April 30, 2017

  • Vet

    Vet group accelerates acquisition plan with funding

    A Watford-based veterinary group has outlined plans to purchase new practices across the UK after securing a £20m funding package. Medivet has already used part of the HSBC funding facility to purchase six sites (four in Wales and two in South London), with the aim to attain more practices across the UK this year. Established in 1987, Medivet is currently the fourth largest veterinary group in the UK with 169 practices across the country. “This latest round of funding will allow us to take up a vast amount of opportunities that have become available to us and accelerate the pace…

  • Initiative

    Naturo introduces ‘DOG’S EAT FREE’ initiative in pubs across Surrey and Hampshire

    Natural pet food company, Naturo has teamed up with an award winning, independently owned and run pub group across Surrey and Hampshire, Red Mist Leisure to launch a ‘DOG’S EAT FREE’ initiative which kickstarts this month. The doggy menu of complimentary meals and baked treats for man’s best friend could be served across the country if the dining experiment by Naturo proves successful. Red Mist Leisure is reaching out to four-legged visitors, offering a free doggy menu behind four of its bars across Surrey & Hampshire. Owners wanting to give their pets a treat, can pick from the special ‘Dogs…

  • Fishkeeping

    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…

  • Survey

    Natures Menu research reveals 60% of dogs suffer from health problems

    Natures Menu, the UK’s number one for raw pet food and Europe’s leading expert in raw, has commissioned research revealing 60% of British dogs suffer from health problems. The research of over 1,000 dog owners in the UK* has revealed two thirds of dogs suffer from some sort of health issue, such as allergies, dental or stomach problems. Bad breath is the most common problem (26%) and over 20% admit their dog is overweight. Despite this, over 60% of owners aren’t aware that poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of health issues such as these, which, according to…

  • Treats

    The Dog Treat Company makes debut at NEC’s Farm Shop and Deli show

    Devon-based dog treat company made its debut at this months Farm Shop and Deli show, showcasing their ‘next generation’ of dog treats and branded pouches. Having only recently moved into its purpose-built pet treat bakery, which is nestled on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, The Dog Treat Company has been working to create a dog treats range to build upon their online and independent pet store success. DTC founder Joe Halliwell commented: “As a brand that already enjoys significant exposure across a number of dog- friendly pubs & boutique hotels, garden centres, farm shops and distinguished fine food emporiums…

FEATURES

PATS

Excitement mounts as PATS Sandown moves ever closer

Mar 9, 2017

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…

Launch

Royal Canin launches brand image focused on education and information

Mar 8, 2017

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…

Products

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

Mar 8, 2017

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…

Product

TastyBone launches Peanut Butter bone

Mar 8, 2017

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…

NEWS

Vet

Vet group accelerates acquisition plan with funding

A Watford-based veterinary group has outlined plans to purchase new practices across the UK after securing a £20m funding package. Medivet has already used part of the HSBC funding facility to purchase six sites (four in Wales and two in South London), with the aim to attain more practices across the UK this year. Established in 1987, Medivet is currently the fourth largest veterinary group in the UK with 169 practices across the country. “This latest round of funding will allow us to take up a vast amount of opportunities that have become available to us and accelerate the pace…

Initiative

Naturo introduces ‘DOG’S EAT FREE’ initiative in pubs across Surrey and Hampshire

Natural pet food company, Naturo has teamed up with an award winning, independently owned and run pub group across Surrey and Hampshire, Red Mist Leisure to launch a ‘DOG’S EAT FREE’ initiative which kickstarts this month. The doggy menu of complimentary meals and baked treats for man’s best friend could be served across the country if the dining experiment by Naturo proves successful. Red Mist Leisure is reaching out to four-legged visitors, offering a free doggy menu behind four of its bars across Surrey & Hampshire. Owners wanting to give their pets a treat, can pick from the special ‘Dogs…

Survey

Natures Menu research reveals 60% of dogs suffer from health problems

Natures Menu, the UK’s number one for raw pet food and Europe’s leading expert in raw, has commissioned research revealing 60% of British dogs suffer from health problems. The research of over 1,000 dog owners in the UK* has revealed two thirds of dogs suffer from some sort of health issue, such as allergies, dental or stomach problems. Bad breath is the most common problem (26%) and over 20% admit their dog is overweight. Despite this, over 60% of owners aren’t aware that poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of health issues such as these, which, according to…

Treats

The Dog Treat Company makes debut at NEC’s Farm Shop and Deli show

Devon-based dog treat company made its debut at this months Farm Shop and Deli show, showcasing their ‘next generation’ of dog treats and branded pouches. Having only recently moved into its purpose-built pet treat bakery, which is nestled on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, The Dog Treat Company has been working to create a dog treats range to build upon their online and independent pet store success. DTC founder Joe Halliwell commented: “As a brand that already enjoys significant exposure across a number of dog- friendly pubs & boutique hotels, garden centres, farm shops and distinguished fine food emporiums…

Retail

Retailers continue to reassess staffing levels

The equivalent number of full time jobs fell by 3.9% compared with the same quarter a year ago. Both Food and Non-Food retailers contributed to the decline in FTE employment, although it was Food that saw the deepest falls. In the first quarter of 2017, the number of outlets rose by 0.6% compared with the same quarter a year ago. Food retailers drove the overall increase in the number of stores. All three months of the quarter reported a decline in FTE employment, with January’s decline only marginally shallower than that seen in February and March. Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief…

Natural

Naturo launches new cans of natural pet food

Naturo Pet Foods is aiming to make natural pet food more accessible to pet owners with the introduction of a new range of 100% natural canned foods for dogs, at a competitive £1 per can price point. The Northern Ireland-based pet food company has introduced three grain and gluten free flavour varieties, each containing 50% high quality meat chunks plus fruit and vegetables in a herb gravy:  Chicken with sweet potato, mixed peppers and green beans; Turkey with Cranberry, Broccoli and Carrot; and Duck with Blueberry, Pumpkin and Courgette. Each variety also includes a number of superfoods, along with the…

Dog

AATU launches new British turkey dog food range

Dog food brand, AATU, is launching a delicious new addition to its range. Known for their ultra premium and high protein diets, AATU has expanded their popular 80/20 line, which now includes the latest edition, free run turkey! This single source protein recipe contains 80% fresh, raw and dehydrated British turkey together with Pet food UK’s ‘Super 8’, a bespoke combination of  8 fruits, 8 herbs, 8 vegetables, 8 botanicals & spices for all healthy hounds. Handcrafted in small batch recipes, AATU for dogs Turkey is pre-cooked using Pet Food UK’s special ‘low & slow’™ method to ensure a tender…

Nutrition

ROYAL CANIN Feline Care Nutrition packaging set for redesign

ROYAL CANIN®’s Feline Care Nutrition dry range will have a new look in-store from late April, bringing the six Feline Care dry products in line with the design of the new packs in the Feline Health Nutrition dry range which rolled out last year, and the more recent Feline Health Nutrition and Feline Care Nutrition wet packs. Gemma Duffield, ROYAL CANIN® retail marketing manager, says: “How the packs look, and their identity within the range, are so important.  Having uniformity of design across the range increases brand recognition in store, creating a strong and eyecatching ROYAL CANIN® zone, but we’ve…