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Up Country Celebrates 35 Years with Expanded Offerings

It is also expanding its philanthropic program called Up Country Cares.

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(PRESS RELEASE) For 35 years, Up Country, Inc. has stayed true to its brand and mission by continuing to offer superior quality and stylish product for both dogs and cats.

Each year, the brand introduces a variety of new made-in-the-USA collar fashions and matching leads — and this year is no different. With more than two dozen new designs being introduced — and more than 100 options to currently choose from — there is something for every pet’s personality. Up Country will be adding new patterns to its decorative pillow line, several stylish coats and gorgeous sweaters, a wedding-themed collar, and some very special birthday boxes! The brand will be participating in Global Pet Expo at booth 4101.

Also, Up Country is expanding its philanthropic program called Up Country Cares, by continuing to share and support its Adoption Tails program, as well as partnering with Dogs on Deployment and more.

“When I started Up Country back in 1984, the only dog collars available were either nylon or leather, and they had little to no decoration. People thought I was crazy designing ‘fancy’ collars for dogs who were just going to roll around in the mud. But those first six designs were the beginning of a dream come true,” shared Alice Nichols, founder. “It still excites me after 35 years to see the consistency in the quality of our products, as well as the gorgeous new patterns that exude personality, charm, and fun. Seeing first-hand, right here in our Rhode Island facility, our collars and leads being hand sewn, pressed, and finished with care, makes me extremely proud. Proud of our team, our product, and our Up Country family! Additionally, we like to extend our blessings by giving back to many of the communities and programs that keep dogs and cats safe.”

In 2019, Up Country released dozens of new fashions across its product lines. These include:

  • Apparel — Available June 2019, Up Country will be introducing several new coats and sweaters. Add some style and warmth to your doggy’s wardrobe this fall and winter! The Reflective Jacket and Orange Field Coat are available in eight sizes and include a handy pocket and harness patch. The Reflective Jacket is reversible with a fully reflective side for evening, and an attractive plaid pattern for daytime. Their new Orange Field Coat is the perfect option to increase visibility in the woods or fields! In addition, two hand-knit sweater styles will be available in sizes XS – XL. Up Country’s Floral Basket Weave Sweater will come in three colors with a charming basket weave pattern and floral accents at the neck. The Classic Cable Sweater will also be available in three colors, complete with colored tipping and pockets. SRP starting at $24.
  • Dog/Cat Collar and Leads — Over 100 beautiful, Made in the USA designs are available, with two dozen NEW styles in 2019, including the gorgeous Bristol collection! Show off your pet’s personality and your own personal style each season and holiday. From Up Country’s new Heart of Gold and Pawprint Stripe to their Funky Fish, Sitting Ducks, and Plaid patterns, there’s something for everyone. Matching leads available in all fashions, too! Available now in a variety of widths, sizes, and lengths — including extra wide widths for larger dogs. SRP starting at $22.
  • Decorative Pillows — Up Country’s Decorative Pillows are the perfect gift or addition to any pet lover’s home. Colorful designs with charming quotes like, “Be the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are,” or “Love is a Four Lettered Woof,” will delight and inspire. Beautiful canvas art on the front and soft, luxurious solid fabric on the back. Three sizes are available. Made in the USA. Available now; SRP $40.
  • WEDDING — The Up Country Canine Wedding Collection includes the perfect pieces to make your dog a cherished part of your engagement and wedding. Products available include two collar designs: Love and Cherish and Eternity, plus a Rose Ring made with silk flowers. SRP $25.
  • Doggie Doorbells — A wonderful training tool for your new pup! Hang the Doggie Doorbell in your home to help train dogs to alert you when it’s time to go outside. Available in 11 colors and made in the USA with durable bamboo webbing and nickel- plated bells. Personalization is available, too! Available now; SRP $21.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Pet Futons — Give your pooch a comfortable place to rest! Up Country’s pet futons are made with beautiful weather resistant materials that will not only stand up to any indoor or outdoor conditions but also look great! Cover is removable and machine washable. Four size options and personalization are available! Available now; SRP from $70.

For pet retailers and media attending the Global Pet Expo, please be sure to visit Up Country at booth 4101 to see these new offerings in person. To browse Up Country’s entire product line, and to learn more about its philanthropic efforts, please visit upcountryinc.com.

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NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo Wraps Up, Sets 2020 Date

It is scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) On Tuesday, April 30, the seventh annual NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo took place and had the best event turnout to date. Hosted once again by Nancy Hassel of American Pet Professionals and Dana Humphrey of Whitegate PR, more than 200 attendees from the New York City and surrounding areas joined together at Home Studios Inc. near Union Square Park for this one-day boutique B2B tradeshow.

In previous years, the NYC Retails & Sales Pet Expo was exclusive to media, pet retailers, groomers, veterinarians, social media and pet influencers. However, this year for the first time, the event opened the doors to the public for special pet parent hours. During the last two hours of the show, pet parents were invited to attend the expo to shop for the latest pet products, as well partake in a very interesting panel discussion regarding one of the pet industry’s fastest-growing trends: CBD and holistic pet care.

