March 23, 2017

Burgess answers demand for natural foods


Burgess Pet Care in Goole has created innovative free-from recipes for its new Wellbeing range that include a full body health boost in each bag. Grains can have a negative effect on gut health and cause itchy, inflamed skin in some dogs. With more owners recognising signs of food intolerance in their pets, the Yorkshire pet food manufacturer – experts in pet nutrition for more than 200 years – is launching a new grain-free food that reinvigorates the dog inside and out. As well as being wheat, soya and dairy free, and containing a healthy gut prebiotic, the Wellbeing range…

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Strong UK sales boost pet food maker


A strong performance in the UK has helped Blackburn-headquartered pet food maker Pets Choice, whose brands include Webbox and Goodwyns, boost turnover by a fifth to more than £35m. According to its latest set of accounts, Pets Choice posted a turnover of £35.3m for the 2015 calendar year, up by around 16 per cent on a year earlier. UK turnover increased by 17 per cent while rest-of-world turnover fell by 26 per cent over the same period. Meanwhile, pre-tax profits climbed by 27 per cent to £2.4m and gross profits increased by 40 per cent to £9.5m in 2015. The…

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New haven set up for animals which have been given up or rescued


A haven of peace in the countryside has been created for animals which have either been given up by their owners or rescued. Stephen and Zoe Gledhill, co-owners of GR Pet Supplies in Grimsby’s Freeman Street have been busy creating animal oasis GR Animal Sanctuary, in Marsh Lane, in Barrow Haven. Stephen said it was something the pair had wanted to do for a “long time”. They first opened the pet shop about six years ago and were recently approached by a man who wanted to find a new home for two goats and a Shetland pony. “We tried for…

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AATU launches new wet food at Interzoo


Evolutionary dog and cat food brand AATU showcased two brand-new ranges of wet food at Interzoo last week. Known for their ultra premium and high protein dry diets, the British brand decided to expand in to wet food after receiving an overwhelming amount of requests from trade & retail customers. Boasting an impressive 90% animal sourced ingredients, the new wet food for dogs will be available in a range of five interesting flavours including Wild boar & Pork, Beef & Buffalo, and Pasture Fed Lamb. These grain free recipes can be fed as either a complete meal or as a…

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Complaints about pet insurance rocket

Complaints about pet insurance have rocketed 38 per cent in a year because of huge price hikes and disputes about which therapies should be covered. The Financial Ombudsman says it received a total of 1,089 complaints in the 12 months to April – up from 790 in the previous year. It says the rise is largely down to soaring numbers of pet owners trying to claim for therapies such as hydrotherapy and acupuncture to ease pets’ symptoms when suffering from conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism. However, while vets are increasingly offering to perform this treatment, some insurers refuse to…

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New Pets Corner store opens in Crawley

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A new Pets Corner has opened in Gossops Green selling “naturally sourced” products and where dog owners can socialise their pooches with other pets on a weekly basis. Pets Corner has expanded by opening the doors to its third store in Crawley at the weekend. The company, which used to have its headquarters based in Crawley town centre and opened its fourth ever branch in the town in 1994, has moved into Squires Garden Centre, in Horsham Road, Gossops Green. The latest shop opened on Saturday (May 28) and four jobs have been created in the town as a result, with staff members…

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New HALTI Walking range for everyday walking


The Company of Animals is excited to announce the eagerly anticipated global trade launch of the HALTI Walking range at this year’s Interzoo Show. This new range has been designed specifically for everyday dog walking, bringing together style, comfort and safety for both dog and owner. The HALTI Walking range comes in four vibrant colours with a smart two-tone webbing and incorporates great safety features like close control handles for instant dog restraint and 3M Scotchlite™ reflective weave for high visibility in all conditions. Soft neoprene padding on collars, harnesses and lead handle loops bring comfort for both dog and…

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100,000 people say: Ban the fireworks for our pets


The campaign calls for the ban of private fireworks and for the use of them to be restricted to just a few specific days a year – like Guy Fawkes Night and Diwali. It is being backed by animal charity the RSPCA, who get hundreds of calls about fireworks every year because so many animals are frightened by the loud noises. Pet owners who know about their animal’s fear of fireworks can treat them with medication, but only if they know in advance when fireworks will be let off. By restricting their use to certain days, many pets will be…

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Loyalty scheme and click & collect success for Pets at Home

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Pets at Home reported encouraging full-year results this week, with the specialist retailer posting a 2.1% increase in like-for-like sales for the 53 weeks to 31 March 2016. Sales of advanced nutrition ranges grew at a faster pace than the general pet food and accessories categories, with group revenue creeping up from £778 million in 2015 to £793 million in 2016. Its vets and grooming services are also a key revenue driver, with this division of the business up 10% LFL and 29.2% in total thanks to recent acquisitions. Off the back of this performance, statutory profit before tax rose from £87 million to £97.3 million over the 12-month…

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Pets at Home boosts dividend


Pets at Home, the UK’s largest pet store chain, has boosted its dividend after notching up decent sales in Britain in its second year as a listed company. The group, which has more than 400 pet shops in Britain, but also generates revenues from inhouse vet practices and grooming services, said that full-year pro forma revenues climbed 6.7 per cent to £729.1m in the year to 24 March, when excluding an extra week of trading this year. This was fuelled by a more than 10 per cent increase in like-for-like revenues from its services business – and a big contribution…

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