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Pet Fair Asia celebrates its 20th anniversary
The 20th edition of Pet Fair Asia will take place in a new venue, using 8 halls of Shanghai New International Expo Centre. With 1,000 exhibitors and 100,000sqm of exhibition space, Pet Fair Asia is the fastest growing event worldwide (+40% in 2017) and the largest exhibition for dog, cat, rodent and reptile supplies in Asia (net surface/exhibitors/visitors numbers certified by UFI).
This 20th anniversary marks an important step for the pet industry in China. Chinese suppliers are now considering their own territory as a priority, increasingly thinking from a brand perspective. Local products are getting seriously innovative and domestic brands are already making a breakthrough at home and abroad. In a market weighted for 2 billion US$, where distribution channels are particularly short, the presence at Pet Fair Asia becomes decisive for branding: most exhibitors present their offer in large and creative spaces (up to 1,000sqm).
International brands are omnipresent at the show, where pet healthcare and food safety are growing arguments for end-users’ decision-making process. Their massive success at Pet Fair Asia shows a tremendous potential for imported products. In 2017, the show gathers multiple pavilions including New Zealand, South-Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong-Kong and Brazil, along with international booths from more than 30 countries.
Moreover, the exhibition covers an extended range of the industry supply chain. Along with pet food, toys, clothing, accessories… an entire hall is dedicated to pharmaceutical/veterinary suppliers and pet clinics. The increase in demand for pet food technologies in Asia explains the explosion of upstream suppliers (+60% in 2017), showcasing ingredients, machinery and packaging solutions. Other dedicated sections include cat products, small pets and aquaria.
Conferences complete these specific exhibits: the 6th Petfood Forum China offers an extensive program on pet food supplies with a business and technical focus. The 4th Annual Meeting for Pet Hospital Management address issues related to the fast-paced development of the veterinary sector. Finally, the 7th International Pet Industry Summit, organized in a privileged environment, comes in a whole new formula: top level presentations from China market insiders, insight into the undergoing revolution from the East, business opportunities for decisions makers from Asia and their Western counterparts.
In a world where leading pet trade shows across the globe have become great backyards for networking, there is just something “more” happening in Shanghai in August.
 Pet Fair Asia
24-27 August 2017, Shanghai New International Expo Centre

Hundreds of hounds are bounding back to Sydney for the fourth annual Dog Lovers Show at the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August, joining some of the biggest and most respected experts in the pet industry.

Celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown is taking to the stage with a series of new and informative talks, joined by beloved vet Dr Katrina Warren and the Wonderdogs who are premiering a brand new show – The Wonderdogs go on holiday.

The celebrity-studded line up continues with Hero Dog Ambassador and Neighbours star Andrew Morley, TV Vet Lisa Chimes, celebrity animal trainer Peta Clarke (whose credentials include Babe and Legally Blonde the Musical), K9 trainer Steve Austin and discgility pro Rodney Gooch.

After a smashing success in Melbourne, the inaugural Sydney Insta-Pooch Zone will see the most famous #DogsofSydney sashaying down the red carpet Dog-walk to be interviewed, snapped by the pup-arazzi and taking their rightful place on velvet thrones. It’s the one place for Sydneysiders to meet, greet and snap a selfie with some of their furry Instagram idols.
WSAVA, Hill's Announce 2017 'Next Generation' Veterinary Award Winner
Judges praise commitment to raising standards of veterinary care in the Balkans


TOPEKA, Kan. (21 July 2017) – Dr. Luba Gancheva, a Bulgarian veterinarian who now lives and works in Romania, has been named by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and Hill's Pet Nutrition as the winner of the 2017 ‘Next Generation’ Veterinary Award.  The award acknowledges the work of a veterinarian who graduated within the past ten years and who has contributed significantly to the betterment of companion animals, the veterinary profession and society at large.
"Millennial vets carry the future of the profession with them,” said Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn, Chief Professional Relations Officer at Hill's Pet Nutrition.  “Luba has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the experiences and education of early-career veterinarians. She has also taken positive steps to connect these next-generation professionals with ones who are already established in the field.”
Dr. Gancheva will be presented with her award at the WSAVA World Congress 2017, which takes place Sept. 25-28 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  She will also give a lecture entitled: ‘A high professional level of veterinary medicine is offered in the Balkans.  True or false?’ 
The Balkan Peninsula extends from Central Europe to the Mediterranean Sea and includes the countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and the European part of Turkey.

