September 2014
The Bigger They Are...

PetSmart’s largest investors do not appear very happy. In a recent letter to the company’s board, Jana Partners, which holds…
The Company of Animals has updated the sizing and packaging of its Anxiety Warp. The wrap works by activating and maintaining key pressure points to help calm dogs. The garment’s custom fabric is lightweight and breathable, so it flexes and stretches with the pet’s body, providing a comforting hug-like sensation…
Experts in the pet industry, with a record of success in launching well-known pet products, have formed the International Pet Group (IPG), which specializes in licensing and promotion of pet-centric products on behalf of larger commercial brands. IPG will selectively partner with national, general consumer licensee brands that have the…
Laika, an Israel-based manufacturer of hand-made pet collars, will celebrate the birthday of its founder, Sivan Zilber, with a number of contests and giveaways on its Facebook page on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Visitors who take part in the celebration will have a chance to win products not only from Laika,…
Eagle Flexible Packaging has added the Slider Select advanced zipper feature to its Zip Pak. The compact slider feature enables consumers to open and close a package with ease. Slider Select is ideal for a variety of products, as it maintains package integrity with a leak-resistant design and high inside…
Worldwise has added electronic cat toys to its Petlinks Exercise line. “As the innovation pioneers in the cat products category, and with sales of our Petlinks electronic cat toy line up significant double digits at pet specialty stores this last holiday season, we’ve continued to focus on our Petlinks Exercise…
Oxbow Animal Health has introduced a limited-time promotion featuring its Western Timothy hay and Harvest Stacks compressed hays. For a limited-time, every 90 oz. Oxbow Western Timothy Hay will include a free, individually-wrapped sample of Harvest Stacks. Oxbow Harvest Stacks utilize special compression technology to transform all-natural, hand-sorted Western Timothy…
Sleepypod’s Clickit Sport dog safety harness has earned a five-star crash-test rating—the highest possible rating—by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) in its Harness Certification Program. The rating spans three size categories: small, medium and large. The CPS Harness Certification is the first formal crash-test rating system for pet travel…
Nature’s Logic has added two distributor partners. Denver-based Monarch Pet Products will serve retailers in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Lucid Pet Distribution, a leading supplier of pet health products in Western Canada, will distribute Nature’s Logic’s products in its territory. Nature’s Logic makes food, treats, supplements, and other items…
NorthStar Investors has acquired Pet Buddies, Inc., from KollerCraft. . “The acquisition of Pet Buddies was natural for the company,” said Sean Rowe, general manager for Pet Buddies. “We have been in the pet industry for more than a decade and are thrilled to have taken on this unique, high-quality…
In Clover has released an arsenal of tools to help resellers understand its wellness supplements for dogs and cats. “Because our products are so unique in the marketplace, it’s important that our distributors and retailers have a strong understanding of the science behind the supplements and are confident in explaining…
Look Who’s Happy, a Gainesville, Ga.-based pet food and treat manufacturer, has unveiled its debut products. The company launched eight SKUs under two product lines: Fetch’n Fillets and Tempt’n Tenders. Fetch’n Fillets are whole-muscle jerky treats made from naturally raised beef, cage-free chicken or grass-fed bison, all sourced from the…
Greenport, N.Y.-based Harbor Pet celebrated its grand re-opening, which is now under new management, and helped support the North Fork Animal Welfare League (NFWAL), of Southold, N.Y., in August. The weekend long event, which was held Aug. 15-16, kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially re-open with Kimberly…

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Industry Calendar

September 19-21, 2014: Backer’s Total Pet Expo Fall Trade Show

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, Ill.

Phone: (800) 826-1375


September 27-28, 2014: North American Reptile Breeder's Conference and Trade Show

Arlington Convention Center

Arlington, Texas

Phone: (708) 932-8044


October 2- 3, 2014: Phillips Southern Buying Show

Disney's Contemporary Resort

Orlando, Fla.

Phone: 800-451-2817


October 11-14, 2014: IPATA Conference

InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa

Panama City, Panama

Phone: 903-769-2267


October 21-22, 2014: Phillips New England Buying Show

MGM Grand at Foxwoods

Manshantucket, Conn.

Phone: 800-451-2817


November 14-16, 2014: Meadowlands Pet Expo

Meadowlands Expo Center

Secaucus, N.J.

Phone: (631) 423-0620


November 17-20, 2014: China International Pet Show

China International Exhibition Center

Beijing, China

Phone: 86-10-88102257


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