animal charity. Their shop sells a variety of pet accessories and treats, vegan dog food, dog beer and baked goods and is even set to introduce a range of herbal teas made specially for dogs. Now Cat and Hayley have decided to help support Manchester Dogs’ Home by running a profile of a new dog in need of a home every week. They have also launched a ‘cutest dog’ competition to help raise cash for the…

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Pet product buyers meet with British exhibitors at Global Pet Expo

Exhibition

A number of the first-time pet product firms returning from the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida which was held in March have expressed interest in exhibiting at the show again next year. The products shown by the UK exhibitors participating in the group organised by the PetQuip association attracted a wide audience from worldwide markets. Regular exhibitors, such as Hilton Herbs, also returned to the UK with good results, having received interest from a number of Far Eastern countries and from Finland and Puerto Rico. The company received good news too from a Canadian distributor, secured by the firm…

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Kittyrama secures trials and exports within 3 months of launch

Exports

Within 3 months from launch, the award-winning company secured trials with both Pets at Home and Pets Corner chains; with exports to Japan, France, Portugal and Iceland and featured in British Vogue magazine. Kittyrama’s patented cat collars are proving to be a hit amongst cat owners and is looking to supply directly to the independent UK trade, with MOQs as little as 4 units, and continues to look for increasing distribution across the wholesaler network.

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Pets at Home open in Malvern

New pet shop

Malver’s newest pet shop has been officially opened by coun Christine O’Donnell, the deputy chairman of Malvern Hills District Council. Coun O’Donnell attended the grand opening of Pets at Home, on Malvern Retail Park, and took a tour of the store, including its grooming salon and vets’ practice. Simon Hughes, store manager, said: “Our opening weekend went even better than we had hoped and it was great to receive coun O’Donnell and show her the new amenities that we have on offer at the store.” The opening of the shop has created five full and part-time jobs, and the new…

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Pets at Home to stop selling rabbits over Easter

Easter

Pets at Home is set to stop selling rabbits at all of its 430-plus stores this Easter to educate and inform children on the importance of responsible pet ownership. Customers will not be able to buy or adopt a rabbit during the period between Good Friday and Easter Monday. Each year, customer interest in rabbits increases at Easter due to the holiday’s connection with the Easter Bunny. To ensure families understand the specific needs of rabbits, Pets at Home is hosting free rabbit workshops in all stores throughout the Easter weekend. These sessions help children understand the welfare needs of…

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Ruffwear releases summer products range for active dogs

Product

Ruffwear®, the performance dog gear brand, has launched a range of products designed to keep dogs safe and active during the summer months. Cooling The cooling range has been expanded for SS17 and now includes three products which all feature three-layer construction for maximum performance. A wicking outer layer facilitates evaporative cooling, an absorbent mid layer stores water for evaporation and a comfortable inner layer transfers the cooling effect to the dog. New to the range for SS17 is the Jet Stream™ cooling vest. Designed with the active dog and owner in mind, it is cut for fast and light…

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Velcro companies expands its consumer business with investment in Petface

Acquisition

Velcro Companies has announced its acquisition of a minority stake in Petface Ltd., a pet products company based in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. The agreement will add further momentum to the company’s global consumer business and supplements its innovative product development capabilities. Established in 2011, Petface has over 3,000 products across the dog, cat, small pet and wild bird categories. Mark Sater, vice president of Strategic Execution for Velcro Companies, says: “This new shared venture with Petface represents another strategic step in building our presence in growth markets, and we are enthusiastic about the significant further potential for Petface to develop…

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3P finalises rebranding of company

Rebranding

3P, the manufacturer and distributor of branded accessories for dogs and cats, has finalised the rebranding of the company and repositioning of its core products. The new 3P brand focuses on supplying accessories to improve the health and wellbeing of pets and simplify pet ownership. As part of the rebranding process 3P has revisited its product range and deselected products which do not fit with this core value. The business has been in operation since 2002 and has gone through many changes over the past 15 years from internet retailer, to distributor, to the manufacture of its own Henry Wag®…

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Skinner’s new ‘Life’ range now available from wholesalers

Food

A premium range for all life stages, Skinner’s new Life range is now available from wholesalers. Life, aimed at pets,  is available in Puppy, Junior, Adult and Senior, with Sensitive available for those dogs needing a fully hypo allergenic option. The range is perfectly balanced with super premium ingredients – including optimum levels of all nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals – to form a highly palatable diet for all stages of a dog’s life. Skinner’s pride themselves on the fact that all their diets have been carefully formulated by expert nutritionists to provide the correct balance of protein, carbohydrate,…

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Natures menu increases team as new factory gets closer

Management

Natures Menu has increased its senior team with the addition of a number of appointments to the management team. James Langan takes up role as Commercial Director, Dawn Spiby as Marketing Director and Richard Franklin as Production Manager. James has an extensive career within FMCG at board level and is a strategically focused director with a track record of driving sales and profit growth for leading branded manufacturers, having managed several turnarounds. He joins from Tangerine Confectionery where he was acting deputy CEO. Dawn is an experienced marketer and innovator, who has worked in several major companies in the food sector,…

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