Interzoo 2014 brings success to exhibitors, attendees

From May 29 to June 1, 2014, 37,367 trade visitors from 128 countries gathered at Interzoo to source information on the latest petfood products, grooming aids and accessories for four-legged pets, birds, ornamental fish and terraria animals.
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“Almost all visitors (97%) described their participation as a success,” said Herbert Bollhöfer, managing director of the Interzoo promoter Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH (WZF). “Nine out of ten exhibitors (92%) rated their participation extremely positively and praised the number and quality of the visitors.”
The international share of the exhibition increased from 2012: 82% of the exhibitors came from abroad. Altogether 1,698 companies (+10%) from 63 countries presented their products and services on a gross display area of 110,000 square meters. Besides Germany, the leading exhibiting nations were the People’s Republic of China, Italy, the US, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Poland and Spain. 
The visitors are also becoming increasingly international, according to show organizers: Whereas 65% of the trade visitors came from abroad in 2012, the 2014 figure rose to 69%. The countries with the largest shares of visitors were Germany with 11,643, Italy with 2,107, France with 1,316, Great Britain/Northern Ireland with 1,167, Spain with 1,163, Poland with 1,141, the Netherlands with 1,138 and the Russian Federation with 1,026 visitors. In total, 30,307 visitors came from Europe.
 Most of the specialists from outside Europe travelled from Asia (4,388), namely 3,336 from East Asia and 1,052 from the Middle East and Central Asia. In particular, the number of visitors from North America increased in 2014, namely to 1,006 admissions. 1,875 market players came from the whole of America. Africa was represented by 440 visitors at Interzoo, Australia and Oceania by 357.
According to the show’s visitor survey, almost all exhibition visitors (97%) were satisfied with the product spectrum at Interzoo 2014. Eighty-two percent of the experts said the exhibition had inspired them to use new products. The information and contact opportunities at the exhibition also lived up to the expectations of more than 97% of the visitors.
Fifty-five percent of the visitors came to Interzoo with the aim of updating on new products, some 42% planned to cultivate business contacts and 37% were looking for new business contacts. Around 36% wanted to get a general overview of the market and 31% were interested in exchanging views and information, according to the survey.
The next Interzoo will take place in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, May 26–29, 2016.

Pet supply retailer Petsense to open 100th location

New Tennessee store to aid company expansion plan

National pet supply retailer Petsense has completed construction and is preparing to open its 100th location, a 5000-square-foot retail space in Athens, Tennessee. The new location will cap a nearly decade-long streak of expansion and help set the stage for even faster growth over the next five years, according to the company.
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“It’s been a tremendous nine years for Petsense; from our beginnings in our Scottsdale office when we had a notebook of ideas but zero stores, to our current footprint across America, we’ve been very fortunate to connect with millions of pet owners who have helped propel us forward,” said President and CEO Bob Angstead. “I am proud to say that in what can generously be described as a tough macroeconomic environment, Petsense has consistently been a market leader in store count growth, overall sales growth and comparable store sales growth.”

Abinpet organizes international business roundtable during FIFA World Cup

Organizers hope to strengthen image of Brazil as high-quality pet products exporter

Three international guests from the Brazilian Association of the Industry of Products for Pets (Abinpet) took part in a business program in Brazil in the Copa do Mundo (World Cup) Project, conducted by the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brazil).The program was held June 9–13, 2014, with four acting pillars: Industry presentation, visits to retail stores and factories, and business roundtables.
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In the first meeting motivated by the World Cup, Abinpet received a Costa Rican company interested in veterinary and pet care products; Miguel Mendes de Leon, editor of Pets International Magazine (Netherlands); and Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry Magazine (US). “We work for guests to arrive in Brazil with a consistent schedule, focused on knowing the domestic pet product,” said José Edson Galvão de França, CEO of Abinpet. “With this, we hope to generate business and strengthen the image of Brazil as an exporter of high quality products for pets.”
This was the third international action of Pet Brasil Project in 2014. In March, the organization promoted a technical-commercial mission that took 12 Brazilian businessmen from the pet industry to the US. During the visit, the professionals could monitor the Global Pet Expo, one of the largest trade shows in the country, and were in contact with major retailers of the American pet industry. In May, Abinpet organized a pavilion of Brazilian companies at Interzoo, a trade show held in Germany.

