In This Issue
Pet food sales in decline, claims new Mintel report
Leading retailer says food sales continue to thrive
CASCO Pet grows with the aquisition of German firm
Dog lover Andy Murray invests in tracking device for pets
Half of all UK rabbits are lonely and stressed, claims charity
2016 Pet Industry Federation Awards open for entries
Dog trainer launches day care crèche called CentreBarks
PFMA launches ‘Wild Bird’ education packs for schools
Young photographers invited to ‘capture’ super pets
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Fire at Nestle Purina factory in Sudbury
PIF launches new energy benefit for its members
‘Walk in the Park’ raises over £2,200 for Birmingham Dogs Home
Weird and wonderful things that pets swallow
Don’t buy ‘Dory’ on a whim, warns OATA
Alastair Stewart back at BETA International by popular demand
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2016 Pet Industry Federation Awards open for entries

Nominations for the 2016 Pet Industry Federation Awards are now open and being received online at

The winners will be announced at the 2016 Pet Industry Federation Awards dinner, which will take place at Wokefield Park hotel, near Reading on Tuesday, November 1.

The winners will receive their awards from ‘Rimmer’ from Red Dwarf and ‘Mr Brittas’ a.k.a comedian and actor, Chris Barrie, who will then delight the audience with a light-hearted after dinner speech.

It is free for businesses to enter the Pet Industry Federation Awards and to be in with a chance of winning they need to outline, in no more than 500 words, why they think their business should receive the award. Judging criteria is available online at

The deadline for the receipt of entries is Monday, August 1.

The award categories are:

  1. Retail Chain of the Year – sponsored by Natures Menu
  2. Independent Retailer of the Year - sponsored by Natures Menu
  3. Manufacturer of the Year – sponsored by PATS
  4. Wholesaler of the Year – sponsored by PATS
  5. Exporter of the Year
  6. Grooming Business of the Year
  7. Kennel or Cattery of the Year
  8. Pet Service of the Year
  9. Sales Representative of the Year

The PIF Awards are announced following the daytime Pet Industry Forum - a conference aimed at all pet businesses which will look at important issues affecting the pet industry, such as safeguarding the future of the industry; how the specialist channel can survive and looking at pet health opportunities for businesses.

Tickets for the Forum & Awards will be available online at

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