Wellnostics Unveils Device to Make Caring for Diabetic Pets Easier

With its patented Butterfly Touch Technology, the Genteel Lancing Device draws blood from anywhere on the body without pain, according to its creator, Wellnostics. Using vacuum, vibration and depth control, the perfect drop of blood can be drawn from any site. The device claims to be pain free because it only reaches blood capillaries and avoids hitting the pain nerves all together.

Pet owners can find it difficult to monitor their pet’s blood sugar levels from home. This means that most pet owners have all diabetes monitoring done at the vet, which can run up the already expensive costs of owning a diabetic pet. Genteel can make testing at home easier because the patented vacuum helps by drawing the blood to the surface. It can also prevent wasted test-strips because it can get the perfect amount of blood the first time. Testing at home can help the pet owner and the vet determine the best way to regulate the pet’s diabetes without having to make multiple trips to the vet.

Knowing if a pet is experiencing a ‘high’ or ‘low’ without an emergency trip to the vet can not only save money, but can also mean it is more comfortable managing their diabetes at home. By testing more frequently pet owners have a better snapshot of what is causing changes in blood sugar and can help the vet and the owner come up with the best treatment plan for the pet.

“We are delighted to be providing this revolutionary technology to people and pets with diabetes as we know this is just another technological advancement that is helping to provide life without limits for diabetics,” Wellnostics CEO Hugh Sheridan said. “We are constantly searching for solutions that we believe make people and Pets ‘Healthsmart’ and this device is absolute testament to this belief because it will lead to more Diabetics having better lives.”

PetSafe Parent Brand, Radio Systems PetSafe Europe Ltd, Named a Best Place to Work

PetSafe Brand parent company, Radio Systems PetSafe Europe Ltd (RSPEL), has been crowned Best Workplace in Ireland 2018 by Great Place to Work Ireland, beating the 2nd place ranking it achieved in last year’s awards. The accolade comes on the back of the business being recognized by Great Place to Work as 9th Best Workplace in Europe last year.

In the employee survey assessment, RSPEL achieved top marks, with 100 percent of staff declaring the company a Great Place to Work, a 3 percent increase on last year’s score. The company also achieved highly in its overall score—which measures culture, trust and employee experience—achieving 98 percent, far exceeding 70 percent, the minimum to achieve certification.

Specializing in innovative companion pet and sport and hunting products, RSPEL offers comprehensive pet training, health and wellness, waste management and play product solutions through its PetSafe Brand and training and tracking products for professional trainers and hunters via its global SportDOG Brand.

Business has flourished for RSPEL since it first opened in Dundalk in 2012, growing by 25 percent over the last three years, and headcount has risen steadily by 50 percent. Since last year’s Great Place to Work recognition, RSPEL has built on its projects to foster great working practices and inspire and motivate its team. The company has introduced new programs such as ‘Creative Thinking’ and ‘Office Improvement’ and established a bi-annual ‘Fantastic Five’ award initiative. Categories include ‘Einstein Idea’ which recognizes great creativity and ‘Iron Man/Woman’ which offers those with 12 months’ full attendance an extra three days of annual leave.

In the last year, RSPEL has also introduced policies to help encourage better work/life balance, offering employees both flexi-time and working from home. On top of more traditional perks, as a pet-centric business RSPEL, also offers perks to ensure employees have great relationships with their pet. These include being allowed to bring dogs into the office, eight hours’ ‘paw-rental’ leave to help new pets settle and three days’ paid pet bereavement leave. RSPEL also helps to cover the cost of pet care, including microchipping, insurance and health check-ups.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been given the accolade of Ireland’s best workplace by such a prestigious organization, it’s a great achievement for our business,” said David Verdon, general manager at RSPEL. “Over the last year we’ve been focused on gaining a better understanding of our customers’ needs, improving teamwork and enhancing employee wellness and it’s fantastic to have this work noticed. Every team member has helped in this achievement, so I take my hat off to each and every one of them. We are now focused on continuing to improve the business and to positively impact on the lives of our customers and their pets.”


This year marks the 16th year of Great Place to Work Ireland recognizing great workplaces with the publication of its Best Workplaces in Ireland lists, and the number of workplaces who are realizing the benefits of empowering their employees to flourish in a supportive high-trust culture continues to increase.