Pet Center Inc. recalls Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats

Three-ounce bags of treats may be contaminted with Salmonella bacteria.

Pet Center Inc. of California, USA, has issued a recall for Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats due to possible Salmonella contamination.
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The recalled products are sold in 3-ounce bags of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats (LAM-003) with UPC number 727348200038 and date code 122015. The products were made in the USA and distributed to California, Wisconsin, Colorado and Washington states to Gelson’s Market, General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply and Independent Pet.
The bacteria was found by the State of Colorado Department of Agriculture in a random sample. If you purchased this product, do not give it to your pet. Return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

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Iams hosts two-mile dog run during Flying Pig Marathon

Meredith Leslie, of P&G, runs with Pawl Griffin, Iams VP of Canine Communications, during the Iams Flying Fur dog run in downtown Cincinnati, May 3, 2014. More than 500 dogs and owners ran in the two-mile race as part of races taking place during the Flying Pig Marathon weekend events. Iams Bowls of Love will be donating a bag of petfood for each dog running in the event to the SPCA in Cincinnati. (Tom Uhlman/AP Images for Iams)
Iams partnered with the Flying Pig Marathon to create the first-ever Iams Flying Fur, a two-mile dog run, that took place on May 3, 2014 as part of the three-day Flying Pig Marathon weekend of activities.In addition, Iams Bowls of Love, a national program geared towards helping pets in need, committed to donating one large bag of petfood for every dog participating in the run. With a total of 525 dogs at the event, Iams is donating a total of 7.5 tons of petfood to the local SPCA Cincinnati.Partnering with Flying Pig Marathon to create a new competition was not only fun for dog owners and their pets, but also a great way to bring awareness and give back to shelters in the Cincinnati area, said Iams. Iams Bowls of Love is deeply committed to helping pets in need and partnering with hard-working organizations across the country.

Robert Abady Dog Food recalls cat food on Salmonella concerns

2 lb., 5 lb. and 15 lb. boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” recalled

The Robert Abady Dog Food Co. LLC, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is recalling its 2 lb., 5 lb. and 15 lb. boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled “Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.
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The product comes in 2 lb., 5 lb. and 15 lb. corrugated boxes with plastic liners marked with lot #14029/21 stamped on the right side top of the box. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in some of the product. Production of the product has been suspended while the US Food and Drug Administration and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1.845.473.1900, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., ET.

America’s VetDogs working to change US military veterans’ lives

CEO Wells Jones explained how service dogs are trained, matched with veterans at Petfood Forum 2014

Service dogs like Benjamin from America’s VetDogs change the lives of US military veterans.

