August 17, 2017

Excitement mounts as PATS Sandown moves ever closer

PATS

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

Launch

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

Products

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

Product

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

Launch

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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PDSA warns that passive smoking can be harmful to pets too

Health

  Wednesday 8 marks National No Smoking Day and PDSA is giving animal lovers an extra reason to quit – for the sake of their pet’s health. The effects of second-hand smoke on humans are well known, but the impact passive smoking can have on our pets is something that smokers often underestimate, or don’t consider at all. Studies show that animals who are exposed to smoke are at a higher risk of developing respiratory disease and some cancers. PDSA vet, Rebecca Ashman, said: “Sustained exposure to cigarette smoke can cause severe breathing difficulties or cancers in pets, just as…

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The retail industry steps up the fight against rising cyber threats

Security

The BRC has today launched a cyber security ‘toolkit’ that will provide retail businesses of all sizes with a practical, step-by-step guide to prevent and manage cyber security threats and protect the customers they serve. The BRC Cyber Security Toolkit, launched in London today by the BRC and Home Office minister Sarah Newton MP, is the first of its kind. The toolkit aims to provide retailers with practical guidance to ensure they have the appropriate preventative and response measures in place to reduce their vulnerabilities and to protect both themselves and their customers. For retailers, the online market has seen…

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Animology have added to their product range by launching a colour enhancing shampoo

Product

True Colours is a specially formulated shampoo that enhances the full spectrum of colours within a dog’s coat. Specialist shampoos for white or black dogs are widely available, however, Animology believe that True Colours, which utilises the latest developments in formulation chemistry, is the first dog shampoo to improve the radiance of all dog coats regardless of hair colour or mix of colours. Group55’s managing director, Stephen Turner, commented: “We are thrilled to be launching yet another industry first that delivers meaningful innovation to our sector. Following the global success of our unique ‘Fox Poo’ shampoo it is testimony to our…

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Piper invests £5m in Barking Heads and Meowing Heads pet food brands

Investment

Piper has increased its presence in the natural pet food sector by investing £5m into Pet Food UK, the company behind the Barking Heads, Meowing Heads and AATU brands. Pet Food UK was founded in 2009 by Paul Hunter, Dave O’Regan and Jim Moloney. They met and worked together in the pet food industry at Nutro, and Paul had previously run his own kennels business. Dissatisfied with the quality of dog and cat food on offer, the trio set out to develop a solution. Barking Heads for dogs and Meowing Heads for cats are predominantly dry premium natural pet food ranges formulated with the highest quality ingredients sourced from the…

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PetLondon launched British themed pet toys

Product

PetLondon’s British themed souvenirs and toys are for audiences both at home and abroad. Nestled in the heart of London, just off Regent Street and a stone throws away from BBC Broadcasting House, PetLondon has from its conception has been 100% British. The founder’s initial idea for PetLondon was born, when in 2002, Poppy, their mascot, was rescued from Battersea’s Dog Home. The soft plush toys range starting from £7.99 RRP, are modelled on London classics, including the black cab, a red telephone box and a Union Jack bone. Also available will be a Union Jack Bandanna collar with bone…

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