Dr. Gancheva graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Forestry in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2010, and began working in a small animal practice in the city. She demonstrated her commitment to continuing education and received a Master of Science in Infectious Diseases from Triaka University in Bulgaria.  She now lives in Bucharest, Romania, and works at the Cabinet Filip Veterinarul animal hospital.
Her PhD thesis, entitled ‘Clinical Manifestation of Brucellosis in Dogs, caused by Brucella Canis,’ was based on a study she conducted on the incidence of this disease in the Balkans.  As a result of her thesis, Dr. Gancheva was invited to speak at two congresses in the Balkans, where she realized how enthusiastic her colleagues in the region were to continue their professional development. 
In 2015, she launched an online veterinary journal called ‘Vets on the Balkans,’ with the goal of helping regional veterinarians work more collaboratively and share their experience and knowledge.  The journal has presented more than 90 cases and has developed a strong readership. It has also built partnerships with many of the key companion animal veterinary associations in the region.

Building on this success, Dr. Gancheva in 2016 launched an initiative called ‘Learn and Travel with Vets in The Balkans’.  The program enables veterinarians to increase their knowledge and experience by working in clinics in nearby countries. The first placements were made earlier this year, and they were supported through sponsorships and donations from 12 participating practices in Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Belgium, Italy and Croatia.

