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West Paw’s 2018 Contest Winner ‘Makes It Montana’

The winner is Michael Palmer from Premier Pet Supply.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Since 2014, Bozeman, MT-based pet product manufacturer West Paw has offered the chance for its retail partners to win a free trip to Montana. This year West Paw announces Michael Palmer from Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, MI, spent his Fourth of July with his son, Roman, among the bears, wolves, coyotes and elk that inhabit Yellowstone National Park. (Yellowstone is located 1.5 hours from West Paw’s headquarters in Bozeman, MT.)

Michael and his son, Roman, won:

• Airfare for two (from anywhere in the U.S. to Montana)
• First-rate hotel accommodations (five nights)
• Car rental (it’s a big state, and horses take too long)
• National Parks Pass
• Tour of West Paw’s manufacturing facility
• Five days to explore the state

“Roman and I had the best time! It was an awesome trip for us. We saw and did a lot of amazing things. We hiked a few miles in the backcountry and set up camp in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere. It was really beautiful along a rushing river. On the hike back, a bear crossed our path. Thank you and everyone at West Paw for a trip of a lifetime,” says Michael Palmer, owner, Premier Pet Supply.

“This popular contest gives all of us at West Paw the opportunity to meet incredible people like Michael and his son, Roman. By inviting winners to Montana to tour our factory and meet with our staff, we gather insights from successful business owners like Michael. This information is invaluable for all of our employees and it is such a treat for the employees to meet the people who are on the front line, selling the products they make,” says Spencer Williams, president and CEO of West Paw.

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Each year, West Paw chooses a period of time when a retailer purchase automatically enters them into a database. The company then randomly selects a winner who is given a year to complete their trip to Montana.

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Groom South Competitions Announce New Ownership, Expansion Plans

It’s now owned and operated by Chuck Simons of Groomers Helper.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Groom South, now owned and operated by Chuck Simons of Groomers Helper, has a new date and location for 2019. This GroomTeam USA-sanctioned competition will be held at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, on Nov. 18-19.

This introductory contest will have one division, open to all competitors. The four GroomTeam USA sanctioned classes, Hand Stripping, Spaniels & Setters, Poodles and Purebred Scissoring will adhere to GroomTeam USA Open division rules and will be eligible for point-earning opportunities.

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Check-in for the competition is Nov. 17 at 4pm. Room rates at The Showboat in Atlantic City start at $65 per night.

Groom South will also offer Best in Show and Best All Around Groomer awards. Internationally renowned contest judge Christina Pawlosky will judge all classes.

Simons is pleased to have the opportunity to retain the GroomTeam USA sanctioned status of Groom South 2019 and looks at this show as a launching pad for his significantly larger event in 2020, Groom South Florida.

Groom South Florida, planned for May 2020, will cater to groomers from the USA, Canada, Central and South America and overseas. The culturally rich location for this South Florida event, as well as translations in English, Spanish and Portuguese, will assure participation from all corners of the Americas and abroad.

Simons is the inventor of the Groomers Helper Safety & Positioning System and owner of The Pet Salon in Margate, NJ, along with his wife, Beth, NCMG. Simons has won The Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry,” as well as The Barkleigh Honors Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry,” along with multiple additional industry trade awards.

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SuperZoo Participants Topped 21,000

The event showcased emerging trends and innovations.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SuperZoo, produced by World Pet Association, opened its doors to host the pet product community in August in Las Vegas, NV. The largest North American pet product marketplace welcomed over 21,000 participants and unveiled new show features including the SuperZoo Investor Hub and the freshly enhanced New Product Showcase as the pet sector continues to soar financially with intense investor interest.

Amidst a thriving trade show floor, WPA president Jacinthe Moreau unveiled its new logo to consumer and trade press as part of the association’s larger rebranding efforts ensuring its leadership position within the global pet retail community. “The WPA rebrand goes far beyond a new logo and operational focus. It’s about the association’s leadership evaluating what the industry and our members need in order to grow and thrive in a competitive, ever-changing marketplace,” said Moreau. The brand and association offerings will ensure that retailers are being supported and well served with a focus on business, innovation, technology and experiential marketing. The association will focus its efforts around four key pillars: producing world-class trade and consumer shows and events; providing industry action and leadership; supporting retail with business services and value-added resources; and giving back through community good works.

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“It’s always wonderful to reunite with this dynamic, passionate community for a week of celebration, product discovery, learning and networking,” said Moreau. “The health and growth of the industry is apparent as we welcome both new and returning pet retailers, groomers and manufacturers to the show each year. WPA’s mission continues to be focused on growing and supporting our community and serving as a catalyst for meaningful collaboration and advancement of the industry. With this as our guiding principle, we were thrilled to provide attendees with relevant, leading-edge education sessions, an unprecedented opportunity to discover innovative product offerings and value-added peer-to-peer networking.”

