May 24, 2017

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


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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IAMS conduct new survey on pet health


With 54 million pets estimated to live in the UK, and 16.5million of them cats and dogs, it’s fair to say that the UK is a nation of animal lovers. The nutrition experts at IAMS have put the nation’s pet parenting skills to the test, with results revealing that pet owners aren’t as animal savvy as they could be. The survey of 200 UK pet owners reveals there is an art to mealtimes. The typical UK dog or cat will enjoy breakfast at 7.43am with dinner being served 10 hours and 55 minutes later, at precisely 6.28pm. 94% of dog…

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Global pet grooming market poised to grow at around 4.7% between 2015 to 2025.


Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Pet Grooming Market Analysis & Trends – Industry Forecast to 2025” report to their offering, stating that the Global Pet Grooming Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 4.7% during the forecast period 2015 to 2025. This industry report analyses the market estimates and forecasts for all the given segments on global as well as regional levels presented in the research scope. The study provides historical market data for 2013, 2014 revenue estimations are presented for 2015 and forecasts from 2016 till 2025. The study focuses on market…

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Pets at Home to stop selling rabbits over 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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Excitement mounts as PATS Sandown moves ever closer


PATS Sandown is gearing up for another memorable exhibition as more than 140 exhibitors get set to showcase a record number of new products at the event on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21-22. The two-day show is creating a buzz of excitement in the pet industry with companies eager to unveil their latest launches for the new season. The Surrey and Esher Halls at Sandown Park will be packed with stands showcasing innovative new products, and visitors to the show will be greeted by a host of new faces as well as PATS regulars. The positive mood amongst exhibitors was…

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Royal Canin launches brand image focused on education and information


A new design, presenting Royal Canin’s brand image clearly and a focus on education and information are the highlights of the company’s activity at Crufts 2017. To reflect Royal Canin’s ‘animal first’ ethos, show visitors will have the opportunity to play interactive digital games on the stand to learn more about dogs and particularly their nutritional needs. In addition, a professional photographer will take pictures of dogs visiting the stand which will be live-linked to a photographic mosaic on display throughout the show. Royal Canin is also highlighting its partnership with Guide Dogs UK, where visitors can pull a ticket…

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Freshpet works with Tesco to bring chilled pet food to UK supermarkets


US chilled pet food brand Freshpet, one of the fastest growing pet food companies in North America, is working in partnership with Tesco to bring “the power of fresh, real food for dogs and cats” to UK supermarkets in a bid to revolutionise the way pet owners feed their pets. From late-February, Freshpet’s range of fresh pet food will be available in 300 Tesco stores nationwide, merchandised in unique Freshpet branded chiller cabinets for the pet aisle – a UK first for the category. With healthier, less processed pet food a growing trend in the UK, Freshpet’s  partnership with Tesco…

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TastyBone launches Peanut Butter bone


TastyBone, the UK manufacturer of nylon and rubber chews and toys, has launched a new flavour, adding a sweet treat for dogs to the ever-growing range of nylon bones. Made from 100% virgin nylon, TastyBone has introduced Peanut Butter flavour to the existing range which uses human grade flavours. TastyBone is non-biodegradable and there is no animal content, no salt, no sugar, no additives and no preservatives. TastyBone product manager Lynsey Aspinall states: “The new flavoured bone comes as Peanut Butter becomes an increasingly popular treat for dogs. “Dogs have a sweet tooth just like us and TastyBone is packed…

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Royal Canin to launch consumer campaign aimed at new customers


Royal Canin has launched a consumer marketing campaign which will provide 74.5m opportunities to see (OTS) the brand over the next 10 months, reaching a total of 11.1m adults or a total of 21.3 per cent of adults across the UK. Using national press partners such as The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times and The Sunday Times, the campaign aims to help educate and encourage responsible pet ownership and provide information about the benefits of scientific health nutrition, thus driving people towards the specialist pet trade. Royal Canin retail marketing manager Gemma Duffield says: “This is a high-impact campaign…

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