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Treats of the Season

It's time to start checking your list and checking it twice to make sure your holiday assortments are complete, with unique must-have gift giving items.


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With Halloween and Thanksgiving upon us, the holiday season is just around the corner. It seems like we just were gearing up for the holidays, but here we go again! Luckily, with all the festivities and family affairs, this is the most favorite time of year for so many.

By now your stores are transitioned to fall product and décor, so it is easy to tweak it for Halloween and then Thanksgiving. It is also time to start checking your list and checking it twice to make sure your holiday assortments are complete, with unique must-have gift giving items. At the same time, check out any last minute quick ship items to round out those Halloween and Thanksgiving assortments.

With Halloween falling on a weekend this year, it is an ideal time to host a spook-tacular Halloween event in your stores. Host a costume contest or parade in front of your store with prizes for the best dog, kid and adult costumes. Inside, continue the party, offering treats for two and four-legged attendees, games for kids and fun decoration. This is also a great time to feature a small corner to preview some of the Christmas/Chanukah/holiday gifts and gears in hopes a few may want to get a jump on the holiday shopping season. Maybe even offer a special to promote some unexpected sales.

Many vendors offer holiday packaging or even special holiday shapes or flavors, making them ideal for gifting.

“Treats” are a key component of the holiday season. A year round favorite in all stores, this key category escalates with the holiday festivities and gift-giving atmosphere. So make sure to offer a good assortment on your selling floor. Many vendors offer holiday packaging or even special holiday shapes or flavors, making them ideal for gifting. Here are some great natural offerings all produced in the USA that you might want to consider.


4 Legz LLC All-Natural Dog Treats
Don’t think all the buzz about GMO-free, organic solutions pertains to humans only. Nope, many consumers are just as concerned for their pets. Kudos to Organic Oscar for addressing this need. The company’s new division, 4 Legz LLC, offers all-natural dog treats. The company specializes in wholesome, organic cookies “made of ingredients you can pronounce!” Made in the USA, the company uses the highest quality human-grade ingredients, such as sweet potato puree, pumpkin puree and mint, that are non-GMO. “We are proud to be one of the first and leading choices for your dog” in respect to GMO-free product. No wheat, corn, processed sugars, preservatives or fillers are used. The company currently offers six unique treats and flavors to pamper your pets with.

Don’t forget to check out Organic Oscar’s fabulous line of shampoos, conditioners, sprays and wipes using all-organic ingredients. Cute packaging too—bone-shaped pump bottles and fun colors. For more information, visit organicoscar.com or 4legz.com.


Aunty Nany’s Gourmet Cookies
Aunty Nany’s Gourmet Cookies offer “affordable variety of highly-palatable dog treats.” They are completely gluten-free, grain-free, made in the USA of 100 percent USA human-grade ingredients. The company’s founders were (in 2009, when it started) and still are dedicated in developing an all-natural treat especially for dogs suffering from mild to moderate allergies. The company put a lot of development and testing to create these healthy treats and even go as far to taste-test on sample groups of dogs of all types and sizes that all have given it a “paws up” review. For more information, visit auntnanys.com.


Nature’s Bits Treats
Nature’s Bits, a division of Old Mill Pet Products, is a relatively new treat on the market that already has many happy pooches gobbling them up. The Connecticut-based company was founded in 2013 by a group of dog lovers set out to use traditional USA and New England values to create treats of simple wholesome nutritious ingredients. The treats are 100 percent sourced and made in the USA, using only the finest natural ingredients including meats, fruits and veggies. Six crunchy and 6 soft mouth-watering treats, including chicken, salmon, duck, beef, bison and peanut, offer a good assortment to offer your consumers. For more information, visit naturesbits.com.


Cloud Star Holiday Treats
Cloud Star is known for a great assortment of holiday treats for dogs. The company, which has been making natural dog treats since 1999, source their all-natural ingredients close to home with all products made in the USA. Customers can choose between a crispier oven-baked cookie or a soft-bake easy-to-chew cookie in either small bite size for small dogs to larger cookies for bigger breeds. During the holidays, the company’s flavor assortment expands by adding seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and gingerbread to merchandise alongside such standards as peanut butter or bacon and cheese. The holiday packaging is in keeping with the season with special packaging featuring winter scenes. The company even offers a big XXL gingerbread bakery-style cookie that is 9 ounces sold 12/case in a holiday display box that is great to feature at the counter for quick impulse buy at the cash register. For more information, visit cloudstar.com.


Until next time, cheers!

Julie@dogandfriends.com

 

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