Proper nutrition and feeding a quality petfood are especially important for dogs that act as service and guide dogs, said Wells Jones, CEO of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs, which train dogs to serve US military veterans and blind people. Speaking as the closing keynote for Petfood Forum 2014 on April 2, Jones discussed how his organization selects, breeds, trains and feeds its dogs that are matched with veterans like Joseph Worley, who served in Iraq as a Navy corpsman and also spoke.
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America’s VetDogs, founded in 2003, trains dogs to assist veterans of all eras and active military personnel with tasks such as standing up, walking, opening and closing doors, retrieving objects, barking for alert and much more. Jones said America’s VetDogs also now partners with petfood company Bil-Jac to offer a line of dog treats whose sales support veterans. The organization is a part of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, which was originally established in 1946 to assist veterans who lost their vision in World War II.
The foundation has its own breeding program for the service puppies in both programs, with some of the dogs being descendants from dogs first bred in the 1960s. Jones explained that the foundation relies on volunteers and prisons to raise the puppies and teach them basic obedience at 7-8 weeks of age for about a year, at which time the dogs return to the foundation’s program for formal service dog training. In order to enter the service dog program, dogs must pass a multi-level skills test, including retrieving of metal, wood, plastic and cloth, and a public access test. Dogs are primarily Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, as well as Standard Poodles, German Shepherds, and a Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever mix, he said.  
After a dog has completed its service dog training, it is carefully matched with a student. Jones referred to these service dogs as a “designer dog,” meaning that the foundation works to understand exactly what a person needs in the dog, and then a service dog is selected to meet their precise needs, taking into account capability, lifestyle and pace. 
Once a student is matched with the right service dog, the student usually comes to the foundation’s campus in New York, USA, to complete a training program that takes 12 days. Jones explained that the foundation’s campus includes a student residence hall with 17 private rooms where students stay during their training, a training center equipped with kennels and training space, and a veterinary center.  
Service dogs change lives
Following Wells, US veteran Joseph Worley spoke with his service dog, Benjamin, about the dramatic impact on one’s life that these service dogs make. 
Worley joined the Navy in 2002, and he lost his left leg in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. Worley explained that he was working as a medic and was running toward a vehicle that had been hit by an IED, when he was also hit by an IED. 
Two years after putting in an application for a service dog from America’s VetDogs, Worley received Benjamin in October 2008. Worley said that after he returned from Iraq, his family gathered around to support him. “Despite that support system, when Benjamin entered my life, he became an integral and vital part of that,” Worley said. 
Worley explained that Benjamin not only helps him physically by helping him brace to stand up, stabilize him when walking, retrieve objects and more, but he also added, “Benjamin gives me confidence.” 
“These animals can save people’s lives and change people’s lives,” said Worley. 

Special sections at Global Pet Expo 2014 sell out

The four special sections included at the 2014 Global Pet Expo (Natural Pet, The Boutique, Everything Aquatic and What’s New!) have officially sold out, according to Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and COO of the American Pet Products Association. The show, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will take place March 12-14, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

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“We’re thrilled to see the specialty areas sell out yet again, as they’ve become such an exciting and important part of the Show floor,” said Darmohraj. “Having sold out in all of our special sections truly proves how much the pet industry continues to grow, and what a vast amount of new products continue to hit the market year after year.”

The Natural Pet section highlights the latest in healthy, organic and environmentally friendly products. This section provides media and retailers with an opportunity to learn about green-conscious trends in the pet industry. It’s the largest of all the specialty areas with nearly 200 booths.

The Boutique section covers the trendiest pet products on the market. Fashion, jewelry and pet-spa products for the most fashion-forward pets and owners are displayed. The latest in pampered pet trends like couture clothing and luxury pet beds and carriers will be revealed at The Boutique during the show.

The Everything Aquatic section provides underwater species enthusiasts with all of the up-and-coming trends and aquatic suppliers in one place to showcase the newest water pet trends in 2014.

Reserved for first-time exhibitors only, the What’s New! section is a great place for buyers and media to visit with 150 new companies in one convenient area on the massive show floor.

Petfood Forum 2014 to offer a2z-powered Attendee Acquisition Widget

Plug-and-play website component will allow exhibitors to showcase PFF from their own websites

The 2014 Petfood Forum (PFF) will leverage Maryland-based event management software company a2z Inc.’s ChirpE Attendee Acquisition Widget solution to enhance the event.

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The widget is a plug-and-play website component that will enable exhibitors to showcase their event participation at PFF from their own websites. Visitors to the exhibitors’ websites can access with a single click the exhibitor’s booth profile, PFF’s event website and the registration page. 

In addition, the widget will offer exhibitors a straightforward solution to building a pre-show lead list. It comes bundled with a dashboard that helps exhibitors monitor and evaluate their ROI from the widget.

For more details and to register for Petfood Forum 2014 please visit http://www.petfoodindustry.com/PetfoodForum/.