Dr Käthi Brunner, Chair of the WSAVA’s Leadership and Nomination Committee, said: “Tackling the inequality of education and resources available to veterinarians depending on where in the world they are working is one of the key challenges facing the profession.  Dr. Gancheva has taken some very practical steps to support the development of the profession in the Balkans, both through launching the journal and through the new ‘Learn and Travel’ scheme.  We congratulate her and hope that both of these initiatives continue to prove successful.  She is a great example of a Next Generation veterinarian who is showing a very personal commitment to raising standards of veterinary care.”
As the winner of the 2017 ‘Next Generation’ Veterinary Award, Dr. Gancheva will receive a monetary gift, an engraved plaque and a WSAVA certificate. 
Dr. Gancheva said: “I would like to express my gratitude for the Award. It is the biggest honour of my life and I am excited to be part of WSAVA World Congress this year.  During my lecture, I will present clinical reports from my journal from each country in the Balkans to show that, while we may have economic difficulties, our passion for knowledge and love for animals give us strength.  When you cure an animal, you change the world for someone, so veterinarians change the world. Thank you WSAVA!”
Hill’s will fund Dr. Gancheva’s attendance at the 2017 WSAVA World Congress so that she can accept her award. 
Candidates for the WSAVA, Hill's Next Generation Award can come from any country and must meet the following criteria:
  • Graduated within the past 10 years
  • Active in continuing education
  • Have a strong record in community service
  • Working to bridge the gap between their generation and others 
The WSAVA's 101 member and affiliate associations represent more than 200,000 individual veterinarians from around the globe.  They work together to advance the health and welfare of companion animals.  Hill’s is the WSAVA’s most long-standing and significant industry partner.
Candidates for the 2018 Next Generation Award can nominate themselves by sending an email to by Jan. 1, 2018. They should include a letter of intent, a CV and at least one reference letter. Further information can be found at
Good mental health critical to business success
Small business operators have been urged to take as much care of their mental health and wellbeing as they do of cashflow and serving customers.
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has published online resources and links to raise awareness of wellbeing issues and warning signs.
Ombudsman Kate Carnell said high levels of stress and long working hours left small business people vulnerable to fatigue, anxiety and depression.
“It can be tough starting and growing a small business. Often the hours are long, cash can be tight and you have to constantly overcome obstacles,” Ms Carnell said.
“The results of our payment times inquiry found the stress of late payments, cashflow and debt affected the wellbeing of more than three quarters of small business owners surveyed.
“Ninety-three per cent reported personal and family hardship as a result of late payment.”
Ms Carnell said good mental health was critical to the success of a business.
The recent Suncorp SME vs Me Report found that owners of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) were blurring the lines between their personal and business finances, which impacts on their wellbeing.
More than two thirds of owners had experienced personal challenges including fatigue, financial stress, loss of motivation and relationship strain because of work-related matters.
The founder of Billie Goat Soap, Leanne Faulkner, has told her story of struggling with depression while trying to keep her business afloat during the global financial crisis.
Leanne sought help from a local counsellor and completed the beyondblue program, Business in Mind. After three months she was able to return to work part-time, taking on jobs at her own pace and, with careful planning, eased back into the workplace and her role as the business owner.
Small businesses bleeding from higher energy costs
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman says small business operators are the forgotten people in Australia’s energy crisis.
Ombudsman Kate Carnell says high energy users like manufacturers and hospitality businesses are casualties of a failed system.
“It makes sense for heavy users to negotiate long-term contracts, but it’s nearly impossible to meaningfully compare quotes without expert knowledge,” Ms Carnell said.
“Combined with poor reliability of supply, small businesses are in a precarious position. It’s a disincentive to employ and invest.
“For manufacturers, the rising cost of energy has also heightened their vulnerability to foreign competition, eroding one of the few cost advantages that Australia has compared to other countries.
“It’s a terrible shame that one of the most energy-abundant nations in the world has reached this point.”
Ms Carnell said the Finkel Report provides a way forward. The recommendations are technology agnostic, they support growth in renewables and storage, and encourage lower emissions from coal and gas.
“It’s encouraging that COAG endorsed 49 of the 50 recommendations and some good will come of that,” she said.
“The Commonwealth has not ruled out a clean energy target and is working towards this.
“The states need to stop grandstanding and get on board with a national approach.
“Bans and moratoria on gas production are part of the problem and should be lifted.”
Ms Carnell said business as usual is no longer an option. Business as usual is lack of reliable power and unsustainable price increases.
“If we don’t fix the policy settings there will be small business closures and job losses, it’s that simple,” she said.
“The only growth will be in high-polluting diesel generators and off-grid generation.
“Investors need confidence there’s not going to be another change of policy when there’s a change of government.
“Without confidence and stability there won’t be investment in baseload power generation.
“Without investment there will continue to be price hikes and unreliability. The consequences for small business, employees and consumers are potentially dire and can’t be allowed to occur.”
Price Plastics, Dandenong:
A wholly Australian-owned small business manufacturer of industrial plastics products fears that their business will no longer be viable. The company has 50 employees in three states and is keen to continue investing in manufacturing in Australia.
Price Plastics has had to enter into a new one-year electricity supply contract and faces an increase in electricity costs of more than 75% this year. In addition, the company faces seasonal tariffs on electricity for industrial use.
Careful management has kept other business costs at similar levels to the previous year, but electricity has become the company’s second highest cost. The business has found that suppliers and customers are adversely impacted by gas price increases as well as rising electricity costs and face closure or sourcing products from overseas.
PMG Engineering, Braeside:
Victorian injection-moulding business and tool maker, PMG Engineering, employs more than 30 people. The business is grappling with a 20 per cent spike in its electricity costs and the outlook is for a 180 per cent increase next financial year, excluding network charges. The estimated increase is more than $110,000 a year.
In addition, owner and managing director Gerard Suttie says electricity infrastructure charges have more than doubled in the past five years. He says it's difficult to compare quotes from retailers and he engaged a broker for this purpose. He explains the retailer can penalise his business if he uses less electricity than agreed under the contract.
For PMG Engineering and many others, the rising cost of energy has also heightened their vulnerability to foreign competition, eroding one of the few cost advantages that Australia has compared to other countries.

