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March 2015
Answering the Tough Questions

It is a great time to be in the pet business. Not only are consumers continuing to display an unwavering…
 
 
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As part of its ongoing VE ALPHA Prey-model diet campaign to encourage pet parents to feed healthier diets, Vital Essentials is offering special pricing on its popular Green Tripe products in March. “March is a natural—everybody is thinking ‘green,’ so we thought it was a great time to call attention…
Canadian pet retailer Pet Valu has acquired the 32-store Jack’s Pets chain, as well as its online pet product outlet, petsolutions.com. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.“We are excited to be able to work with the people at Jack’s Pets and PetSolutions,” said Tom McNeely, CEO of Markham,…
The Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition (PISC) will release its Sustainability Showcase Volume 1 at Global Pet Expo. It features four stories of how companies are maximizing the business value of environmental and social sustainability programs. Pulling from their membership base of over 100 companies, the feature stories include a financial…
Solid Gold Pet has named Steve Opitz as director of quality. In this position, Opitz will oversee all technical developments, commercialization, and manufacturing procedures of the company’s third-party production facilities and sourcing partners.In addition, Opitz will lead the design and implementation of a quality program to complement Solid Gold’s long-term…
Kristen Levine—founder and president of Kristen Levine Pet Living, a multimedia platform that connects pet-positive companies with the vast audience of pet product and service consumers—has collaborated with Mary Furlong & Associates and Dog Bone Marketing Solutions for the Pet Living 50+ marketing program. The program aims to assist pet-positive…
TailsSpin Pet Food and Accessories, a Savannah, Ga.-based retail operation with three stores, was named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Blue Ribbon Awards recognize companies for their dedication to the principles of free enterprise, contributions to restoring jobs and supporting economic…
Wellness Natural Pet Food and the WellPet Foundation made a $1.7 million in-kind donation of Wellness pet food to PetSmart Charities for distribution to five shelters in Arizona and Indiana serving pets in need. The donation represents the largest-ever volume donation received by PetSmart Charities, and the single-largest donation by…
An U.S. Army Veteran received a service dog specifically trained for his needs, as a result from Three Dog Bakery's Veteran's Day promotion. Through the promotion, Three Dog Bakery raised $5,000 for F.I.S.H. (Food Industry Serving Heroes), which paid for training two service dogs. Brandon Garrison met his service dog…
Mike Silva has rejoined Fauna Foods as its director of sales. Silva left the company to consult in a start-up venture. He joined Fauna Foods in 2013 and has 15 years of experience in the consumer products sector. Previously, Silva worked as a unit manager, Long Island at Phillip Morris…
Dogswell has redesigned the packaging for several of its food and treat lines. Happy Hips, Vitality and Dogwell’s Jerky treats, Bars, Strips, Squares and Grillers will have an updated look. With the new packaging, customers will be able to easily identify which proactive health benefits—such as holistic health, hip and…
The OurPet's Company has made plans to purchase certain assets of Molor Products Company that complement the OurPet's product lines. The products include the full-size and mini Food 'N' Fountain deluxe cat and dog bowls, the Cat Buffet, the EZ Store Raised Dog single bowl, which is similar to the…
PetSafe has donated $5,000 to Big Brother Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBSETN) to help cover costs incurred in high quality one-to-one mentoring. BBBSETN has provided positive youth development for at-risk youth for 45 years. With offices in Knoxville, Tenn., and Kingsport, Tenn., Big Brothers Big Sisters aims to provide…

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Industry Calendar

March 4- 6, 2015: Global Pet Expo

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, Fla.

Phone: (800) 452-1225

Website: www.globalpetexpo.org

March 5- 7, 2015: NAPPS 2014 Annual Conference

Phone: (856) 439-0324

Website: petsitters.org

March 5- 8, 2015: Atlanta Pet Fair

Hilton Atlanta Airport

Atlanta, Ga.

Phone: (770) 908-9857

Website: www.atlantapetfair.com

March 6- 8, 2015: The Long Island Pet Expo

Suffolk Community College Expo Center

Brentwood, N.Y.

Phone: (631) 423-0620

Website: www.familypetshows.com

March 7-10, 2015: International Home & Housewares Show

McCormick Place

Chicago, Ill.

Phone: (847) 292-4200

Website: www.housewares.org

March 12-15, 2015: American Animal Hospital Association Conference

Tampa Convention Center

Tampa, Fla.

Phone: (303) 986-2800

Website: www.aahanet.org

March 14-15, 2015: North American Reptile Breeder's Conference and Trade Show

Tinley Park Holiday Inn Select & Convention Center

Tinley Park, Ill.

Phone: (708) 932-8044

Website: www.narbc.com

March 20-22, 2015: Chicagoland Family Pet Expo

Arlington International Racecourse

Arlington Heights, Ill.

Phone: (800) 946-4611

Website: www.petchicago.com

March 27-29, 2015: 15th Annual Super Pet Expo

Dulles Expo Center

Chantilly, Va.

Phone: (301) 564-4050

Website: www.superpetexpo.com

March 30-April 2, 2015: Animal Care Expo 2015

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

New Orleans, La.

Phone: (202) 452-1100

Website: www.animalsheltering.org

Reader Poll

What feature of Global Pet Expo are you most looking forward to?

New Products Showcase
Global Pet Expo Academy Seminars
Meeting/Networking with Suppliers
Visiting Specialized Show Floor Sections
Allan L. Levey Golf Tournament
Retailer Excellence Awards