BOBBI PANTER PARTNERS WITH
CHRISTIES DIRECT FOR UK,
Chicago-based Bobbi Panter Pet
Products’ product lines now
are available through Christies
Direct ( christiesdirect.com), the
third-most-visited pet grooming
website in the world, and export
to more than 30 countries across
the world, according to the
“I am delighted that we have
partnered with Christies Direct,
and that my products now are
available in the U.K., the European market and beyond,” said
Bobbi Panter, founder and owner of Bobbi Panter Pet Products.
“Bobbi Panter really appealed
AT A GLANCE
to us as we loved the story behind
the brand, the company ethics,
packing, products and formulas,”
said Colin Christie, managing
director of U.K.-
and tear-free for-
for a winning combination. As
Bobbi has developed these for-
mulations herself, we know they
are loved, tried, tested and actu-
Bobbi Panter Pet Products con-
sists of three lines—Bobbi Panter
Signature Line, Bobbi Panter
Natural and Bebe and Cece dog
shampoo by Bobbi Panter. All
Bobbi Panter products are made
and sourced in the USA.
• Founded in 1892 by Wilbur and Mary Ida
• Based in East Longmeadow, Mass.
• Manufactures Absorbine Equine and
Absorbine Pet brands
• Privately held U.S. company; owned and
managed by fourth and fifth generations of
the Young family
• Specializes in animal health care products;
brands are found online, in farm, feed and tack
shops, and at independent pet retail stores
PPN: Please share some background information on your career history and what led
you to become the general manager of W.F.
Young’s pet care division. You’ve also held a
key role with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory
Council (PIJAC). Please share some insights
on working within this organization.
KO: I started in the pet industry in
the mid-’90s in the aquatics sector,
which always has been a passion.
I spent over 10 years in this segment with companies large and
small before moving to the dog
and cat side and finally to W.F.
Young, where our focus is on animal health care solutions.
For about as long as I have been
in the pet world, I also have served
on a number of industry boards,
culminating as PIJAC board chair.
PIJAC plays an instrumental role
in serving as a guardian for the
industry to ensure the safe and
proper care for pets and their
availability to consumers. It is a
challenging but essential role, and
I am proud to have played a part
in such a vital function.
2007: Acquired Equine America, maker of
supplements, grooming aids and muscle
and joint relief remedies for horses
2012: Restructured to focus exclusively
on animal care
2013: Sold human health care division to
2015: Acquired Leather Therapy brand
and product portfolio; Pure Ocean Botanicals and Pet Kelp brand dog and cat
supplements; and Designing Health Inc.
and The Missing Link brand of animal
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