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New Products Showcase Winners Announced for Global Pet Expo 2018

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(PRESS RELEASE) STAMFORD, CT – The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) announce the New Products Showcase winners from this year’s Global Pet Expo, held March 21-23, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Best in Show, Second and Third Place awards were presented across nine categories, and a newly added award for Best in Show Buyers’ Choice was given for a product representing a clear favorite among buyers. Beyond the designated nine categories in the New Products Showcase, this product garnered significant votes from buyers overall, and trade show officials felt it deserving of recognition. This year, buyers submitted twice as many votes at the 2018 Show over last year’s event.

AQUATIC 

Best in Show
Paludarium
Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc.
Booth 1855

Second Place
CUBE 30 Aquarium with Multi-Color LED Light, 4 Gallon – Translucent
OASE North America
Booth 5272

Third Place
Versagarden
AquaEl
Booth 4690, 4691, 4791

BIRD

Best in Show
Happy Beaks Made in USA Toys
A&E Cage Co., LLC
Booth 1619 

Second Place
Pecking Order Sun Pecks
Red River Commodities, Inc.
Booth 2651

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Third Place
Pizza Party Bird Toy
Sweet Feet & Beak
Booth 3171

BOUTIQUE

Best in Show
Smart Scoops – Goat’s Milk Ice Cream Mix
Puppy Cake
Booth 4254

Second Place
LickiMat
Hyper Pet
Booth3855

Third Place
Mutt Hatter Toy Set
P.L.A.Y.  (Pet Lifestyle And You)
Booth 4121

CAT

Best in Show
Mousr
Petronics, Inc.
Booth 6344 

Second Place
Swan, Stainless Steel Drinking Fountain
Pioneer Pet Products, LLC
Booth 3445 

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Third Place
CatGenie A.I.
Petnovations, Inc.
Booth 3307

DOG

Best in Show
Aquapaw Pet Bathing System
Aquapaw, LLC
Booth 6166

Second Place
Bend-E Branch
StarMark Pet Products
Booth 2471

Third Place
Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs
Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs
Booth 6274

NATURAL PET

Best in Show
HandsOn Shedding/Bathing/Grooming Gloves
HandsOn Bathing/Grooming Gloves
Booth 5148

Second Place
Pet House Candle 2018 Spring Display
One Fur All
Booth 879 

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Third Place
Black Gold Powder
PetStore.Direct
Booth 5244  

REPTILE

Best in Show
Exo Terra Tiki
Hagen Group
Booth 2701, 2901

Second Place
Zilla Verticle Décor
Central Garden & Pet
Booth 2101

Third Place
Zilla Spring Cave
Central Garden & Pet
Booth 2101 

SMALL ANIMAL

Best in Show
Ferret Finder
Marshall Pet Products, Inc
Booth 2025 

Second Place
Kapok Build-A-Series
Ware Manufacturing
Booth 2867 

Third Place
Kaytee Premium Timothy Hay Treats
Central Garden & Pet
Booth 2101

POINT OF PURCHASE

Best in Show
Ultimate Chew Center Power Wing
Treat Planet, LLC
Booth 691 

Second Place
2018 Shelf Takeover
Honest Kitchen, Inc. (The)
Booth 443 

Third Place
Barnyarn Animals
Chilly Dog
Booth 801

Best in Show Buyers’ Choice Award
Walkin’ Blind Dog Halo
Walkin’ Pets by Handicappedpets.com
Booth 3838

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Show off Your Pet’s Tricks with the Vital Essentials Nationwide Contest

It runs through Jan. 27.

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(PRESS RELEASE)With the new year comes new goals and adventures. So, while you’re working on your personal goals, don’t forget about your four-legged family members. January is National Train Your Dog Month and an excellent opportunity to make a resolution to learn something new with your dog.

Vital Essentials is hosting its first ever “Train Your Dog” Contest on Instagram to help promote the importance of socialization and training for happier, healthier dogs. The contest runs Jan. 13-27. Two winners will be selected from photos posted on Instagram with #TricksforVETreats.

Pet parents can enter our “Train Your Dog” Contest in three easy steps:

  1. Teach your dog a new trick or help them perfect one they already know.
  2. Capture a photo or video of your dog showing off their trick.
  3. Post the photo or video on Instagram with #TricksforVETreats.

All entries will be featured in Vital Essentials Instagram highlights. Winners will be selected on Jan. 31 and will receive a prize pack that includes five Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Family Size Treats, an $80 value. These newest additions to the Vital Essentials lineup are great for multi-dog families or for sharing on your pup’s play dates.

