Pet Age sent out the 2016-2017 Retailer Survey to more than 11,000 independent retailers in November to gain a better understanding of the state of their businesses. The cover story for the January issue of Pet Age was a comprehensive guide to the state of the pet industry based on the results of the survey.
Respondents who completed the survey and opted-in were automatically entered into a drawing for an Apple iPad mini, and the winner was Rose Scarisbrick, co-owner of For Footed Friends in Naples, Florida.
Family-owned and operated since 2008, For Footed Friends researches the products it offers to ensure a better quality of life for pets. Products must meet the store’s strict guidelines, which is exemplified by the high quality brands that are carried by For Footed Friends. The store’s food and treats contain no artificial fillers, and instead carry labels that read “natural,” “organic” or “Made in the USA.”
One of the store’s co-owners, Eric Brix (husband to fellow co-owner Janet Rossano), notes that raw foods by such brands as Primal and Instinct are currently the store’s top sellers. Other brands that he considers popular include Orijen and Acana brand dry foods by Champion Petfoods. Fromm products, including both wet and dry foods for cats and dogs, are also top sellers.
“I’d also say that a lot of natural remedies, for things like fleas and ticks, as well as herbal tinctures, have been popular,” Brix said. “And Ark Natural, which is a local company, is popular with us.”
For more information on For Footed Friends, visit www.forfootedfriends.com.