March 23, 2017

Hilton Herbs launches range of colour coded cat & dog packaging


Following consultation with customers and retailers, Hilton Herbs, manufacturer of natural herbal supplements, reveals its new range of packaging. Hilton Herbs new packaging allows customers to identify and select their chosen natural supplements. This leads to improved brand recognition, customer loyalty and repeat purchasing. The products come in distinct, shelf ready stepped six pack point of sale equipment. The range builds into a modular display that is both informative and easy on the eye. Further on-pack changes include clear multi lingual instructions and tamper proof dropper bottles. Hilton Herbs Cat product range includes; Kitty Ease, Kitty KD, Kitty Mew’n, Kitty Komfort, Senior Kitty,…

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Tetra refreshes AquaSafe and EasyBalance formulae for optimal aquarium care


Tetra has refreshed two of its most popular water care solutions, AquaSafe and EasyBalance, with improved formulae. This follows research from Tetra which showed 86% of fishkeepers rarely test their waters. Not to mention they don’t understand the importance of achieving good water quality levels and the effects these have. When it comes to solutions for keeping healthy aquariums, only 44% of consumers are aware of solutions with beneficial bacteria. Again, only 33% are familiar with products which influence water values highlighting a need to better educate fishkeepers. This provides a huge opportunity for retailers to educate their customers on the importance of proactively…

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PIF launches new energy benefit for its members


The Pet Industry Federation, PIF,  has today given pet businesses another reason to join in membership. It has added another great feature to the growing portfolio of business benefits. The federation has teamed up with energy broker, Business Juice, to bring the best prices for their gas and electricity rates. PIF members who sign up with Business Juice will also receive a £35 Amazon voucher. PIF Business Juice has access to the majority of companies in the energy market and actively promotes the top five supplier prices. This means that businesses get access to the best prices. Business Juice works actively…

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Pet Insurance Policy Holders Urged to Check Small Print


A report published last month found that a large number of pet insurance claims had been rejected last year. Policy holders have been urged to make sure they are aware of all specifics of their policy so they don’t get caught out. According to a recent survey, more than a third of all pet insurance claims registered are unsuccessful. Data from the Association of British Insurers showed that the average claim last year was worth around £720, and that there were around 911,000 claims made last year. Therefore, with 37% of claims having been rejected, pet owners shelled out a…

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Pet care sales forecasted to decline

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Retail analysts are forecasting slowing sales of pet care retail products over the next five to 10 years, due to people feeling less able to keep pets as a result of their personal circumstances. The falling figures come as result of both the ageing population and the long boom in house prices, experts say. The forecasts are set out in Mintel’s annual British Lifestyles report. The 125-page study charts a string of key consumer trends in the last year including a boom in sales of sparkling wine, foreign holidays and gourmet dining. However,  products relating to pet care retail and DIY are forecasted…

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Natural and grain-free pet food: Serious contenders


Data released by GfK shows that natural pet food cornered well over half (58 percent) of the USA’s total $13 billion spend in the ‘pet specialty’ market last year, while grain-free came in just short of the 30 percent mark. The growth of natural and grain-free pet food is not limited to the USA either, with the UK, the Czech Republic and Greece all showing notable demand within both product areas. In the UK, natural pet food accounted for 38 percent of the total spend for the ‘pet specialty’ market in 2015, while grain-free took 15 percent. For the Czech…

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The Pet Experience in Weymouth expands after 10 years of success

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Cormac Linehan launched The Pet Experience nine years ago and is overwhelmed at its success. It was originally located on Cambridge Road in Weymouth, but after a long wait Cormac recently moved it to a much bigger premises at Link Park on the Granby Industrial Estate. Cormac described how he had always been an animal lover and for years he had always had a lot of pets, with at one stage having his hands full with around 18 different animals in the house from fish to guinea pigs to dogs. Talking about what inspired him to take the risk and launch…

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Pets at Home profits from “resilient” pet market

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Pets at Home enjoyed a year of rising profits, catalysed by services for pet owners. The 53 weeks to March 31 saw total sales rise 6.7% to £793m. Overall like for like sales jumped 2.1%, with the chain’s services division in particular enjoying a like-for-like increase of 10%. The year also saw several new concept stores trialled, such as convenience-concept chain ‘Whiskers N paws’ and ‘Barkers’, a store specifically for dog owners. CEO Ian Kellett claimed it was “another year of good progress”, but warned that future profits would be impacted by the introduction of the national living wage, as well…

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Finchley pet shop to close after 48 years


A well-known pet shop in Finchley ceases trading after almost half-a-century in the business. Dunlops Pet Shop, on Long Lane, has survived numerous burglaries over the years and a fire in 1985 which killed many pets – but in the end it’s mainly the internet which finished off the business. Owner Stephen Dunlop, 63, began work in the shop as a 16-year-old, initially for just two weeks to help out his parents while they went on holiday. Little did he know it was to be a job for a lifetime. The shop was also the place in which he met…

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Stockton Heath pet shop surpasses 20,000 online order milestone

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A pet shop in the heart of Stockton Heath has praised its ‘loyal’ customers after surpassing the 20,000 online order milestone. Pets Pantry, on London Road, which was opened in 1980 by Karen Hodgkins, only brought its range of 10,000 products to the web in 2011. But celebrations have been taking place since last month after the store announced more than 20,000 orders have been processed online. The shop has never stocked pets, instead focusing on providing food and accessories for animals across the country. The web service offers an instant chat option, next day delivery and stock listings –…

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