Pet Product News
From pet food and treats to grooming tools and toys—and everything in between— new product introductions flood the market every year, while the industry’s major trade shows expand to make room for the influx
of product marketers looking to dazzle retail buyers
with their latest wares. This productivity is a sign of
the industry’s continued growth and the vast consumer demand for innovation in the world of pets.
But with so many choices and so little time to
mull them over, what’s a retailer to do?
Pet Product News’ (PPN) Editors’ Choice Awards
is one way in which we endeavor to help.
Every year, PPN invites manufacturers both big
and small to show us their latest introductions and
enter these products to be in the running for a PPN
Editors’ Choice Award. Up until 2017, we would
collect all of these products, put them to the test
with our team of furry, finned, scaled and feathered
experts, and then unveil our top picks among the
Last year, we switched things up a bit. Rather than having simply one round of winners, PPN
added a finalists round to honor the many products
that really captured our imaginations, impressed
us with their ingenuity or quality, or just seemed
plain cool. This finalist round, which we shared
with readers in the October issue, allows us to
highlight a greater number of awesome products
while keeping the winner’s circle earmarked for the
cream of the crop as determined by our team of
Aside from being able to honor manufacturers
for a job well done, PPN’s Editors’ Choice Awards
is an opportunity for PPN to help retailers narrow
the field when it comes to choosing new stock. We
hope that providing our picks for the hottest and
latest products out there inspires our retailer readers and offers up some ideas for new goods for the
So here we present the 35 products that have
won the top honor of our 2018 Editors’ Choice
Awards. After a thorough period of testing, these
introductions victoriously made it to the finish line,
having proved to be yummy, sturdy, fun, inventive,
nutritious, useful, eye catching or novel—and,
most likely, some combination thereof.
AQUA T IC S
HIKARI SALES USA offers Hikari
Vibra-Bites. Great for all types
of tropical fish, its nutrient mix
offers many unique benefits,
the company states. It has a
pellet design, which mimics a
bloodworm moving through
the water, and its incredible
color-enhancing ability helps
fish glow with a flood of color. It
also features exacting nutrient
balancing through extensive
feeding trials that helps offer
excellent growth and form.
PYTHON PRODUCTS offers Professional-Quality Large
Tubing. Available in three-quarter-in. and 1-in. inside
diameter in both clear and black, the tubing is medical
grade, nontoxic and UV stabilized. Like all Python tubing,
it is made in the USA. It is perfect for pond and aquarium
GREENFEATHER BIRD SUPPLY’S
Full House is loaded with
cards, hardwood shapes, 1-in.
Parrot Rings, honeycombed
paper, plastic crystal rings and
not-sulfur-coated cornhusk on
paper rope. It offers small/medium to large beaks a tantalizing
variety of beak-appealing
textures for foraging, shredding
and chewing fun. It is comprised
of eco-friendly, recyclable and
some compostable parts.
CENTRAL AQUATICS’ Zilla Vertical Décor uses strong
suction cups that allow these realistic décor pieces
to stick to the glass higher up in the terrarium where
geckos, frogs or snakes feel safer. The lightweight pieces
are made from hard foam and painted to blend in to the
terrarium. Available in Mushroom Ledge (with reusable
feeding dish), Broken Branch, Rock Cave and Rock Ledge
(with two reusable feeding dishes).
SUPREME PETFOODS’ Selective Naturals Grain Free Guinea
Pig Food and Grain Free Rabbit Food are blended with timothy
hay. High in fiber and grain free, the food respects the natural
diet, with recipes that include essential foraging ingredients and
garden vegetables. It supports digestive well-being and has all the
vitamins and minerals guinea pigs and rabbits need to help keep
them in the very best of health naturally.
WARE PET PRODUCTS presents Kapok Build-a-Bed, Build-a-Nest and
Build-a-Hut. Kapok is the softest bedding to keep a small critter cozy.
Making the product very eco-friendly, the packaging for these products
actually transforms into the product itself—turning into a bed, a hut or a
nest. Each product is printed with vegetable-based inks.