“It’s been a mixed year for Irish workplaces who have seen good trading growth is tempered by ongoing uncertainty over the impact Brexit will have. Infrastructure challenges are making planning for expansion difficult, and we’re on the threshold of full employment in our cities which creates a real headache for organizations who are trying to attract and retain top talent,” said John Ryan, CEO of Great Place to Work Ireland. “The organizations on this year’s list know that beyond a certain point, employees aren’t going to be tempted by a slightly more generous financial package: they want an environment where they feel psychologically safe, encouraged to grow, provided with opportunities to develop, and empowered to do their best work. Rather than simply throwing money at their staff, Irish workplaces should take advantage of reward and recognition opportunities as a chance to develop their employer brand; enhancing and amplifying their unique culture.”

The Best Workplace accolade was presented to the RSPEL team at the Great Place to Work Best Workplaces in Ireland awards in Dublin on February 21.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition Adds, Promotes Team Members

Lallemand Animal Nutrition announced the addition of Nicole Walrod as a territory business manager for North America. In addition, Wendy Hushon (pictured here) joins the global silage team as strategic marketing manager, forage additives.

Walrod will support customers in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, eastern Oklahoma and eastern Texas. Using more than a decade of experience in animal health, she will assist producers and industry partners using Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s leading brands such as ProTernative and Levucell SC probiotics, among others.

She joins the company as the current manager for the area, Keith Brown, is retiring. Brown and Walrod will work together through the spring to ensure a seamless transition. Most recently, Walrod worked at Midwest Veterinary Supply as a territory manager. She resides in Marshall, Texas.

Hushon moves to the global silage team after working as the marketing communications manager for Lallemand Animal Nutrition North America since 2013. In her new role, she will help develop and implement global marketing strategy for the company’s leading silage inoculant portfolio, which includes brands such as Biotal, Lalsil and Sil-All.

“We are proud to have Nicole and Wendy supporting our customers,” said Jeff Ast, commercial director, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, North America. “Their experience will continue to deliver the high level of customer support everyone at the company offers to our customers. What makes these individuals unique is their passion for the industry. I am confident our customers will see the results that come from combining excellent products with top-notch people.”

Wag N’ Wash Pet Food and Bakery Expands

Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery, a full-line specialty retail and grooming center for cats and dogs, is heading to Redmond, Washington, on March 3.

The new store, located at The Village at Redmond Ridge on 23535 NE Novelty Hill Rd., marks the second of 15 stores the specialty pet retailer plans to open in the Seattle area and will be owned and operated by Rose Baeza. The first store opened in April in Queen Anne.

“At Wag N’ Wash, we understand that your cats and dogs are cherished members of the family,” Baeza said. “Instead of going to multiple shops to find quality pet food and grooming services for your furry friend, Wag N’ Wash provides ease and convenience by being a one-stop-shop where pet owners can wash ’em, feed ’em and spoil ’em, all in one cool place!”

Prior to Wag N’ Wash, Baeza was a senior finance manager at Microsoft. After experiencing the one-of-a-kind bonding experience of self-washing her dog, Baeza wanted to provide this opportunity to fellow pet owners.

“Redmond is my home, and I’m thrilled to bring the brand to the Eastside where I can provide much needed convenience to members of my community wanting to take excellent care of their pet companions,” she said.

Founded in 1999, Wag N’ Wash offers a community for pet enthusiasts to go, find quality goods and services for their pet companions, and simply be pet people. Expert nutritional staff is always available to help customers make the best nutritional choices; and all the while, furry friends are mingling throughout the store.

Each Wag N’ Wash store also actively supports local non-profits that share the company’s mission of enhancing the quality of life for companion pets and their guardians. In 2016 alone, Wag N’ Wash stores donated over $100,000 worth of gourmet biscuits, all-natural pet food, free washes, free merchandise and monetary donations back to their communities. In addition, Wag N’ Wash works with local rescue groups and has single-handedly been responsible for the adoption of more than 2,100 cats and dogs through its adoption fairs.

Scratchpay Wins VMX Pet Project

In partnership with The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), pet technology brands PetCoach and Whistle have announced Scratchpay as the winner of Pet Project 2018, a live pitch event that invited entrepreneurs in the vet health industry to bring their ideas to the stage at the annual Veterinary Meeting and Expo, VMX. This is the second installment of the Pet Project venture program aimed to encourage innovation in the $65 billion pet industry by providing support to entrepreneurs with winning ideas or products intended to improve the veterinary practice and future of pet medicine.

Scratchpay, a startup offering simple, friendly payment plans for immediate access to veterinary care, was selected by a panel of four expert judges including veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker; Mars Petcare’s VP of Digital Health, Jeannine Taaffe; Brock Weatherup, EVP Strategic & Digital Experience at Petco; and NAVC CEO Tom Bohn, CAE. As the standout pitch of Pet Project 2018, Scratchpay will receive a $25,000 cash prize and critical feedback to help accelerate ITS idea into a thriving business.

