August 2015
A Match Made in Heaven

In our fame-obsessed world, it makes perfect sense that companies large, small and in-between seek out celebrities to help sell…
Perham, Minn.-based Tuffy’s Pet Foods has opened a new 130,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility. The facility will officially be commissioned on August 19 with a formal opening celebration.   The purpose-built facility is designed to provide the best environment for food safety, efficiency and flexibility. It includes production and warehouse space. Production…
Gold Paw Series has created a new print blanket to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and its work in conserving the African Wild Dog population. All proceeds from sales of the blankets will go toward protecting one of the world’s most endangered mammals, which faces threats from habitat loss,…
Oxbow Animal Health is accepting applications for its 2015 Rescue Grant Program through August 31. Awarded annually, the Oxbow Rescue Grants provide financial and product support to small animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations throughout the United States and Canada. The 2015 Oxbow Rescue Grants will award up to $20,000 to…
Private equity firm Swander Pace Capital is selling Merrick Pet Care, a natural and organic pet food company, to Nestle Purina PetCare. Other selling shareholders include founder Garth Merrick, Monitor Clipper Partners and Highland Consumer Partners.   Since Swander Pace acquired the company, Merrick has grown to include three leading…
Luca for Dogs has added new fabrics and colors to its top-selling Cuddler line of dog beds. The durable and lightweight beds will be available in honey, sapphire and mocha in a soft but durable micro-velvet fabric.   All of the Cuddler beds are filled with 100-percent recycled fiber and…
Central Garden and Pet brand Zilla donated $25,000 to the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) at the North American Reptile Breeders Conference held in Tinley Park, Ill., in March.    The donation was prompted by recent anti-reptile trade legislation passed earlier this year and was met with a…
Nulo Pet Food has announced that Heather Govea has joined the company, filling the role of president. Govea brings years of experience in the pet industry with her, coming from Natural Balance Pet Foods where she served in various roles including executive vice president and general manager.   An accomplished and…
Animal Supply Company has acquired the assets of Coast Pet Distributors, headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif. Coast will operate as part of the ASC West Region and immediately begin serving customers as Animal Supply Company.   “We are pleased to welcome Coast’s customers and product brands to the Animal Supply Company family,”…
Ethical Products has debuted an updated logo as part of the ongoing evolution of the company’s brand. The new logo features the brand name inside a red circle and includes the tagline “We Love Pets,” which emphasizes the company’s commitment to pets.    “The Spot brand has been a trusted brand…
Emerald Pet Products partnered with local pet supply store Pet Things in Douglasville, Ga., to donate 225 goodie bags for K-9 teams. The donation was arranged in honor of the 2015 North American Police Work Dog Association National Workshop, which was held in Douglasville in June.    Master trainers and…
Raw Bistro Pet Fare, maker of premium raw food, treats and bones for dogs, recently held two canine wellness seminars to raise awareness for a raw food diet for dogs.    The seminars were held in Cannon Falls, Minn., and at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and featured…
Pet Flys has been acquired by Mirage Pet Products. Established in 2003, Pet Flys has become an industry leader in airline carriers and has grown its product base to include a wide variety of totes, slings, collars, harnesses, pet furniture, toys and accessories stocked by pet businesses around the world.   …

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Industry Calendar

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


August 29-30, 2015: North American Reptile Breeder's Conference and Trade Show

Arlington Convention Center

Arlington, Texas

Phone: (708) 932-8044


September 12-13, 2015: North American Reptile Breeder's Conference and Trade Show

Anaheim Convention Center

Anaheim, Calif.

Phone: (708) 932-8044


September 17-20, 2015: Groom Expo

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

Hershey, Pa.

Phone: (717) 691-3388


September 19-20, 2015: The Long Island Pet Expo in the Park

Tanner Park

Copiague, N.Y.

Phone: (800) 677-4677


October 1- 2, 2015: Phillips Pet Food & Supplies Southern Buying Show

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Phone: (800) 451-2817


October 2- 4, 2015: New England Grooming Show

Sturbridge, Mass.

Phone: (717) 691-3388


October 10-11, 2015: North American Reptile Breeder's Conference and Trade Show

Tinley Park Holiday Inn Select & Convention Center

Tinley Park, Ill.

Phone: (708) 932-8044


November 4- 7, 2015: China International Pet Show

National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai)


Phone: +86-10-88102257


Reader Poll

This month’s online poll topic: Does a celebrity connection drive more sales for pet brands?

in some cases