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April, 2017

  • 24 April

    Pet stores win Arden Grange Competition

    Arden Grange

    Pet food company Arden Grange has announced the winners of its 20th anniversary retailer competition. The winning pet stores were: A Coombs in Hove Aarons Pet Shop in Portishead Creature Comforts in Rugeley M&L Pets World in Wrexham All of the winners created imaginative window displays featuring Arden Grange products. …

  • 21 April

    UK retail sales drop as inflation rises

    UK retail sales dropped by 1.8% in March marking the largest year on year decline since 2010 and exceeding economists’ predictions of a 0.5% decline. Coinciding with the rise of inflation, the volume of goods sold in store and online fell 1.4% in the first quarter of the year. The …

  • 21 April

    Warning as ‘metal wire’ found in supermarket dog treats

    A pet owner is warning others after finding “metal wire” in a pack of supermarket dog treats. Amy Taylor, took to facebook to share her concerns about Gravy Bones biscuits sold in Morrisons supermarket. She claims that almost every single biscuit was affected and contained small pieces of wire. Commenting …

  • 21 April

    Symply Pet Food celebrates winning Queen’s Award for Enterprise

    Founder Eddie Milbourne

    Symply Pet Food, provider of pet food brands including Canagan, Symply, Piccolo and the Cheshire Cat’s Garden, has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017. The award recognises Symply Pet Food’s outstanding international growth, commercial success and its contribution to the UK’s economy through its pet care products. The honour is …

  • 21 April

    Royal Award for TastyBone


    TastyBone has been recognised for its worldwide expansion and export growth. The company has received the 2017 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. Part of the Lancashire based pet food manufacturer, Pets Choice, TastyBone manufactures of nylon, edible, rubber chew and play toys for dogs. Focused on export …

  • 21 April

    Raw dog food brand teams up with supermarket

    Frozen raw dog food from Natures Menu is now being stocked by WaitrosePet.com. The eight new products come in a variety of flavours including chicken, duck, venison, lamb, salmon, pheasant, turkey, white fish and mackerel. Andrea Watson, buyer at Waitrose, comments: “Nutrition is of paramount importance to our customers with pets, …

  • 21 April

    Fish4Dogs scoops up Queen’s Award for Enterprise


    Worcestershire-based Fish4Dogs has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise International Trade 2017. The business, headquartered in Rushock, Worcestershire and with three manufacturing centres worldwide including operations in Norway, has won the Queen’s Award for its export success and penetration of new international markets. Overseas sales have grown 267 percent over …

  • 21 April

    Bira asks political parties to support independent retailers


    With the UK’s General Election set for June 8, the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has asked all parties to pledge their support for the independent retailer. In a statement released by the organisation, bira said: “It was a comfort to the sector when the Department for Communities and Local Government …

  • 19 April

    Pet shop owner fined for illegal puppy sales

    A pet shop owner has been fined for forging a underage puppy’s passport and then selling the pet online. Artur Zuchowicz, from Wales, was convicted of two offences after placing a misleading advert on gumtree.com and selling the French Bulldog too young, reports the Plymouth Herald. Plymouth Magistrates’ Court said that …

  • 19 April

    Skinner’s Pet Food will sponsor Gundog Row


    Skinner’s Pet Food’s long association with gundogs and Game Fairs is set to continue in 2017. The company has just announced its renewed sponsorship of the Gundog Row at next year’s Game Fair. The 2017 Game Fair will take place from the 28th – 30th July 2017 at Hatfield House …