“I was thrilled to take part in this event alongside some amazing entrepreneurs in the veterinary space,” said John Keatley, founder and CEO of Scratchpay. “The prize and industry recognition will help us ensure that more pets have access to the medical care they need to live happy lives.”

Pet Project was developed in 2017 by Brock Weatherup, EVP Strategic & Digital Experience at Petco, and Ben Jacobs, co-founder and CEO of Whistle.

“The NAVC is proud to join Mars Petcare, Petco, Whistle and PetCoach to support entrepreneurs, help them clear the hurdles startups typically face within the industry and bring their innovative ideas to the veterinary healthcare world at a faster pace to advance our profession,” Bohn said.

Scratchpay was joined on stage at the VMX Pet Project 2018 live pitch by the following startup finalists:

VetSpire – a cloud-based veterinary medical records and practice management company

Petnostics – creators of at-home tests to identify early warning signs

Fuzzy – comprehensive in-home veterinary care

Future Pet – SMS patient history collection for veterinary visits

NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo Set for May

Mark your calendar and save the date because the 6th annual NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo is back for more pet industry fun! This one-of-a-kind boutique B2B tradeshow will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at Home Studio Inc. near Union Square Park. Hosted once again by Nancy Hassel of American Pet Professionals and Dana Humphrey of Whitegate PR, the upcoming NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo will feature new products for 2018.

Media, pet retailers, groomers, veterinarians, social media and pet influencers will join together to learn about the latest and greatest pet products available on the market. Press and pet celebrities will be in attendance as well as retailers traveling from distances including Boston, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York City, Pennsylvania and Long Island to see and shop for products for their pet stores. In addition, Pet Age Magazine will be this year’s Presenting Media Sponsor. Pet Age Magazine has been a supporter and sponsor since the first expo back in 2014.

Over the years, the pet industry has experienced continuous, unprecedented growth. Early this March, the American Pet Products Association (APPA) announced that the overall spending in the pet industry has surpassed previous spending by more than $6 billion. With over 84.6 million pet-owning households in the US (about 68 percent of total households), it’s safe to say that people love caring for and living with four-legged companions.

“Pet owners today have a parenting attitude towards their pets. In fact, the humanization of pets has become a global trend,” Humphrey said. “Because more people feel that their animals are part of their human family, they provide for them as they would other members of their household. This trend has most certainly influenced pet buying preferences, which is why higher quality products are in demand.”

In previous years, NYC Re-tails & Sales vendors have showcased everything from luxurious beds, nutritious food and treats, top-of-the-line grooming supplies, beautiful jewelry, stylish collars, durable leashes, innovative pet technology, and more.

Vendors for the upcoming May 1 show include: Exam Room Treats, BooDog Lifestyles, Charlie Bear Dog Treats, Ethical Products Inc., Longevity – Dr. B’s Raw Pet Food, Pawies, Paws Gourmet Bakery, SteelDog USA, Diggs Pet and SnugPups.

May is declared National Pet Month, a time to celebrate the importance of pets and pet ownership, and the first full week in May is National Pet Week, which is dedicated to celebrating the four-legged friends that enrich our lives each and every day. The NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo event kicks-off this special week and month-long occasion.

“Each year, the NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo has a bigger and better turnout than the year before,” Hassel said. “We love to watch participants network and establish connections in a fun, laid-back but business focused atmosphere. We hope to see you there!”

Fresh Step’s Cats on Glass Gallery

Fresh Step presented Cats on Glass Gallery, benefiting the Humane Society of New York, from February 15 to 19 in New York, New York.

The HALTI Walking Range Line in Action

Take a look at The Company of Animals‘ HALTI Walking Range: the Walking Lead, Walking Collar, All-In-One Lead, Walking Harness and Retractable Lead.

Nestlé USA Names New Market Head, CEO

Nestlé today announced that Steve Presley, currently chief finance and strategic transformation officer for Nestlé USA, will succeed Paul Grimwood as market head and CEO of Nestlé USA, effective April 1, 2018. Grimwood will transition from his current role and will continue to serve the business as non-executive chairman of Nestlé USA until May 2019.

With $9.7 billion in 2017 sales, Nestlé USA is the largest of eight U.S. operating companies as part of Nestlé Group.

