Thursday, April 24, 2014

Minties dog dental treats now available at Walmart Canada

    Minties dental treats for dogs has expanded its retail distribution to include Walmart stores across Canada and
    Minties feature a triple-action formula that helps clean teeth, freshen breath and control plaque and tartar, according to VetIQ. The treats are also wheat-, soy-, corn- and gluten-free and are safe for dogs with allergies or specific dietary requirements. “We’re very excited to now offer Minties exclusively at Walmart Canada,” said Adelaide Sa, senior category manager for pets at Walmart Canada. “Our customers don’t have to compromise to keep their pets healthy. With Minties now available at Walmart, dog owners have access to nutritional and tasty treats for their dogs at prices they can afford.”
    Minties are available in four sizes for tiny, small, medium and large dogs, with prices starting at CA$1.98 for trial size and CA$6.98 for a 170-gram bag.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mars to buy P&G petfood brands for US$2.9 billion

    Mars Inc. is set to purchase Procter & Gamble's petfood brands, including Iams, Eukanuba and Natura, for US$2.9 billion, according to reports. P&G is leaving the pet care market to focus more on its core brands, and the transaction will solidify Mars as the world's biggest petfood company.
    Mars did not take on P&G's European business, but it has an option to buy operations in remaining markets in Asia and Africa, said P&G spokesman Paul Fox. The company plans to actively pursue the sale of its European pet care business, he said. 
    "The announced deal is not a surprise in view of P&G’s declining share," said Paula Flores, head of Euromonitor International's Pet Care division. "P&G is the fourth global player with a global value share 3.6%, down from 4.2% in 2008. Despite the good position in the premium segment of the North American dog and cat food market, where it accounts for 19% of value sales in 2012, this figure stood at 24% as recently as 2008. The company faced two voluntary recalls for its superpremium Natura, Iams and Eukanuba brand during 2013. Moreover P&G has a weak performance in most emerging markets."
     The deal is expected to be complete in the second half of the year.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SuperZoo announces new features for 2014

    SuperZoo 2014, being held on July 22-24 in Las Vegas, will feature keynote speaker Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU and star of ABC's Shark Tank, American rock band The Doobie Brothers; and a new retail model called the Idea Pet Store.
    John has received more than 35 awards, including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, the Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign and Ernst & Young's New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award. His marketing strategies and ability to build successful brands have made him a highly influential consultant and motivational speaker, and his insights will help pet store retailers discover how to improve their own operations.
    The Doobie Brothers will perform live at the House of Blues on July 23, in conjunction with SuperZoo. Tickets will be available through the SuperZoo registration portal at

Monday, April 21, 2014

Diamond Pet Food reaches class action settlement

    A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging Diamond Pet Foods manufactured and distributed certain petfood products that allegedly led to illness and death in some animals that consumed them. The lawsuit was first filed in 2012 by a customer who claimed the company's dog food caused one of her dogs to die and another to become ill.
    There are three subclasses of class members:
    • Subclass I includes consumers who purchased certain petfood products in 2011 and 2012. Diamond Pet Foods will create a settlement fund limited to a maximum of US$750,000 to pay claims from those who purchased the petfood. Members of this subclass who submit a valid claim form will receive either payment up to a maximum value of two bags of petfood per pet; or a pro rata share of the net proceeds of the settlement fund for this subclass not to exceed the actual or estimated purchase price of up to two bags of the petfood per pet.
    • Subclass II members who submit a valid claim form will receive a full reimbursement of the actual cost of veterinarian testing, care and/or treatment. The defendants will create a settlement fund limited to a total maximum of US$1.25 million to pay claims from this subclass.
    • Subclass III members who submit valid claim forms shall receive one or more coupons with a face value of US$2. A maximum of 50,000 coupons will be distributed.
    All class members must submit a valid form by July 11, 2014, and a final hearing will be held on September 15, 2014.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dr. Tim's Momentum Dog Food feeds four of five top Iditarod finishers

    Dr. Tim's Momentum Dog Food was the dry kibble of choice for four of the five top finishers in the 2014 Iditarod on March 11, including the winner. Dallas Seavey of Willow, Alaska won his second Iditarod, setting a new course record of eight days, 14 hours and nine minutes. 
    It's the third year in a row that the winning musher was feeding Dr. Tim's petfood. This race was especially difficult as trail conditions were extremely poor with little snow and much ice as the Alaskan winter was unseasonably warm this year. Many mushers had to drop out of the race due to equipment failures or personal injury after the first 1/4 of the trail. Further up the trail it worsened again as glare ice and strong winds made travel very difficult, according to reports.

Global Pet Expo 2014 reports record-breaking numbers

    The 2014 Global Pet Expo reported record-breaking numbers in exhibitors, buyer and media attendance and total booths sold, according to show organizers. Experiencing an increase in growth on all fronts, the tenth annual show featured 5,597 buyers in attendance, a 5% increase over 2013 numbers, more than 3,000 new pet product launches, 985 exhibitors and 2,896 booths sold-the highest post-show numbers to date. Total show attendance came to nearly 14,000 people, with 289,600 square footage of exhibit space.
    "Over the past several years hosting this Show in Orlando, our numbers have consistently grown at an impressive rate," said Andrew Darmohraj, APPA executive vice president and COO. "So it was fitting that our tenth annual Global Pet Expo once again demonstrated record-breaking numbers across the board. It was the perfect time to announce that Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center will be the official home to our Show through 2019." 
    Sixteen percent of exhibitors were international, making up 156 of the 985 exhibitors, and 27% of buyers were from outside of the US, coming from 76 countries. The show saw 3,000 new products and had more than 900 entries in its annual New Products Showcase. "The 3,000 new product launches at this year's show included products with a charitable angle, more advances in technology, like interactive treat dispensers and dog collars that keep you apprised of your pet's activities while you're away, as well as products that provide innovative solutions for every day life such as pet raincoats and feeders that promote a slower eating process," said Darmohraj.
    The 2015 Global Pet Expo will take place March 4-6, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hillside Farms to open new US factory

    Premium dog treat producer Hillside Farms will open a new US facility in southern California. The factory will feature state-of-the-art automation in processing, production and packaging operations, according to the company.
    "We're thrilled to be expanding our production capabilities here in the US and southern California," said Steve King, vice president of sales and marketing. "As a pet-passionate team, we're always looking for ways to better serve our customers and their four-legged family members. This new facility will allow us to expand the availability of our wholesome, lean meat treats throughout North America." 
    The new facilities will also mark the launch of a new line of jerky treats for the company, American Authentics. Made with lean, US-grown chicken, the treats are high in protein while being low in fat and low in calories, said Hillside Farms.