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Katie Pottenger, owner of Parker’s Holistic Pet Market in Chicago,
reported that the cleverly designed bowls and feeders launched at
Global Pet Expo this year in Orlando, Fla., have been a huge hit for the
Shannon Supanich, media and public relations manager at Pioneer
Pet Products in Cedarburg, Wis., reported that the company is working
on a Signature Collection, a high-end line of fountains and other
“This line of three-plus products will focus on quality as always but
a bit more trend and design,” she said. “They should fit nicely into the
recent home décor styles.”
Kriser’s Natural Pet, which has multiple locations, just debuted the
Torus watering system from Heyrex, which founder and CEO Brad Kriser
said he is very excited about.
“It has a double filter and is portable, making it easy to give your dog
or cat the cleanest, freshest water, regardless of where you are,” he said.
“The technology is akin to Brita or Pur systems for humans, but brings it
to a whole new level with the portability.”
At SuperZoo in Las Vegas in August, Neater Pet Brands launched an
affordable hammered bowl line designed to appeal to customers who
are more focused on fashion, said Jackie Becattini, marketing director for
the Malvern, Pa., company.
Bowsers Pet Products in Toronto recently added the Artisan Feeder
to its product line. The feeder is made from solid rubberwood and
enhanced by neutral stain finishes, said Linda Brown, vice president of
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Many trends in feeders revolve around op- timal pet health, said Brad Kriser, founder and CEO of Kriser’s Natural Pet, which has
multiple locations. These include slow-feeding innovations, raised diners and bowls designed to prevent
Manufacturers are responding to the consumer’s
focus on better nutrition and the way the animal receives nutrition, said Curt Jacques II, owner of West
Lebanon Feed & Supply in West Lebanon, N.H.
“For example, with a large population of ‘
aggressive eaters,’ the need to have a feeder or slow feeder
bowl has created a lot of interest in making sure that
the dog has reduced or slower intake in eating their
meal,” Jacques said. “Digestive upsets are common,
and with a dog wolfing down their food, they are
more apt to have upset tummies and don’t enjoy their
food as they should.
“Elevated food and water bowls are still very popular, especially for the large-breed dogs,” he added.
Billy Davison, national sales and service manager
for Unleashed Life in Springfield, Mo., agreed.
“There are many health benefits for larger pets
when they are eating out of a raised feeder,” he said.
“We also are starting to see a growing demand for
heavier feeders and waterers to prevent the bowls
from moving with more aggressive pets.”
Fashion working alongside function is another
trend, with feeders becoming more solution-based,
said Jackie Becattini, marketing director at Neater Pet
Brands in Malvern, Pa.
Bowl trends include new materials, such as stainless steel and bamboo.
“The growth in raw-food diets has made stainless
steel a vital part of this category as well,” Kriser said.
In addition to high-quality materials and stylish
options, quiet pumps are in demand, reported Shannon Supanich, media and public relations manager at
Pioneer Pet Products in Cedarburg, Wis.
“With the popularity of Pinterest, Houzz, etc., consumers are demanding not only high-quality, healthful products for their pets, but they want them to fit
nicely into their home décor,” she added.
Linda Brown, vice president of product development for Bowsers Pet Products in Toronto, also reported a focus on design.
“Consumers are looking for a functional yet stylish design,” she said. “Bowsers Artisan Feeders are a
new, sophisticated option to today’s bulky, utilitarian,
stainless steel feeders. They are a contemporary modular design—add on single feeders for drinking water
or for feeding additional dogs.”
Stylish options in dishware abound, along with practical feeders and
waterers for those pets who might have digestion or other issues.
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