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…
San Rafael, Calif.-based pet product manufacturer Worldwise has acquired Quaker Pet Group (QPG) and its popular dog toy and pet carrier brands. The two companies will operate on the Worldwise platform. As part of the deal, QPG founders Neil Werde and David Blatte will join the Worldwise team, concentrating on…
Jolly Pets, Inc. has joined forces with Project Blue Collar and Fetch Eyewear for a social media campaign aimed at changing the way people look at Pit Bulls.    Pittie2020, which launched May 1, collects and features pictures of Pit Bulls wearing glasses as a way to “clear the vision”…
Vital Essentials has invited retailers and pet parents across the country to vote for the next three treats that will be added to the company’s current six-item Freeze-Dried Vital Treats lineup. With seven new options to choose from, including Chicken Hearts, Beef Tendons, Wild Alaskan Salmon Rings, Beef Liver, Duck Nibs,…
Nutram Pet Products, a division of Elmira Pet Products Ltd., is launching its balanced and optimized pet food lines in the United States this summer. The company’s team of nutrition experts carefully craft and cook recipes that pair ingredients together for healthful combinations, bolstering the various benefits from each ingredient. …
Following extensive testing, Spring Naturals’ super-premium line of dry dinners for cats has been certified low glycemic and diabetic friendly by the Glycemic Research Institute. The Glycemic Research Institute is an internationally accredited testing and certification organization.   “Receiving dual approval from this influential organization is very gratifying for everyone involved…
Petmate has added five fetch toys to its Chuckit! brand. The new additions include Ultra Sling, Ultra Dart Spin, Ultra Dart Speed, Ultra Dart Rugged, Ultra Dart Float and Ultra Wing.    The Ultra Sling’s elastic band allows for an adjustable range for smaller yards or open parks. It has a…
Petstages has debuted one toy line for dogs and two for cats. The Madcap line of dog toys features whimsical canvas and plush toys, perfect for inside play. The line features eight colorful characters that include sound and movement for added fun. The toys are designed for an interactive game…
Suitical International has entered its Recovery Suits into the pet retail market. Due to increased consumer demand, the company’s Recovery Suits are now available for pet stores to stock. The animal-friendly solution reduces stress and discomfort, and helps in a quicker recovery.    “More and more owners are moving away from…
NiteBeams—a manufacturer of lighted safety products and accessories—has partnered with several companies to produce private label pet products.     The company has entered into an agreement with Mace Security International, a manufacturer of personal defense products, such as the widely recognized Mace Pepper Spray. Through the agreement, NiteBeams products…
PetEdge, a supplier of wholesale grooming supplies and discount pet products, has unveiled its Insect Shield for Pets collection. The collection features a comprehensive assortment of innovative Insect Shield repellent products, including blankets, reversible beds, exercise pens, cots, cargo seat covers, premium tees, lightweight hoodies, safety vests, bandannas and neck gaiters—all…
In 2014, Matrix Partners—a brand strategy and communications firm specializing in pet product advertising, publicity and promotions—supported more animal shelters than it ever has before. Team members attended and/or coordinated over 50 rescue fundraising events, adoption days and TV segments to help pets find a new home.    The firm…
Natural Balance Pet Foods has debuted the Wild Pursuit line of wet and dry food formulas for dog and cats, plus treats for dogs. The grain-free recipes are made with minimally processed, freeze-dried raw pieces of high protein, mixed in with kibble. The formulas contain protein sources such as guinea fowl,…

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Industry Calendar

May 28-31, 2015: Aquarama 2015

Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Suntec City, Singapore

Phone: +65 6592 0889


June 5- 8, 2015: Intergroom

Garden State Exposition Center

Somerset, N.J.

Phone: (781) 326-3376


June 12, 2015: Fauna Foods Customer Appreciation Event

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Complex

East Rutherford, N.J.


June 18-21, 2015: Pacific Veterinary Conference

The Westin Long Beach

Long Beach, Calif.

Phone: (800) 655-2862


June 25-28, 2015: Petquest

Holiday Inn Roberts Conference Centre

Wilmington, Ohio

Phone: (717) 691-3388


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

Cotai Strip Cotai Expo (The Venetian Macao)

Macau, China

Phone: 852-2827 6766


July 21-23, 2015: SuperZoo

Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Las Vegas, Nev.

Phone: (800) 999-7295


August 3- 4, 2015: Phillips Pet Food & Supplies Mid-Atlantic Buying Show

Ocean Place Resort & Spa

Long Branch, N.J.

Phone: (800) 451-2817


August 6- 9, 2015: All American Grooming Show

The Westin Chicago North

Wheeling, Ill.

Phone: (717) 691-3388


August 27-30, 2015: Pet Fair Asia 2015

Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center

Shanghai, China

Phone: +86 21 6195 6088


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