US News

Chinese Pet Food Giant to Produce ‘Made in USA’ Pet Treats

Gambol Pet Group, based in Shandong Province, China, has launched a new American subsidiary, Gambol Pet USA. The new California corporation will produce “made in USA” pet treats using U.S.-sourced natural ingredients. Gambol Pet Group is a leading producer of high-quality pet food, and it is the largest provider of private-label pet treats for Walmart in the US and Canada.

Gambol Pet USA is headquartered at its newly-acquired, state-of-the-art production facility in Perris, California. The custom-designed 50,000-square-foot facility has been awarded GFSI, BRC and Organic certifications. With a world-class facility and cutting-edge technology for food processing, drying, extrusion and packaging, Gambol Pet USA can assure brand marketers and retailers their products will be produced with unparalleled quality, safety and production yield

“Gambol Pet USA is an American company providing more new jobs for U.S. workers,” said Richard Allen, the company’s chief operating officer. “Our mission is to produce premium-quality pet treats that meet the market’s demand for safe, nutritious, wholesome products that are made in the USA with American-sourced ingredients.”

Earlier this year, U.S.-based global investment firm KKR made a private equity investment in Gambol Pet Group. The amount of the investment, made through KKR’s China Growth Fund, was not disclosed. Gambol is using KKR’s backing to expand its production capacity in key markets in North America, Europe and Asia. KKR is also providing its expertise in food production systems to bolster Gambol’s efforts in the areas of food safety and security.

“The goal of our partnership with KKR is to provide even greater pet nutrition solutions to customers around the world,” said Qin Hua, chairman and CEO of Gambol Pet Group. “The launch of Gambol Pet USA is a major milestone on the road to achieving that goal.”

Source: Pet Age

Awards given out in Vienna

Pets at home (UK), Tetra (USA), Tom & Co. (Belgium) and Ferplast (Italy) were some of the international winners at the World Branding Awards who were recognised at the Animalis Edition of the Awards in Vienna.
Over 60 000 consumers from all over the world voted in the competition, choosing their favourites from over 800 applicants. The 92 most successful brands from 35 countries received awards in Vienna.

In addition to manufacturers' brands and pet store chains, recognition was given to zoos, animal welfare associations and service companies catering for pets and other animals.

What NSW Tradies Charged Last Quarter

If you thought buying a house in New South Wales was expensive, now the cost of renovating is up too, leaving the state's tradies flushed with cash.’s quarterly Tradie Price Index reveals tradie prices in NSW are up 8.4 per cent this quarter, charging on average $62.90 per hour.

So, which tradies "killed it" last financial year?


Plumbers are the most expensive in the state at $83.60 per hour, an 8.6 per cent increase on last quarter.  

Electricians come in second, at $77.50 per hour, a quarterly increase of 4 per cent.

“Housing prices don’t appear to be decreasing, so people are turning to renovation in order to live in their dream home,” says CEO Jeremy Levitt. “Tradies are enjoying the benefits of this renovation surge.”

Builders, at $66.20 per hour, are 8 per cent more expensive than last year, and 18 per cent more expensive than last quarter.

Although NSW Carpenters have seen a yearly drop of 14.5 per cent, they remain some of the most expensive in the country, at $62.10 per hour.

“The renovation frenzy is great news for NSW’s tradies, who will benefit greatly from higher rates,” says Mr Levitt.

Hourly rates are “gross” rates and aside from including the cost of labour, also cover the cost of running the business including insurance, tools, work vehicles, insurance and superannuation.

The prices were derived by comparing a sample of 52,000 quotes submitted during the FY17 Q4 through, the website for getting any job done.

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