In This Issue
Pet food recalled after testing positive for salmonella
Pets at Home ramps up training recruitment scheme
Ten million owners don't know what's in their pets' food
Ceva launches humorous new TV advertisements
Santa Denzel treats 500 dachshunds for Christmas
Skinner’s donate over £10,000 in dog food to rescue centres throughout the UK
Owners put their pets’ health at the heart of 2019
Vince the Vet completes launch of unique range of clinically proven, natural supplements and remedies,
Taking the stress out of settling, bonding and training
Vitalin to showcase eco-friendly packaging at PATS
Last chance to nominate for Ceva Animal Welfare Awards
Pet Trade Xtra hits the high spots in 2018
New products that caught our eye in 2018 – will they become 2019 bestsellers?
An award-winning product taking the market by storm
Christmas recipe for dogs proves to be a winner
Another festive product that caught our eye
HOWND entered the dog treat market and made instant impact
The best of the previous Pet Trade Xtra
Owner ‘distraught’ after Pets at Home grooming incident
Revealed: Top 50 pet industry news stories of 2018
New appointments at pet food firm
HOWND set to launch Hemp Wellness Treats Starter Pack with free counter display
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New appointments at pet food firm


The Real Petfood Company – which is based at Kinmel Park in Bodelwyddan – has appointed Ceri Twist as Technical Services Manager.  She joins from Arla Foods where she was for seven years, latterly as Site Grader & Stock Controller.  In her new role she will play a key role in general product innovation including developing more export products and increasing the range of wet dog food.


At Arla Foods her responsibilities included daily analysis of production records to assess the length of storage for different cheese products, the development of a new product benchmarking system and improving the integration of the site into the local community.


The firm has also appointed Ross Dilworth – previously a production worker at the business – as an electrical & software engineering apprentice.  He joins the maintenance team and after four years will be a fully qualified, multi-skilled engineer.  In addition, the business is actively looking for a second apprentice and has enlisted further education colleges Coleg Menai and Coleg Cambria to help with recruitment.


Chris Akroyd, the firm’s engineering manager said: “Our in-house maintenance team has now grown to the size that we can offer apprentices a comprehensive and valuable training programme.  It is well-known that qualified engineers in the manufacturing sector are in short supply and, once qualified they can look forward to excellent career opportunities and a salary package of some £40,000pa.”


The number of employees at the Real Petfood Company has more than doubled from 30 to 65 since the firm moved to its current site some two years ago.  The business makes premium quality pet food for brands such as Wagg and Harringtons as well as a wide range of own label products for major retailers.

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