Presley began his comprehensive career with Nestlé more than 20 years ago as a controller for the beverage factory in Suffolk, Virginia. He held various roles within the Beverage Division, including vice president of Finance and vice president/general manager of Premium Ready-to-Drink Beverages. In 2009, Presley was named president of Nestlé Business Services and in 2013, he was appointed chief financial officer for Nestlé USA. In 2016, Presley’s role was expanded to include leading Nestlé USA’s strategic transformation where he is currently responsible for developing, implementing and leading new and innovative strategies that ensure the long-term growth of the company. Presley’s replacement as Nestlé USA’s CFO will be announced at a later date.

“Steve has played a critical role in driving the strategic transformation of Nestlé USA alongside Paul,” said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé executive vice president and head of zone Americas. “His powerful combination of deep commercial and financial expertise provides continuity and makes him ideally suited to lead Nestlé USA in the changing consumer marketplace. Steve’s experience will prove invaluable in continuing to pursue new internal and external models to increase the speed of innovation, capitalize on M&A to seed our innovation machine, and create new income streams and capabilities.”

Freixe added that he is thankful for Grimwood’s enormous contributions to the business, which he led through a critical period in the company’s history.

“Paul’s dedication to Nestlé and his exceptional leadership helped propel Nestlé USA to record service levels, working capital and profitability in 2017,” Freixe said. “He achieved this success while simultaneously orchestrating Nestlé USA’s strategic transformation which included the sale of our Confections business, moving our headquarters across the country, and leading acquisitions and investments in companies like Freshly, Sweet Earth and Chameleon Cold-Brew.”

Grimwood has served as chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA since 2012 where he led a strategic transformation of the business, which included evolving its products to respond to changing consumer tastes and driving organizational change. He joined Nestlé in 2001 as country business manager for Nestlé Purina PetCare UK and Ireland. In 2005, he served as head of operations for zone Europe and was appointed market head for the UK and Ireland in January 2009. As non-executive chairman, Grimwood will continue to provide strategic counsel, with a particular focus on stakeholder relations. He also will play a key role in driving Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value agenda as well as engaging with government officials, industry leaders and NGOs.

ADM Names New President, Animal Nutrition

Archer Daniels Midland Company announced that Samson Li has been named president, ADM Animal Nutrition.

“Animal Nutrition represents an important growth platform for ADM, and we are pleased to have Samson on board to lead this effort,” said Chris Cuddy, president of ADM’s Corn Processing business. “In recent years, we’ve invested to improve our North American production facilities, expand our footprint in Asia and move into the pet treats and aquaculture feed industries. I look forward to working with Samson as we capitalize on our expanding product portfolio of feed additives, supplements, premixes, custom ingredient blends and specialty feed ingredients; our increasing global footprint; and our growing destination marketing capabilities to become the partner of choice for animal feed and pet food customers.”

Li previously served as managing director of the Asian business unit and as a member of the executive committee for Nutreco, where he led the company’s expansion in the Asian animal and fish feed markets. Before that, he worked at Novus International as vice president, sales and marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in economics and an MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

7Pets Changes Name to Petfive

After two years of growth, the company behind Garfield Cat Litter, formerly known as 7Pets, is launching a complete rebranding campaign, including a new name: Petfive Brands. Focused on increasing market share in the United States and enhancing its global presence, Petfive is says it is better positioning itself to serve as an umbrella for the company’s existing brands, soon to be launched pet specialty exclusive line of alternative litters, and eventual new product categories.

“The name Petfive is a play on the high five we often share with our beloved pets when celebrating good times and great products that deliver the quality and effectiveness that pets and their parents deserve,” said Pedro Bastos, CEO at Petfive. “Our new visual identity highlights the special bond between pets and pet parents, the same bond that drives us to fulfill our mission of developing products that contribute to a healthier, easier, and ever-loving pet / parent relationship.”

Petfive Brands currently manufactures and distributes two cat litter lines that are all-natural, sustainable and biodegradable, all without sacrificing effectiveness: Garfield Cat Litter and Hello Kitty Cat Litter. During the Global Pet Expo to be held in March in Orlando, Florida, Petfive (Booth #1985) will launch its new premium cat litter line, an enhanced formula, developed exclusively for the pet specialty channel.

Groom Expo West 2018

Groom Expo West was February 15-18 in Pasadena, California.

Pop-in@Nordstrom Features Skout’s Honor Products

Skout’s Honor, maker of environmentally and socially-conscious green cleaning and grooming products, today announced it will be featured by Nordstrom in the retail company’s Pop-In@Nordstrom Celebrates Year of the Dog shop, which launches today in select U.S. and Canadian stores.

