August 1, 2016

This is a milestone issue you hold in your hands. On top of our normal coverage of all that is new and noteworthy in the pet industry, we’ve got other really big things going on in this issue.

The first thing you are likely to notice is our redesign. The Pet Age team has been working hard the past several months to change our look to offer our readers a fresh, compelling, readable publication. We’ve rearranged the order to better stress important content. We’ve added more visual elements to keep your mind interested and your eyes engaged. Our website has been completely overhauled as well, so I invite you check that out.

I’m thrilled with how our content looks on the print and digital platforms and am proud to be working with such a talented design team. They took the ideas of the publisher and editorial team and really brought them to life. My hat is off to our print designer, Damon Cassaro and our web developer, Joe Barry. Thanks to them for making the words we work on look so good. I send additional thanks to the editorial and sales teams for all of their valuable input.

The other major item is our third annual Distributor of the Year Award. The entire Pet Age team is pleased to honor Pet Food Experts as our 2016 Distributor of the Year. When I went out to visit the Pet Food Experts facilities, I was impressed with their facilities but even more so with their people and philosophy. It also was fun getting to know owner Michael Baker and some of his team. I hope you enjoy reading about the company.

We’re also bringing you our SuperZoo product showcase, featuring a sampling of the cornucopia of new products that will launch at the show. I’m looking forward to seeing all the new, innovative, useful and fun items in person as I walk the show floor.

And let’s not forget that the new P3 show is happening in Chicago at the end of the month. We’ll be talking more about that in our next issue. Speaking of the next issue, that will be Pet Age’s forty-fifth anniversary and we will celebrate with a long look back at our—and the pet industry’s—history. I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am.

Tom Mazorlig

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