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Manna Pro Products Acquires Espree

“Manna Pro’s acquisition of Espree is a natural expansion of our small/companion animal business that began just over a year ago when we acquired the Nutri-Vet line of health and wellness supplements,” said Manna Pro vice president of marketing, Beth Rogers.

Lucy Pet Products Releases Lucy Pet Formulas for Life

The recipes contain high quality proteins—like duck and wild-caught Alaskan salmon—a blend of quinoa, pumpkin and chickpeas for a balance of beneficial bacteria.

German Shepherd Wins Best in Westminster Dog Show, and Other Results

Rumor the German Shepherd won best in show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

J-Six Enterprises Acquires Perrigo Animal Health Facility

The facility features a variety of pet treat manufacturing capabilities, a tablet production line to produce pet supplements and vitamins, x-ray metal detection and nitrogen flush capability.

Pet Valu Runs Month-Long Kitty Litter Drive

Pet Valu is holding a month-long Kitty Litter Drive in February where customers can buy a bag of cat litter at participating Pet Valu stores and the store will donate it to local shelters caring for cats.

ADM Partners With U of Illinois for Companion Animal Research

ADM Animal Nutrition is teaming up with the University of Illinois Department of Animal Science to further develop and enhance ADM’s portfolio of pet food ingredients and premixes.

Retailer Excellence Awards Nomination Deadline Extended

Self-nominations are encouraged, as are nominations from manufacturers, distributors and other members of the industry.

Invisible Fence Brand Donates Pet Oxygen Masks to Fire Departments

Through its “Project Breathe Week” across Tennessee this week, Invisible Fence Brand will donate almost 200 pet oxygen masks to fire departments across the state.

TailsSpin Collects Supplies for Homeless Vets and Pets

TailsSpin Pet Food and Accessories and its parent company, Bentley’s Pet Stuff, collected much-needed supplies and food for homeless veterans and their pets in Savannah, Ga. and greater Chatham County with help from Animal Supply Company, the Border Pawtrol Disc Dog Team and VFW Post 660.

Vital Essentials Adds Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager

In response to the growth of the raw pet food category, Vital Essentials has increased its national sales force, now adding Charles Mehl as its Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager.

Shelter Population Study Released

Results of the study show progress in reducing the population of homeless pets, but could also signify an impending puppy shortage.

PLC Reports Availability of Shelter Dogs at an All-Time Low

The study was developed to determine how many dogs are entering shelters and what happens to them after they do. It found that shelters take in 5.5 million dogs and 2.6 million are adopted.

PIJAC Releases Statement on USDA Breeder Policy Change

PIJAC responded to a policy change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to remove inspection reports and other documents from their website including personal information such as “regulatory correspondence, research facility reports and enforcement records that have not received final adjudication.”

Hyper Pet Acquires Aussie Naturals, Outback Jack, Wild Eats

Julian Morton, founder and entrepreneur behind ABO Gear, will continue with the company, focusing on product development and sales.

WellPet Acquires WHIMZEES

WHIMZEES joins Wellness, Old Mother Hubbard, Eagle Pack, Holistic Select and Sojos in the list of companies acquired by WellPet.

Multipet's Jill Rappaport Shelter Shake Toy Sells Out Again on QVC

The Shelter Shake toy aired again on QVC in late January and again sold out with thousands of back orders.

Holistic Health Extension Original Line Gets Redesign

The new look complements the recent updates made to its Grain Free Line by featuring the same bright color schemes and pets in outdoor scenes.

Pet King Brands Hires Jeff Werner as National Sales Director

In this role, Werner will lead all sales for veterinary professional and pet specialty sectors for all ZYMOX Dermatology, ZYMOX Equine Defense and ORATENE Oral Care products.

Pet Product Innovations is Exclusive Distributor for GoPure and QCHEFS

Pet Product Innovations’ exclusive distribution agreement with GoPure will cover the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Dog Rocks Hires New Head of North American Sales

Bailey's previous role was U.K. sales manager at The Company of Animals.
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