How Petco Is Using Voice Activation To Connect With Pet Owners

vivadmin/ September 11, 2018/ News

Petco recognized that if it recognized as the best source of pet information and finding pet products intelligently on Alexa and the Google Assistant, that is a strategic opportunity to take advantage of. At the end of July, pet store chain Petco went live with its voice-activated programming with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. The company had two goals: connect

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Fressnapf/ Maxizoo opens the 1500th store

vivadmin/ September 10, 2018/ News

It was only 29 years ago that Torsten Toeller opened the first “Freßnapf” store in the North Rhine-Westphalia town of Erkelenz, Germany. This store is still with us today – and it even has the same store management as in 1990. Nevertheless, Fressnapf | Maxi Zoo has experienced a great deal in nearly three decades. Today the group is represented

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Pet food manufacturer donates 25 percent of profits to charity

vivadmin/ September 7, 2018/ News

Burns Pet Nutrition has announced a £1m charity donation – which equates to a quarter of its annual profits – to celebrate its 25th year of trading. The pet food producer will be donating to a number of charitable organisations of part of its continued efforts to support community projects and animal charities. The family-run Carmarthenshire-based business has been producing

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Pet Food and accessories firm bags £ 5m facility

vivadmin/ September 7, 2018/ News

A private equity-backed retailer and distributor of pet food and accessories headquartered in Nottingham has secured a £5m asset-based lending facility from Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance to underpin its growth strategy. Established in 1974, Kennelpak now distributes pet food and products from its 80,000 sq ft warehouse under a range of own and licensed brands including Collards, Taste of

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U.S. Pet Market: 2018’s Game Changing M&A and Investment Activity Hints at Industry’s Future

vivadmin/ September 6, 2018/ News

The year 2018 started out with a bang M&A-wise due to General Mills’ February acquisition of Blue Buffalo, and as of early August the U.S. pet industry has seen at least two dozen additional acquisitions.  But what’s more revealing than the sheer number is the types of M&A activity and impact they are expected to have in coming years, according

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How sustainable is sustainable?

vivadmin/ September 5, 2018/ News

There is no universally agreed upon definition on what sustainability is. With multiple and varying views on what it is and how best to achieve a sustainable future, policies also vary widely. But, generally speaking, sustainable development is considered to be: ‘Development that meets the needs of the planet without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own

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PETS TODAY 2018

vivadmin/ September 4, 2018/ News

From October 19-21st PETS TODAY is the fair, the 9th edition, in Greece which allow you to find business partners in Greece.  PETS TODAY is a professional B-to- B trade fair, all the main players of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean market are gathering at this fair. The location of the event is the new venue at Athens International Airport,

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Zooplus: continuation of growth path, first half 2018

vivadmin/ September 4, 2018/ News

Private label sales grow above average at 37% year-on-year. The aim is that private label will get a share of 20% of the total turnover. Business with private label food and litter grew disproportionately with sales in this segment growing 37% versus the same period of the prior year. Sales growth in the first six months of 2018 continued to

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Walmart is Omnichannel king, Amazon is in position for the Crown

vivadmin/ September 3, 2018/ News

Among major retailers, Walmart is far and away the retail leader by number of shoppers. In 2018, 64% of U.S. adults (about 162 million) have shopped at Walmart in the past three months, according to market research firm Packaged Facts in the new report Walmart as Omnichannel Competitor, which focuses on omnichannel (online, in-store, and aggregated) consumer purchasing trends. Equally

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Study looks at reducing energy in dog food extrusion

vivadmin/ August 31, 2018/ News, Petfood Processing Technology

Brazilian researchers looked at the possibility to increase extruder productivity without elevating electric energy consumption, an important economic consideration for dog food production efficiency. The research paper, to be published in the September issue of Animal Feed Science and Technology, evaluated the effects of specific thermal energy (STE) application at the extrusion preconditioning stage on the processing parameters, starch gelatinization,

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