Cloud Star Partners with Best Friends Animal Society

Cloud Star Corporation, the makers of Buddy Biscuits, is teaming up with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to be the official training treat partner for the dog and cats at the nation’s largest no-kill refuge for homeless pets.

Over the animals will be enjoying Cloud Star’s tasty, healthy and 100 percent made in the USA treats.

“We are very excited to partner with such an amazing organization that aligns with our own philanthropic goals here at Cloud Star,” Jennifer Melton, Cloud Star co-founder, said. “Most people don’t realize that many of the dogs and cats that end up in a shelter, or sanctuary like Best Friends, need help with their manners, social behavior, and temperament before they are adopted. Much of this work is done through positive training with treats, and that is where Cloud Star comes in. A dog trainer working with multiple dogs will go through hundreds of treats in a single day. In addition to dogs, cats also need positive training to keep them mentally stimulated and socialized with people. All of this training before adoption is important because it increases the success rate of a positive adoption, preparing the dog or cat for their forever home.”

Cloud Star has been committed to giving since its inception, by donating to hundreds of non-profit organizations benefiting animals, women, children and the environment. The company began in 1998 when co-founders Jennifer Melton and Brennan Johnson baked homemade low-allergen dog treats as part of their contribution to a local animal shelter bake-sale event.

Since then, their dedication to helping others has grown each year.

In addition to supplying training treats, Cloud Star will also support various Best Friends Adoption Events and Strut Your Mutt fundraising walks throughout 2014.

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EuroCan Pet Products Celebrates 25th Anniversary

What started in a garage in suburban Toronto in 1989 has now grown into North America’s GFSI-certified manufacturer of all-natural beef, chicken, pork, turkey and vegetable-based pet treats.

EuroCanPet Products, maker of the Barnsdale Farms, Bullwrinkles and HoundsTooth Naturals brands is celebrating 25 years in business this year with many new products, innovative new packaging styles and a week-long open house in June.

“Dogs love our pure and natural treats because they taste great, and pet parents love them because they are made without additives, preservatives or anything artificial,” Mauro Trinchini, the company’s founder and president, said. “We have been oven-roasting and wood-smoking our products the same way for 25 years. At the same time, pet food and treat safety has become more and more important so we have continuously improved our plant, policies and procedures to reach the GFSI benchmark under SQF-Level 2.”

As part of the anniversary celebration, the company will host a Factory Open House the week of June 16 – 20. Customers, sales reps, vendors and members of the media will get to tour the plant and be the first to see many new products and packaging designs.

Seften Joins The Company of Animals

David Seften has been hired as marketing manager/general manager of The Company of Animals U.S. office, headquartered in Bridgeport, Conn.

In this position, he will be responsible for managing all aspects of U.S. marketing and operations.

Seften most recently ran an interactive web development company specializing in B2B commerce. He has held positions of increasing responsibility with a number of information technology and telecommunications organizations. In his off hours, he is an avid hiker, exploring the Berkshire Mountains with his wife and dog.

“David has a wealth of sales, marketing and management experience in addition to expertise running his own web design business for several years,” Steve Driver, managing director of The Company of Animals parent firm located in the United Kingdom, said. “We are glad to have a executive who brings such a high degree of professionalism and enthusiasm to the job.”

Three Dog Bakery Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Three Dog Bakery, Inc., in its 25th year of business and a nationally recognized leader in the premium natural dog treat and food industry, has been acquired by a private equity group led by Aziz Giga, former vice president of strategic planning at PPG Industries.

The new company will be known as Three Dog Bakery, LLC.

“We are proud to own the Three Dog Bakery brand that pioneered bakeries for dogs,” Giga, the chairman of Three Dog Bakery, LLC, said.  “The team has done a great job expanding the brand, products and distribution across North America. We look forward to helping move the company to the next level.”

The company was founded in 1989. From its beginning as a single bakery in Kansas City, the company has grown to 36 boutique bakeries for dogs, located within the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. Additionally, the company provides Three Dog Bakery brand and private label packaged products to national and independent pet retailers, grocery, drug, mass and club merchandisers and through direct-to-consumer internet sales.

“We are excited about this new partnership and fully expect this transaction to greatly accelerate our growth strategy,” said Brian Wietharn, president and CEO of Three Dog Bakery, Inc. said.


Spring Naturals Receives Low Glycemic Certification

Spring Naturals Whole Grain and Grain Free Dry Dinners are now certified low glycemic and diabetic friendly by the Glycemic Research Institute.

