The PetQuip Awards has announced the 39 finalists for this year's ceremony, which is in its sixth year and will take place in autumn at the PATS Telford trade show.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPetQuip\u2019s trade association manager, Pat Flynn said; \u201cIt has been a mammoth task working with our team of experts to filter through the entries and each and every finalist can be proud of their achievements. \u00a0This is particularly true for those companies that have made it into the final line-up in categories where there were a large number of entries.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cOur final judging panel, made up of independent retailers, a retail chain buyer and a marketing analyst, will have a hard time deciding the ultimate winners."\r\n\r\nThe director general of PetQuip, Amanda Sizer Barrett added: \u201cNews of the winners is always eagerly anticipated, and the publicity generated\u00a0for those runners- up, finalists and winners should never\u00a0be underestimated.\r\n\r\n\u201cPetQuip\u00a0receives worldwide recognition and to gain one of its awards demonstrates that the winning firm is a high achiever in the pet industry. Using the awards as a form of promotion can add significant credibility to both a company and its products in both home and overseas markets. We are looking forward to finding out who will be the lucky winners this year.\u201d\r\n\r\nFinal judging will take place in August with the winners being announced on Sunday 23 September at the PetQuip Awards dinner, which takes place on the first evening of the PATS pet trade exhibition in Telford.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe 2018 finalists are:\r\n\r\nBusiness of the Year\r\n\r\n \tBroadreach Nature +\r\n \tDanish Design\r\n \tGroup 55\r\n \tLoving Pets\r\n \tNaturediet\r\n \tNatures Menu\r\n \tPedigree Wholesale\r\n \tWild Wash\r\n\r\nExporter of the Year\r\n\r\n \tBurgess Pet Care\r\n \tChicken Guard\r\n \tGroup 55\r\n \tLoving Pets\r\n\r\nMarketing Project of the Year\r\n\r\n \tCompany of Animals\r\n \tHayPigs\r\n \tHownd\r\n \tInspired Pet Nutrition\/Harringtons\r\n \tJust for Pets\r\n \tNatures Menu\/True Instinct\r\n \tWild Wash\r\n\r\n\u00a0Pet Product of the Year\r\n\r\nThree categories:-\r\n\r\n1)\u00a0Food and Treats:\r\n\r\n \tHownd \u2013 Hemp Wellness Treats\r\n \tKennelpak \u2013 Yakers Dog Chews\r\n \tLoving Pets \u2013 Ora Bone\r\n \tMeatlove \u2013 Training Sausage\r\n \tNaturediet \u2013 Moist Meaty Treats\r\n \tNutriment \u2013 Dinner for Cats\r\n \tPoppy\u2019s Picnic \u2013 Enhanced Pet Food\r\n \tPoppy\u2019s Picnic \u2013 Complete Meatballs\r\n \tPoppy\u2019s Picnic \u2013 Follow-on Paste\u00a0\r\n \tSlurps \u2013 Nutritious Dog Drinks\r\n\r\n2)\u00a0Accessories:\r\n\r\n \tCollarways \u2013 Mookiemax grooming and massage tool\r\n \tCollarways \u2013 WestPaw chew\r\n \tCompany of Animals \u2013 new launch\r\n \tDanish Design \u2013 Dog Duvet\r\n \tK9 Organics \u2013 Shampoos\/Paw Balm\r\n \tPet Trade Innovations \u2013 Doc & Phoebe No Bowl System\r\n\r\n3)\u00a0Health and Technical:\r\n\r\n \tCatipilla \u2013 Climbing Frame\r\n \tChicken Guard \u2013 Automatic Chicken Coop Door\r\n \tCollarways \u2013 Anti-parasite Collar\r\n \tDoggy\u2019s Cuppa \u2013 Daily Dog Brew\r\n \tPetWeighter \u2013 Dog Feeding System\r\n \tSure Petcare \u2013 Microchip Pet Door Connect\r\n \tSure Petcare \u2013 Cat Flap Connect\r\n \tWaggleAntics \u2013 Tick Defence\u00a0\r\n\r\nInternational Pet Retailer\/Distributor\/ Wholesaler of the Year\r\n\r\n \tSaint Vincent Group, Dubai\r\n \tSamohyl, Czech Republic\r\n \tWanimo.com, online retailer, France\r\n \tWhesco, Denmark\r\n\r\nUK Pet Retailer of the Year\r\n\r\n \tColchester Pet Stores, Colchester, Essex\r\n \tHart Pet Supplies, Benfleet, Essex\r\n \tMutt & Co Pet Boutique, Hartlepool, Teesside\r\n \tPack and Clowder, Hackney, London\r\n \tThe Wet Nose Dog, online retailer\r\n \tWaggleAntics, online retailer\r\n\r\nLifetime Achievement\u00a0\r\n\r\nTo be revealed on 23rd September at the PetQuip Awards dinner.