This exclusive, limited-time shopping experience celebrates all things dog in honor of the Lunar New Year and 2018 being “Year of the Dog.” The shop features a wide assortment of exclusive apparel, accessories, toys, treats and surprises for dogs and the humans who love them. Curated by Olivia Kim, dog aficionado and Nordstrom vice president of Creative Projects, the shop will carry three of Skout’s Honor’s next-generation green cleaning products, including:

Stain & Odor Remover

  • For everyday clean up and unexpected accidents
  • Eliminates stains and odors quickly
  • Ideal for removing urine, feces, vomit, blood, mud, grease and even wine!

Odor Eliminator

  • For quick and easy odor eliminationPOP-IN_YOTD_logo_round_dark_CMYK
  • Breaks down and destroys surface and airborne odors
  • Ideal for pet bedding, car seats, furniture, upholstery, waste-baskets

Cat Urine & Odor Destroyer

  • For the worst cat spray stains and odors
  • Quickly eliminates feline pheromones and urine, feces, vomit, hairball, marking scent!

“We love that Nordstrom has recognized their customers’ desire to shop for products designed just for pets and pet parents,” said Jenny Gilcrest, director of marketing for Skout’s Honor. “Not only does this Pop-In@Nordstrom showcase our brand as one of the “best of the best” in pet specialty, but it’s also an incredible opportunity to introduce our products to a new group of potentially life-long customers.”

Pop-In@Nordstrom Celebrates Year of the Dog is available in eight Nordstrom locations and online at Nordstrom.com/pop from February 16 to March 25. Locations include:

  • Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Washington
  • CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
  • CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
  • Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Washington
  • Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
  • NorthPark Center, Dallas, Texas
  • South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California
  • The Grove, Los Angeles, California


Mars Celebrates Sixth Recognition on Fortune’s 2018 Best Companies to Work For List

For the sixth year in a row, Mars, Inc. has been named to the 2018 100 Best Companies to Work For list, compiled by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. Mars ranked No. 83 on the list, which is based on survey responses from more than 310,000 employees rating their workplace culture on more than 50 elements, including trust in managers, compensation, fairness, camaraderie and more.

Mars, a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love, started more than 100 years ago. In addition to its pet nutrition, health care and food products, Mars also manufactures chocolate, chewing gum, mints and fruity confections. Over the years, Mars has grown into a global company with more than 50,000 U.S. associates that help to make a difference for people and their pets every day.

“Whether it’s our unique approach to business or our strong, principles-led culture, this recognition is a celebration of our associates’ success around the U.S.,” said Tracey Massey, president, Americas, Mars Wrigley Confectionery. “We are proud to have earned our place on this list once again, and remain committed to continuing to create an environment that fosters growth, respect and inclusivity.”

Known for its investment in associate development and the ability to build a lasting and rewarding career, Mars provides a wide range of benefits and growth opportunities, such as allowing associates to experiment in different roles across business functions and offering pet-friendly offices and a robust personal development program and resources. Mars prioritizes a healthy, fulfilling life for associates with programs like parental leave and adoption assistance, while offering associates the opportunity to give their time and talents to organize, lead and recruit other volunteers through the Mars Volunteer Program.

This inclusive approach to business is guided by Mars’ “Five Principles” – quality, responsibility, mutuality, efficiency and freedom. These principles drive engagement, connections between associates and contribute to the success of the overall business within the company, fostering a culture of shared purpose. As the only food or consumer packaged goods company to have made the list, Mars focuses on doing business in ways that are good for the company, good for people and good for the planet, investing over $5.4 billion in the U.S. since 1995.

“Mars is honored to once again receive this recognition and shine light on its associates and their dedication to creating a purpose-driven workplace filled with pride,” the company said.

Melissa Verplank Enterprises Names New VP

Joe Zuccarello has joined Melissa Verplank Enterprises (MVE) as the new vice president of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. This new and influential role will collaborate the efforts of The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, White Dog Enterprises, Learn2GroomDogs.com, and Whiskers Resort and Pet Spa.

Zuccarello joins the multifaceted MVE brand from TropiClean, where he served as the director of Innovation and Promotion. His extensive experience in new product development, strategic planning and leadership will help build the Verplank brand worldwide. Additionally, Zuccarello’s expertise spans the entire pet industry spectrum including management and process development at first class pet resorts, grooming spas, and training facilities. Zuccarello is a sought out international speaker and has worked as a consultant providing management, operations, and sales training services and assistance tailored specifically for the pet industry. Likewise, Zuccarello is a writer for many pet industry publications both in print as well as online. He has a Master’s degree in business administration and was a professor and senior lecturer of graduate and undergraduate business administration courses at a private university in St. Louis.


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