BLUE BUFFALO TO PAY
$32 MILLION SETTLEMENT
Consumers who bought Blue Buffalo products might be able to claim
money back as part of a $32 million
settlement of the class action lawsuit brought after it was revealed
that the pet food contained byproducts, despite what advertisements
and packaging claimed.
Customers of the affected
brands can claim $5 for every $50
they spent between May 2008 and
Dec. 2015, but they must be able
to show receipts to receive the
maximum compensation of $200.
Without receipts the amount will
be capped at $10 per customer.
Details on the specific products and how to apply can be
found at petfoodsettlement.com.
P.L.A. Y. EXPANDS INTO EU
San Francisco-based P.L.A.Y.
(Pet Lifestyle And You), creator
and designer of award-winning
eco-friendly pet bedding and
toys, has a new fulfillment center
in the Netherlands. With distribution centers strategically placed in
Hong Kong, California and New
Jersey, and now the EU, P.L.A. Y.’s
human and furry customers will
enjoy quicker delivery times at
lower costs, the company stated.
This announcement comes at
the heels of P.L.A. Y.’s five-year
C.J. FOODS ACQUIRES DAY
SIX PET NUTRITION
C.J. Foods Inc., manufacturer of
dry, superpremium pet food in
the U.S., has acquired Day Six
Pet Nutrition, which also specializes in manufacturing specialty
dry pet food brands.
The purchase of Day Six Pet
Nutrition, based in Baxter Springs,
Kan., from its founder, Jerry Ross,
further increases C.J. Foods’ share
in the superpremium pet food
C.J. Foods will retain all 40
Day Six employees, including
the management team under
C.J. Foods currently produces more than 40 different brands
for the U.S. and international
markets, and it employs more
than 300 people at campuses in
Pawnee City, Neb., Bern, Kan.,
and now Baxter Springs, Kan.
C.J. Foods was recognized as
one of Inc. Magazine’s top 100
companies in America in 2013.
PET SUPPLIES PLUS
ON THE WEST COAST
The Pet Supplies Plus pet franchise,
which has more than 330 locations
in 26 states, announced that California is its next target as part of a
2016 strategic growth plan.
“There is high demand on the
West Coast for a franchise opportu-
nity in pet retail, and we are ready
for expansion into the open territo-
ry,” said David Leonardo, senior
vice president, franchising, for the
Livonia, Mich.-based company.
“As the industry grows regardless
of economic climate, we look for-
ward to partnering with franchise
owners in the California market
to bring our neighborly, fun and
easy-to-shop retail environments
to more enthusiastic pet owners.”
FetchFind, a Chicago-based career and education site dedicated
exclusively to the pet industry,
has announced the release of
its pet industry-specific content
marketplace and e-learning platform (known as a Learning Management System, or LMS). The
FetchFind platform aims to assist
businesses of all sizes with hiring
and training employees, accessing
business solutions and providing
e-learning and content. FetchFind
content focuses on topics and tools
relating to pet behavior and health,
customer service, general business
and other professional skills needed for working with animals.
FetchFind identified an in-dustry-wide pain point—the absence of efficient and affordable
high-quality options for providing professional hiring and continuing education to employees
and dedicated volunteers across
the pet industry, said the company in a statement.
The company said it hopes its
massive content library online will
give pet businesses, employees, pet
professionals and career changers a
user-friendly, affordable solution to
streamlined, comprehensive training and education.
The FetchFind marketplace
welcomes experts and content pro-
ducers from across the pet indus-
try to host and sell ongoing and
one-time educational and business
management tools to both busi-
nesses and individuals. Businesses
have the option of either adding
their materials directly to the plat-
form or having the FetchFind staff
assist in the development and pro-
duction of their content.
In addition, FetchFind has its
own original content, available
through the FetchFind Monthly
Pro subscription. This subscription
allows both individuals and companies to access all materials on
demand, with new content added
weekly. The e-learning system allows employers access to metrics
and reporting on employee engagement with the material. The
eight-week Behavior Fundamentals program, which is geared toward individuals wanting an introduction to canine behavior and was
previously offered in-person only
through FetchFind Academy in
Chicago, will be added to the platform in the second quarter of 2016.
FORBES NAMES WEST PAW
DESIGN ONE OF THE U.S.’
BEST SMALL COMPANIES
West Paw Design announced it
has been recognized as one of the
country’s best small companies
by Forbes magazine.
“Some of the reasons why we
were selected are due to our re-
sponsible growth and nonfinan-
cial priorities such as creating
great places to work, providing
great service to customers and
making great contributions to
their communities and finding
great ways to lead their lives,”
said Amy Schumann, marketing
communications for the Boz-
eman, Mont.-based company.
West Paw Design was one of
three B corp companies included.
According to Forbes mag-
azine, companies were chosen
based on the criteria used by Bo
Burlingame, author of the book
• The company has been ac-
knowledged as outstanding
by those who know the in-
• It has had the opportunity to
grow much faster, but its leaders decided to focus on being
great rather than just big.
• It has been recognized for its
contributions to its community and to society.
• It has maintained its financial
health for at least 10 years
by having a sound business
model, a strong balance sheet
and steady profit margins.
• It is privately owned and
• It is human scale, meaning
frontline employees have real
interaction with top leaders.
PETEDGE CELEBRATES ITS
PetEdge Inc. is celebrating its
“PetEdge was founded in
1956 as New England Serum Co.
by my father, Loeb Katz. Initially, he provided serums to local
dairy farms in the Topsfield,
Mass., area,” said Andy Katz,
Chicago-based premium pet resort Paradise 4 Paws took over operations for Petco’s
Pooch Hotel Brand and its properties, effective March 1.
Pooch Hotel, first opened in
2004 and acquired by Petco in
2011, is a boarding and day care
destination for dogs that provides day and overnight care,
including on-site grooming, spa
and dog training services.
Today, there are 10 Pooch
Hotel destinations in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas. Paradise
4 Paws will assume operations
Paradise 4 Paws Takes Over
for all 10 Pooch Hotel locations
in addition to its four exist-
ing Paradise 4 Paws locations
near Chicago Midway Airport,
O’Hare Airport, Dallas Fort
Worth Airport and Denver In-
ternational Airport, with an-
other set to open at New York’s
John F. Kennedy International
Airport later this year.
Petco’s Pooch Hotel Brand