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…
The Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) and American Pet Products Association (APPA) will join forces to host the first-annual Pet Industry Management Conference and Supplier Trade Show next year. The show will be held Jan. 18-21, 2016 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, in Tucson, Ariz.    PIDA’s president Steve…
Elive has introduced merchandising displays for its LED Track Lights, LED Track Light Advanced and accessories. The sturdy steel racks are freestanding and can be displayed in-line or on their own. They come complete with a complement of product that will enhance an aquatic lighting section and have an instant…
Sleepypod has introduced its Crash Replacement Program to extend pet safety after an auto accident. Through the program, the company will replace or offer a replacement discount for pet carriers or safety harnesses damaged in an auto accident, regardless of the brand. “Sleepypod wants to ensure pet safety after an…
Seachem Laboratories has unveiled its line of aquavitro brand aquarium tools. The tools are made from premium stainless steel and are ideal for use in both freshwater and marine aquariums. Twelve tools are available in the line, which consist of different types of forceps and shears, a soil spade and…
Ethical Products has redesigned its website, The site is more interactive and easier to navigate. It features an overall updated look for the company. Added features include links to product demonstration videos, social media pages, and news and events. “The website redesign offers a fresh new look with updated…
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…

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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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