The maker of Folgers coffee and Jif peanut butter is adding four treats to its largest division by sales, pet foods. J.M. Smucker Co. is banking on pet products to compensate for consumers trending away from packaged human foods.
Small-business owners Megan and Steve Long have launched a line of beers for canines, building off the success of their bar Henderson Heights. With three different flavors of beer, the duo were unaware how fast the concept would take off, and you can purchase the specially made beer at 15 different bars in Houston.
Dogs with food sensitivities are targets of a line of products from Champion Petfoods that includes two new flavors and three revised formulas. The five ACANA Singles varieties are derived from single-animal proteins, drawn from regionally sourced ingredients and contain 60% meat.
Pets and their owners are promised round-the-clock connection by the makers of the Wagz Explore Smart Collar, which features geofence zones and an invisible leash along with GPS tracking and food monitoring. Coming from Wagz: a smart water bowl and a device to keep pets away from certain areas and pieces of furniture.
Dog groomer Carrie Rowley has served a wide variety of animals in her decade of bringing pet sitting to homes in Elko and Spring Creek, Nev. "You have to be responsible and reliable and willing to work long days in all kinds of weather," says the proprietor of Carrie's Critter Care.
Two legislative proposals aimed at protecting pets are being pushed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. A House bill would make it illegal to leave a cat or dog unattended in a vehicle if it endangers the pet's health, and a Senate measure would require pet stores to provide information about possible problems with animals being purchased.
Tom Colicchio of "Top Chef" has taken on new roles as an adviser to, investor in and user of Made In, a made-in-America stainless steel cookware collection. "Because of their supply chain and because they don't use retailers, they can keep the price low, but the quality is as high as any high-end pot and pan," Colicchio said.
Get It Right has introduced a 12-wire whisk to its product line that comes in child and adult versions. The Ultimate whisk, which has more wires than a standard whisk, is designed to handle both liquefied and thick ingredients.
US independent beauty brands have raised a record $812 million in venture capital funding this year, but VC funds aren't the only option, said angel investor Tina Bou-Saba. Angels invest their own money and they're often the best bet for startups that are past the friends and family stage but not big enough yet for VCs, she said.
The Rimmel London brand has embarked on a (Street) Art of Beauty cross-country tour in the US, featuring a mobile salon staffed by a team of makeup artists. The tour began in Los Angeles over the weekend and will stop in six cities in the West and Southeast.