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May 2015
Surveying the Battlefield

It is a jungle out there for pet specialty retailers. Facing more—and stronger—competitors than ever before, many pet store owners…
 
 
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PetHub has improved the design and packaging of its Signal Tag, which was previously only available to consumers through the company’s website.    Design updates included making some firmware and software updates that improved performance and battery life. Also, some hardware adjustments were made to make the battery casing more…
Vets Choice has changed its name to Health Extension Pet Care. The new name derives from the company’s popular line of pet food.    The company’s name will be the only change. According to Health Extension Pet Care, the company will still have the same UPCs and product numbers. It…
Fetch...for Pets! has partnered with TurboPUP founder, Kristina Guerrero, who appeared on ABC’s popular show Shark Tank, and walked away with a $100,000 investment in her company. Fetch...for Pets! will be working with Guerrero and Shark Tank’s Daymond John, to manufacture, distribute and expand the TurboPUP’s line of complete K9 meals…
Marshall Pet Products has launched its ecommerce site, earthsbalance.com, as a means to provide its products to customers who may otherwise be unable to purchase them.    “Our goal is not to compete with our current distributors and dealers, but to serve customers who might otherwise be unable to purchase the…
Fauna Foods will host its 3rd Annual Day At The Races Customer Appreciation Event at The Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Complex on Friday, June 12.  The full-day event will feature exhibitor show specials that provide significant savings on popular pet product brands; and after the exhibition floor closes,  attendees will…
Petsport has added four collections to its eco-friendly canvas toy line: Canvas Crawler, Forest Friends, Safari Suede and Bushy Buddies. Canvas Crawlers are a set of bug-shaped toys for dogs to tug and catch. They come in a 4-pack that includes Spider, Beetle, Ladybug and Fly characters. Forest Friends are…
Petmate has unveiled Glow in the Dark collars and leashes that provide nighttime visibility. The colorful collars and leashes feature high-visibility patterns that can be seen from distances up to 6 ft. To activate the GID technology, the collar or leash needs to be exposed to a bright light for…
Parker, Colo.-based sales and marketing firm Chuck Latham Associates (CLA) has acquired the pet specialty business from Burns & Associates, a leading manufacturer rep firm in the Southwest. The deal, which is effective May 1, comes on the heels of CLA’s purchase of Tomas Sales in February, and further bolsters…
By Nature, manufactured by Kent Pet Group, has unveiled Active Defense+, a line of dog and cat food specifically formulated to help protect the health of pets. Active Defense+ premium and super-premium foods combine advanced dietary science and nature’s best ingredients. All Active Defense+ products offer SuperFusion Advanced Nutritional Blend—a…
Aurora, Mo.-based Mirage Pet Products has acquired Pet Flys, a manufacturer of pet carriers, apparel, toys and accessories headquartered in Burbank, Calif. According to Pet Flys founder Tammy Arnett, Mirage Pet Products is the ideal company to take Pet Flys to the next level and meet its growing consumer demand.…
Bulldog Marketing & Sales, Inc. has released a new video entitled The Pet Industry is Broken! Let’s Start a Revolution & Sell More! In the video, John Cullen, pet industry veteran and founder of the BRONX, N.Y.-based pet marketing and sales agency, tackles many of the key issues facing the…
The Rat Assistance & Teaching Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the treatment of domestic rats, has created a Facebook group called Herp-Owners Humane Pledge. The group features information on the humane feeding of snakes and other herptiles, and offers a place for herp owners and retailers to show…

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Industry Calendar

May 5- 7, 2015: Pet Boarding & Daycare Expo West

Burbank, Calif.

Phone: (717) 691-3388

Website: www.barkleigh.com

May 5- 6, 2015: ASC West Open House

Pasadena Convention Center

Pasadena, Calif.

Phone: (800) 323-2963

Website: www.animalsupply.com

May 7-10, 2015: Zoomark International

BolognaFiere Exhibition Centre

Bologna, Italy

Phone: (+39)0243911502

Website: zoomark.it

May 28-31, 2015: Aquarama 2015

Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Suntec City, Singapore

Phone: +65 6592 0889

Website: aquarama.com.sg

June 5- 8, 2015: Intergroom

Garden State Exposition Center

Somerset, N.J.

Phone: (781) 326-3376

Website: www.intergroom.com

June 12, 2015: Fauna Foods Customer Appreciation Event

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Complex

East Rutherford, N.J.

Website: www.faunafoods.com

June 18-21, 2015: Pacific Veterinary Conference

The Westin Long Beach

Long Beach, Calif.

Phone: (800) 655-2862

Website: www.pacvet.net

June 25-28, 2015: Petquest

Holiday Inn Roberts Conference Centre

Wilmington, Ohio

Phone: (717) 691-3388

Website: www.barkleigh.com

July 17-19, 2015: International Pet & Aquarium Supplies Expo 2015

Cotai Strip Cotai Expo (The Venetian Macao)

Macau, China

Phone: 852-2827 6766

Website: www.pet-exhibition.com/main.php

July 21-23, 2015: SuperZoo

Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Las Vegas, Nev.

Phone: (800) 999-7295

Website: www.superzoo.org

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