“Our high value treats are ideally suited for training puppies, teaching new tricks or reinforcing positive behaviors,” commented Melissa Olson, VP marketing and sales. “Because our treats are made from single protein and freeze-dried, their nutritional value is much higher than other treats that are highly processed. Dogs eagerly follow commands to get their Vital Essentials reward!”

National Train Your Dog Month was established in 2010 and is designed to promote the importance and benefits of training dogs. Too many dogs are turned into animal shelters each year for behavior and training issues that could be easily solved with proper socialization and positive training. Most importantly, training your dog is not just beneficial, it’s FUN!

For more information and to see some great pet tricks, follow Vital Essentials on Instagram. Contest rules available at vitalessentialsraw.com/sweepstakes

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Oxyfresh Launching Cage Cleaner and New POP Display at Global

The company will be at booth 5970.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Oxyfresh will be exhibiting and showcasing its full line of premium pet dental health and grooming products at Global Pet Expo. The Oxyfresh booth 5970 will be launching its new point-of-purchase display featuring products from its dental line, as well as its new non-toxic Cage Cleaner.

Oxyfresh does not use harsh chemicals or additives that can be harmful to pets. Its groundbreaking, proprietary ingredient Oxygene is what sets the company’s products apart. It is unique because it gently and safely neutralizes the bacteria that causes pet bad breath and periodontal disease, helping pets live longer, happier lives.

The Oxyfresh booth will showcase some of its most popular and beneficial innovations. These include: Pet Dental Water Additive, Pet Ear Cleaner, Pet Shampoo, Pet Dental Gel Toothpaste, Pet Dental Breath Spray and Pet Deodorizer, to name a few. The recently launched Pet Dental Kit will also be displayed, which includes everything needed to help pets achieve a healthy mouth and fresh breath.

“Our Pet Dental line has had tremendous success over the years, which is why we are very excited to offer our new point-of-purchase display highlighting some of our most popular dental products at Global Pet Expo,” says Mariano Tellarini, president of Oxyfresh. “This new eye-catching, high-resolution POP display will help us to continue establishing brand awareness, increase revenue, and promote our innovative pet dental care creations.”

In addition, Oxyfresh is excited to officially launch its new Cage Cleaner at this year’s show. The Cage Cleaner is ideal for cleaning kennels and cages for small animals (birds, gerbils, mice, etc.) Like all products at Oxyfresh, Cage Cleaner is made in the USA, cruelty-free, non-toxic, safe, gentle, effective and won’t disrupt immune system.

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Europet Brings Unique Pet Products to US

The first two brands to be intoduced are Croci Spa from Italy and RelaxoPet from Germany.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Europet’s mission is to bring new European pet products to the U.S. market.

“We will be supplying “Europe’s best kept secrets” to American pet retailers across the country,” says Daniel Stopnicki, owner and founder of Europet, which is a subsidiary of My Family Canada.

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Stopnicki has been in the pet industry for nearly 40 years, specializing in market development for high quality European brands. Having been dedicated to the aquatics segment from the 1990s into the 2000s, he made the switch in 2016 when he introduced the revolutionary My Family Engraving system brand to both the USA and Canadian market place. As the owner of My Family Canada, he is the exclusive Canadian distribution partner for My Family.

Having solidified the My Family distribution network in the U.S., Stopnicki has transitioned out of the market development role with My Family USA. He is now able to focus on bringing his passion for high-end products and unique pet industry marketing expertise by providing access to the lucrative U.S. pet supply industry to a select number of European brands.

The first two brands that Europet will introduce are Croci Spa from Italy and RelaxoPet from Germany.

Europet is the exclusive U.S. distribution partner for Croci Spa, Pet Products from Italy. Croci was founded in Varese in the 1990 thanks to the entrepreneurial intuition of the Croci brothers. The company later gained success in Italy and abroad developing its own high-quality branded products.

Europet is also the exclusive U.S. distribution partner for RelaxoPet, a compact sound module that provides high-frequency vibrations for deep relaxation in dogs, cats, birds and even horses. Invented by Frank Bendix, the RelaxoPet pro Animal relaxation trainer can be used to relieve anxiety-related stress situations in most pets by influencingstress reaction in a subtle and hardly noticeable way — even preventively.

Europet will be exhibiting at the upcoming Global Pet Expo where it will have officially launch its new products.

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