January 2015
Putting a Price Tag on Success

In the independent pet specialty retail channel, price is often spoken of as almost a non-issue. Seemingly insulated by a…
Dogtopia, a dog daycare, boarding and spa franchise, has revamped its brand identity, including a new logo, signage, facility design and marketing collateral. The rebrand will be rolled out to Dogtopia’s 31 owned and franchise locations, as well as 15 new locations which are scheduled to open in 2015. The…
Solid Gold Pet has partnered with Petco to donate an estimated $500,000 of pet food to selected pet charities nationwide. The donation program was launched in early January as the more than 1,300 Petco locations across the country finalized the placement of Solid Gold's new package design."We strongly believe in…
Petland was ranked as one of the top franchises in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine. The pet specialty chain climbed 29 spots this year, ranking 442 overall on Entrepreneur's 36th Annual Franchise 500."It is an honor to once again be recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top…
Planet Dog has debuted a line of dog-friendly products for the collegiate market. The line was created for the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, a prime player in the collegiate selling market. The Notre Dame line features a wide selection of made-in-the-USA items, which includes a variety of high-quality…
Spectrum Brands Holdings, a global consumer products company with a portfolio of leading pet brands like Tetra, FURminator and IAMS, has acquired Salix Animal Health, a manufacturer of natural rawhide dog chews, treats and snacks. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.“Salix will further strengthen, expand and diversify our…
Organic pet care retailer Healthy Spot will open its sixth location in Studio City, Calif., on Jan. 24. The retailer will celebrate its "Grand Opening Pawty" with an official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Studio City Chamber of Commerce. The first 100 customers will be given cat and dog friendly…
Natura Petz ( has partnered with Global Distribution Group for international distribution of its organic pet health products. “We’re thrilled to partner with Global Distribution Group,”said Heidi Nevala, president and founder of Natura Petz. “Their expertise in global market development, operating in over 50 countries, with key relationships and distribution…
Venison Joe's Gourmet Beef Bones has accepted a strategic investment from pet industry veteran David Levy. The Van, Texas-based company, which produces all-natural smoked beef and boar bones for dogs in the USA, will continue manufacturing in its current location with expanded production and logistics facilities.Levy founded the distribution company…
In honor of its 10-year anniversary, Poochie-Pets, which makes PoochieBells, will introduce new products and host an open house in the spring. The company will also offer various promotions throughout 2015. "We wish to thank all of our customers, vendors, sales team and the media for helping our company reach…
Dogswell teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society to help adopted-pet owners feed their new dogs. Dogswell attended a NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) Adoption Weekend, and for each dog adopted, the company donated three months of its LiveFree dog food to new owners. Dogswell also donated five pallets of food…
Coastal Pet Products has expanded its Harley-Davidson collection to include new fashionable and playful items. The latest additions include: designer wrap harnesses, a matching ribbon nylon leash, three mesh tool dog toys and a leather bone toy. The designer wrap harness is available in three sizes (XSM, SML, MED) and…
Family Pet Expo has re-branded with a new name and website. The family owned and operated business will now do business as Family Pet Shows to reflect what the company's expos are, a family friendly pet show—for both fur-kids and two-legged kids alike—with educational and entertaining pet acts. Family Pet…

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Industry Calendar

January 26-29, 2015: PIDA Management Conference & 47th Annual Meeting

Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa

Bonita Springs, Fla.

Phone: (443) 640-1060


January 29-February 2, 2015: Groom Boat Cruise 2015

West Caribbean

Phone: (321) 368-6622


January 30-February 1, 2015: Lehigh Valley Pet Expo

Allentown Fairgrounds Agri-Plex Halls

Allentown, Pa.

Phone: (631) 423-0620


February 6- 8, 2015: 15th Annual Super Pet Expo

N.J. Convention & Exposition Center

Edison, N.J.

Phone: (301) 564-4050


February 7- 8, 2015: North American Reptile Breeder's Conference and Trade Show

Arlington Convention Center

Arlington, Texas

Phone: (708) 932-8044


February 14-15, 2015: 3rd Annual World of Pets Expo

Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Va.

Phone: (800) 882-9894


February 16-17, 2015: The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show

Madison Square Garden

New York, N.Y.


March 4- 6, 2015: Global Pet Expo

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, Fla.

Phone: (800) 452-1225


March 5- 7, 2015: NAPPS 2014 Annual Conference

Phone: (856) 439-0324


March 5- 8, 2015: Atlanta Pet Fair

Hilton Atlanta Airport

Atlanta, Ga.

Phone: (770) 908-9857


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