With its New Product Showcase and emphasis on cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurialism, WPA and SuperZoo look to the future as their members push the pet sector to new heights and profitability. Industry analysis shows that it’s a boom time for pets with 50% sector growth over the next five years with overall spending expected to reach $100 billion in that time-frame. In recognition of this explosive time for pet care, SuperZoo 2019 introduced the Investor Hub, which served as a gathering place for finance and private equity funds to engage with companies, entrepreneurs, and product developers looking for capital investment. This destination created a pipeline of innovative pet product discovery and development and opened the door to partnerships and acquisition opportunities with leading industry investors including Leap Ventures, Purina Innovation and Factory LLC.

Leap Ventures, a joint collaboration between the Michelson Foundation, Kinship and a Mars Petcare subsidiary, anchored the showcase with a Shark Tank style pitch competition looking for the next great consumer pet care product. The inaugural winner was Teef for their innovative dental care product for dogs. They took home a $15,000 prize and keen interest from Leap’s Studio division, which helps incubate start-ups like Teef for major growth. Asad Butt, Director of Business Development for Leap, thought SuperZoo was the obvious choice to launch this new effort. “The mix of industry experts, innovators, investors, and of course, pet retailers, provided the perfect audience for us to help startups showcase how they’re making a better world for pets.”

SuperZoo 2019 show highlights included:

  • Nearly 1,200 exhibitors showcasing innovative products and emerging trends, including 800 new products launched in SuperZoo’s New Product Showcase.
  • Record numbers of attendees enjoyed more than 100 hours of education and learning throughout the show, covering the full spectrum of relevant topics and best and next practices, including core business, grooming trends and techniques, animal wellness and pet boarding services.
  • SuperZoo had a record-setting day at Show Floor Talks. Communicating Pet Nutrition and CBD & Hemp Legislation were the most highly attended.
  • Over 2,000 SuperZoo participants mixed, mingled and enjoyed the sounds of R.E.O. Speedwagon at the famous House of Blues sponsored by Pet Releaf.
  • Richard Thompson, Factory Founder and creator of Fresh Pets, spoke to a capacity crowd announcing the company’s intent to acquire new businesses leads by dynamic entrepreneurs. Fresh Pets raised $250 Million for this express purpose. Over the course of three days, the Investor Hub was a hive of activity serving as WPA’s “TED for Pets,” as one industry insider noted, with panels on investment, start-ups and businesses.
  • The world stage for grooming competitions awarded more than $49,500 in prize money and equipment. Local dogs rescue organization, Rescue Rodeo, provided adoptable pets to be groomed as part of the grooming competitions.
  • Pet Yoga provided an engaging and interactive experience with the added opportunity to relax and breathe with passionate pet industry professionals.

SuperZoo also celebrated several contest winners, including:

  • New Product Showcase Award Winners featuring new award categories: Innovation, New Nutrition Product, Technology, Shelf Appeal, Lifestyle, Point of Purchase, and Humanized Pet Product. For the full list, visit https://superzoo.org/2019-nps-winners/
  • Tom McLaughlin Super Jackpot Winner: Azareth Cantu
  • Grooming Contest Winners full list: https://superzoo.org/grooming-contests-winners/

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P.L.A.Y. Recognized as a “Best For The World” B Corporation

The company honored in Changemakers and Governance categories.

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(PRESS RELEASE) P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) a Certified B Corporation, has been recognized in the 2019 Best For The World: Changemaker and Governance categories. P.L.A.Y. earned this honor because of their overall mission, ethics, accountability, and transparency, as well as commitment to using Business as a Force for Good. B Corps that earn the designation as a “Changemaker” set a gold standard for managing and improving their business’ social and environmental impact over time. Ranking in the top 10 percent of all B Corps for their governance impact, P.L.A.Y. has also been recognized for their significant positive impact in their innovative governance structures to protect the mission of their business.

Best For The World recognition is administered by B Lab, the global nonprofit that certifies and supports Certified B Corporations, which are for-profit companies dedicated to using business as a force for good. Today there are 3,000 Certified B Corporations across 64 countries and 150 industries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corp Certification doesn’t just evaluate a product or service, it assesses the overall positive impact of the company that stands behind it — like P.L.A.Y. Using the B Impact Assessment, B Lab evaluates how a company’s operations and business model impact its workers, community, environment, and customers. To achieve the B Corp Certification, a company must achieve a score of at least 80 points on the assessment.

“We are incredibly proud and honored to receive this recognition,” says Will Chen, CEO and co-founder of P.L.A.Y. “Eight years ago, we dreamt of creating a company that not only met the needs of modern pet parents, but that also would change the world one dog bed at a time. This honor shows that we are truly meeting our mission to make things better for pets, people and the planet through using business as a force for good. But, none of this would be possible without our loyal fans. Whether it’s our 4 million plastic bottles saved, our thousands of beds donated to shelters in need, or our giving back partnerships with wildlife funds around the world — none of that would matter without those who have supported P.L.A.Y. from the beginning.”

1,000 B Corps from 44 countries were named to the 2019 Best For The World lists, including Patagonia, Beautycounter, Dr. Bronner’s, TOMS, Seventh Generation, and Greyston Bakery. The 2019 Best For The World honorees are determined based on the verified B Impact Assessments of Certified B Corporations. The full lists are available on bcorporation.net.

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