The super-premium brand is the only made in the USA dog kibble to receive this accreditation, due to the company’s philosophy of using only real meat, poultry or fish as the first protein source rather than rendered meals, according to the company.

Foods formulated with low glycemic ingredients are digested slower than high glycemic foods, allowing the body to absorb all the nutrients. When food is digested slower and the nutrients are properly absorbed, pets will remain fuller longer which helps maintain weight control, whereas dog foods with a high glycemic index elevate blood glucose levels, which can increase the risk of epilepsy, hypothyroidism, allergies, yeast infections, cancer and diabetes, the company said.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about achieving this certification,” said Rob Cadenhead, vice president of sales and marketing at Spring Naturals. “Now consumers know just how healthy our dinners are and that we are dedicated to providing the best nutrition for their beloved pets.”

Spring Naturals is a fresh, family of nutritionally balanced dinners and treats for pets. Each carefully formulated recipe is based on the company’s whole food philosophy which emphasizes a healthy combination of real meat, whole fruits and whole vegetables, without rendered meals and starchy, high-glycemic ingredients. Made by a family-owned company in the USA, Spring Naturals offers Whole Grain and Grain Free dinner and treat options for dogs, and a Grain Free cat line is also available.


North American Veterinary Community Conference

Nearly 16,000 people from around the world attended the North American Veterinary Community Conference in Orlando, Fla., in January, including veterinarians, vet technicians, practice managers and more. Spread over two hotels and conferences centers, they gathered to learn about the latest products, procedures and techniques available to keep animals of all sizes healthy.

Olivia Miller, Nicole Backus, Michelle Mullins and Corey Fuller, of PetSafe.


Jerry Hoffman, Susan Stitzel and Terri Johnson, of American Animal Hospital Association.

Tabitha Cromer, Troy Simmons and Karen Faulkner, of Vetericyn.

Karen Wright, Liz Koutsos and Carrie Kuball, of Mazuri.

Tim Brightwell and William Chilian, of Barkworthies.

Andy Winkle and Lewis Sutton, of PetAg.

Jared Glatter, Ken Bowman, Joe Markham, Sharon Karr and Kristi Pray, of KONG Veterinary Products.

Dave Getz and Niki Leranian, of Neater Feeder.

Photos from Phillips National Sales Meeting

Phillips Feed & Pet Supply held their National Sales Meeting in January at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Account executives were able to learn more about, and meet one-on-one, with many of the distributor’s companies to hear about new products and offerings to better help retailers.

Matt McCorstin and Greg Mandel, of Blue Buffalo.

Marisa Baker, Jessica Lewinter, Ian Weiss, Lyndi Toxavidis and Erin Hannon, of Dogswell.

Scott Kohler and Loretta Noonan, of Red Sea.

Donacan Meyer and Scott Gorisack, of Precise.

flexi USA Becomes PAW

flexi USA Inc. is transitioning to the name PAW,  Pet Adventures Worldwide Inc., and introducing two new brands,  Alcott and Uncle Ulrick’s.

Alcott gear premiered at the Global Pet Expo offers a complete line of adventure dog products, ranging from travel beds and life jackets, to reflective collars and leashes. With five product categories, including Essentials, Explorer, Traveler, Mariner and Storybook, Alcott helps create opportunities for dogs and their people to bond together with products that make their adventures more convenient, more fun, safer and affordable.

Uncle Ulrick’s offers American made and sourced chicken and beef jerky, as well as sweet potato treats. Their entire line up of new products are all natural with no fillers, by-products, grains, soy, artificial colors or flavors.

flexi USA, the U.S. resource for Flexi retractable leashes, was purchased in 2005 by Ulrich Wuebker, current flexi USA president. Wuebker has worked with flexi retractable leashes for nearly 30 years, at both the manufacturing plant in Germany and flexi USA.

Recently, the flexi manufacturer in Germany decided to terminate its business relationship with flexi USA. It will now sell products directly, forcing the current flexi USA team to transition into different pet business opportunities under the new name PAW – Pet Adventures Worldwide Inc.

According to Wuebker and the PAW – Pet Adventures Worldwide Inc. team, this change will pave the way to success in several pet product categories

“Change is something positive,” Wuebker said. “I’m proud of all of our employees who have worked hard over the past several months to redefine our company. We are heading in the right direction.”

Wuebker said the change in structure isn’t slowing his team down.

“We had overwhelming success launching Uncle Ulrick’s and introducing many new Alcott adventure products at Global Pet Expo,” Wuebker said. “We were humbled by the extraordinary support of our reps, customers and friends in the pet industry.”



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