Henry Wag at PATS Sandown 2018PATS Sandown celebrated its tenth anniversary last week with a successful show for visitors and exhibitors alike. The event delivered an unrivalled platform for the launch of hundreds of exciting pet product innovations for the trade.

Along with buyers from the major chains there were many from the independent sector including retailers and associated professions such as animal health or dog groomers. Visitors also included overseas distributors looking for new products for their markets.

Henry Wag’s stand was very popular across this range of buyers leading not only to a busy show, but also to many follow-up conversations as we increase the numbers of stockists both in the UK and overseas.

In Grant’s words “We had a very busy first day meeting existing and exciting new contacts and the second day was even better! It is great having British-designed products focused on pet health and well-being that enable regional distributors and the independent sector to benefit from the products that pet owners are now demanding.”

New Product Showcase and Awards

The New Product Showcase, sponsored by pbwnews, was a busy area throughout the event, and retailers admitted they were spoiled for choice as they decided on which items to stock in their stores for the year ahead.

Over 180 products entered the PATS Sandown 2018 New Product Awards including Henry Wag’s micro fibre noodle pet mats and grooming glove towel. Guideline criteria included product innovation, design, quality, packaging and value for money. Henry Wag congratulates the winners:

  • Dog Accessory Product- Grip’n’Tug Toy PetSafe (Radio Systems). A robust toy specifically designed for large breeds to encourage interactive and safe play.
  • Dog Food Product – Nutritional Booster Soopa Pets. Many dog owners will be attracted to its vegetarian option.
  • Dog Treat Product – Pawsecco Freeze Pops Woof & Brew This product is a great line extension to an award-winning product.
  • Pet Care Product- Luxury Reversible Bandana Calming Kit Pet Remedy. A calming product to any anxious dog and easy to administer.

Other Show Highlights

Higher Nature launched a range of pet supplements. The clean label products are formulated with all natural ingredients and are free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives and include easy dose, flavour-free powders to mix with meals.

The range combines the best from science and nature for pets’ health and happiness, with essential nutrients for joints and muscles, heart and brain, anxiety and stress, a healthy gut, skin care and general all round nutrition.

Global pet product expert, PetSafe unveiled a number of innovative new lines in its FroliCat and Busy Buddy range at PATS Sandown. The Busy Buddy collection of toys help re-direct potential destructive behaviours of dogs through design. The FroliCat range is specially designed to provoke a cat’s natural hunting instinct, consequently encouraging movement and promoting overall well-being.

Pet Industry Federation

The Pet Industry Federation hosted a Business Lounge at PATS Sandown to show how PIF’s membership can help pet businesses grow and thrive in an ever-changing pet market. This included information on:

  • PIF’s new public-facing mypetpeople.co.uk website,
  • details about the new exclusive Business Complete package;
  • the latest information on the new animal establishment licensing regulations; and
  • dates and venues of its education courses.

For further information about PIF and how it supports pet businesses, please see www.petfederation.co.uk.

PATS Sandown 2018 Visitor View

Neil Reed, of Pet Stop, Isle of Wight, said: “This is the first time I’ve visited the show and I’m impressed with the diversity of all the products. Seeing all the ranges under one roof is great for independent retailers like us.

So a show for next year’s diary for Henry Wag, when we look forward to meeting you.

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