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Everyone’s a winner in PATS Awards
23rd September 2019

By Karen Pickwick


DOUBLE WINNER: John James (centre) of James and Steel was presented with two awards on the night by PATS organiser Gordon Thomas and Karen Pickwick from pbwnews

The winners of the PATS Telford 2019 New Product Awards – including two new categories and two wins for one business – were presented at the PetQuip dinner at the end of the first day of the show.

The awards were chosen from a record entry of 259 by a team of pet retailers on the first morning of the show. All the entries were displayed on the New Produce Showcase, sponsored by pbwnews.

The judges’ decisions took into account a number of guideline criteria, such as product innovation, design, quality, packaging and value for money.

The experts agreed that the New Product Showcase had produced a high calibre of entries, providing both variety and choice across all categories. They were pleased to see such a wide range of products and innovations, including many based on sustainable principles.


Two new awards – the Best In Show and the Green New Product – were judged and presented by Sean Kelly (above right), head of pet at Dobbies, the UK’s largest garden centre retailer.

WINNERS

CAT FOOD AND PRODUCTS
Winner: James and Steel
Catnip Space Ball Blaster
Judges’ comments: “It can be hard to find entertaining and enriching toys for cats, but this fits the bill perfectly. It was innovative and will catch the cat’s attention.”


DOG ACCESSORY AND TOYS

Winner: Holland Animal Care
Spotted! Smart Pet Tag
“Easy to use, not bulky on the collar with a good-sized counter display. This could be an impulse purchase as it is a good price with no monthly charge.”


DOG FOOD AND PRODUCTS

Winner: The Innocent Pet
British Lamb Casserole Air Dried Complete Food for Dogs
“This looked and smelled attractive enough for humans to eat – in fact one of the judges tasted it and pronounced it delicious! Attractive to both owners and pets.”


DOG TREATS AND PRODUCTS
Winner: Woolf UK
Natural Bone with vegetables, glucosamine and chondroitin
“A great price point, striking and eye-catching display. This was a unanimous winner with the judges.”

DOG HARNESSES, LEADS AND DOG WEAR
Winner: James and Steel
Sotnos Sport Active Wear
“Great, wipe-clean collars that are easy to clean and don’t need to dry out. They are a bit different to others on the market and come in attractive bright colours.”


GROOMING PRODUCTS

Winner: Kong Company
Kitty Comber
“All the judges wanted one of these! This was an outright winner. It was such a good quality product, durable and cat owners will use it.”


PET CARE PRODUCTS

Winner: TropiClean Pet Products
Fresh Breath 2-week Trial Kit
“A good little kit at a good price. Two-week trial means customers will be encouraged to give it a go.”


SMALL ANIMAL AND BIRD PRODUCTS

Winner: Mealberry
Little One Tasty Bowl from assorted meadow grasses
“This was a great product at pocket-money prices – kids would come in and buy them for their pets. Comes in a good selection box and looks good quality.”

GREEN NEW PRODUCT AWARD
Winner: Project Blu
“Here’s a brand that is really making a difference, taking waste out of the system and re-cycling it into quality products.”

BEST IN SHOW AWARD
Winner: Holland Animal Care
Spotted! Smart Pet Tag
“This product has a great price point. It’s very simple but does the job perfectly. I see this being an easy sell for the retailer. It’s a well-deserved winner of this new award.”

The New Product Awards were presented by Gordon Thomas, from PATS organiser Impact, and Karen Pickwick, of pbwnews.