“Every year has been a success with the NYC Re-tails and Sales Pet Expo. However, this year, there was an energy and excitement that felt much different than ever before,” said Dana Humphrey founder and president of Whitegate PR. “Our vendors and attendees had fantastic feedback about the day, and allowing pet parents to join us gave the expo an added layer of fun!”

CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, has had a surge in popularity over the past couple of years for people and pets which is why the CBD market is expected to hit $22 billion by 2022, according to the Brightfield Group, cannabis industry analysts.

“Pet retailers are jumping on board to this massive trend, which is why Dana and I decided to add a CBD panel at this year’s show,” said Nancy Hassel, founder and president of American Pet Professionals. “Valuable and crucial information was shared at the discussion for both pet industry professionals and pet owners. It was the perfect way to close out the day!”

Attendees gathered around to hear from industry experts, all of which were exhibitors at the show, during two panel sessions CBD 101 and the Business Side of CBD and Hemp. Panels included: Angela Ardolino from CBD Dog Health, Craig Henderson from Fetch/Extract Labs, Matt Terrill from Innovet Pet, Min An from Buzzin and Dee Rivera of LATINISTA Magazine (as moderator). Panel session two consisted of: Dr. Bob Goldstein of Earth Animal; Damian Dalla-Longo of Bona Vida, Steven Cron Benchmark Payment Networks, Rob Kovler of Animal Nutritional Products, and Glenn Polyn from PET AGE Magazine (as moderator). During each panel, attendees learned about hemp regulations and how to carry this exploding new category in their stores. Veterinarians and experts crafting CBD in the USA were available for cautious pet parents and professionals to get their questions answered about this natural product that helps calm pets from anxiety and other ailments, especially prone problems for urban pets!

The vendor lineup included: Animal Nutritional Products, Benchmark Payment Networks, Bona Vida, Brutus Broth, Buzzn, CBD Dog Health, Don’t Forget Pocket Strap, Earth Animal, Emma Ko’s, Extract Labs/Fetch, Fairy Boss, Fluffygram, Green Coast Pet, Innovet Pet, NaturVet, NeVetica, Pet Smoochies, Pets Destiny, Ruffina, TwinCritters, Viachem, Wooftown’s brands: Baked Fresh and Home Cooked pet treats and food.

Mark your calendar for next year’s NYC Re-tails Sales Pet Expo, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

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The Pound Bakery Adds Product Lines to Summer Catalog

They include fun flavors specifically with summer in mind.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Known for creating healthy and innovative dog treats, The Pound Bakery is introducing a number of new product lines as part of its summer catalog.

The new product lines include fun flavors specifically with summer in mind.

All-natural Paws Barkery artisan-baked, soft dog treats, for example, celebrate the season with recipes such as Berry Patch, pineapple- and coconut-enhanced Pina Colada, and Fresh Made Donut Recipe, flavored with oats, molasses, coconut and flaxseed.

Le Petit Treat recipes are USA-made, but French cuisine-inspired, created by a trained Parisian chef. These grain-free treats come in a variety of fresh flavors and limited ingredients, such as Coq Au Vin, which includes chicken, chickpea, beets and more; Creme De Menthe featuring spinach and mint; and Beef Bourguignon filled with beef, carrots, peas, among others.

The Pound Bakery’s organic line, Wholesome Mutt’s Organic treats, are made with carefully selected, USDA certified organic ingredients, sourced directly from farms and baked in small batches. The pesticide- and chemical-free treats are available in flavors such as Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Ginger and Apple Cinnamon.

Additional brands under The Pound Bakery umbrella include Treat Simple, in exciting flavors and formulas such as Blueberry & Kale, Pomegranate & Coconut, Power: Protein, and Boost: Antioxidant. The manufacturer is also in partnership with Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, whose pet treat line is inspired by classic Italian entrees and desserts.

Since 1996, The Pound Bakery has enjoyed a reputation as manufacturer of only the highest-quality pet treats with as few ingredients as possible. With the recent completion of its new 220,000 square feet plant in Harvard, IL, The Pound Bakery became the largest pet treat manufacturing facility in North America.

Consumers can purchase treats from The Pound Bakery directly, via its retail site, Prized Pet. Wholesale bulk purchase can be made via the company’s online wholesale store: thepoundbakery.com/collections/all-products. In addition to direct selling of its own brand, The Pound Bakery also offers private label treat manufacturing for brands seeking grain-free, wheat-free or other natural pet treat solutions.

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NILodor Expands Distribution in Canada

It has teamed up with Anipet Animal Supplies.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NILodor Pet Brands has teamed up with Anipet Animal Supplies to distribute NILodor’s Tough Stuff and Mossy Oak Active Outdoor Dog product lines in Canada.

Anipet will offer odor control products for the home and pet formulated products with NILodor’s proprietary Odor Eliminating Technology. Products include odor and stain eliminator, grooming shampoos and sprays, Tap-A- Drop, cat litter additive, and rug and room deodorizers.

“It’s our commitment and priority to ensure the success of brick-and-mortar pet retailers. Our partnership with Anipet Animal Supplies helps achieve this goal in the Canadian Market”, said Jamie Thomas, national sales manager of NILodor. Anipet brings more than 30 years of experience providing superior pet products to independent pet specialty store, groomers and veterinary clinics.

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