The PetQuip Awards are firmly established as a mark of excellence for companies wishing to highlight their products and services to the world.
Now in their sixth year, such is the popularity of the awards that several hundred entries were received this year, and following the judges’ deliberations, these have now been whittled down to a list of 39 finalists.
Commenting on the quality of the entries received, PetQuip’s trade association manager, Pat Flynn said; “It has been a mammoth task working with our team of experts to filter through the entries and each and every finalist can be proud of their achievements. This is particularly true for those companies that have made it into the final line-up in categories where there were a large number of entries.
“Our final judging panel, made up of independent retailers, a retail chain buyer and a marketing analyst, will have a hard time deciding the ultimate winners”.
The 2018 finalists are:
Business of the Year
Broadreach Nature +
Exporter of the Year
Burgess Pet Care
Marketing Project of the Year
Company of Animals
Inspired Pet Nutrition/Harringtons
Just for Pets
Natures Menu/True Instinct
Pet Product of the Year
1) Food & Treats:
Hownd – Hemp Wellness Treats
Kennelpak – Yakers Dog Chews
Loving Pets – Ora Bone
Meatlove – Training Sausage
Naturediet – Moist Meaty Treats
Nutriment – Dinner for Cats
Poppy’s Picnic – Enhanced Pet Food
Poppy’s Picnic – Complete Meatballs
Poppy’s Picnic – Follow-on Paste
Slurps – Nutritious Dog Drinks
Collarways – Mookiemax grooming and massage tool
Collarways – WestPaw chew
Company of Animals – new launch
Danish Design – Dog Duvet
K9 Organics – Shampoos/Paw Balm
Pet Trade Innovations – Doc & Phoebe No Bowl System
3) Health & Technical:
Catipilla – Climbing Frame
Chicken Guard – Automatic Chicken Coop Door
Collarways – Anti-parasite Collar
Doggy’s Cuppa – Daily Dog Brew
PetWeighter – Dog Feeding System
Sure Petcare – Microchip Pet Door Connect
Sure Petcare – Cat Flap Connect
WaggleAntics – Tick Defence
International Pet Retailer/Distributor/ Wholesaler of the Year
Saint Vincent Group, Dubai
Samohyl, Czech Republic
Wanimo.com, online retailer, France
UK Pet Retailer of the Year
Colchester Pet Stores, Colchester, Essex
Hart Pet Supplies, Benfleet, Essex
Mutt & Co Pet Boutique, Hartlepool, Teesside
Pack and Clowder, Hackney, London
The Wet Nose Dog, online retailer
WaggleAntics, online retailer
To be revealed on 23rd September at the PetQuip Awards dinner.
Speaking about how the industry perceives the value of the awards, the director general of PetQuip, Amanda Sizer Barrett said; “News of the winners is always eagerly anticipated, and the publicity generated for those runners- up, finalists and winners should never be underestimated.
“PetQuip receives worldwide recognition and to gain one of its awards demonstrates that the winning firm is a high achiever in the pet industry. Using the awards as a form of promotion can add significant credibility to both a company and its products in both home and overseas markets. We are looking forward to finding out who will be the lucky winners this year.”
Final judging will take place in August with the winners being announced on Sunday 23rd September at the PetQuip Awards dinner, which takes place on the first evening of the PATS pet trade exhibition in Telford.
Following the success of last year’s presentations, the PATS New Product prizes will also be presented at the dinner. Tickets for the event can now be booked by calling 01959 565995 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are £80 plus VAT or £70 plus VAT for PetQuip members and in addition to entry to the event, the price includes a drinks reception, three course meal with wine and entertainment. As in previous years, the occasion promises to deliver a fun evening of networking, good food and wine.
PetQuip is the International Trade Association of Pet Equipment Suppliers. The PetQuip team assists and promotes the development of international trade in the pet equipment sector, providing a catalyst for business contact between manufacturers, suppliers and buyers.