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NYC Gift Fair Draws Pet Product Exhibitors

Posted: Friday, August 21, 2009, 5:24 p.m., EDT

Yep Yup pet bed
Yep Yup made its debut with a line of pet accessories and products at the New York International Gift Fair. Pictured above, pet bed from the Prominence Collection.
The New York International Gift Fair held its 157th semi-annual event on Aug. 15 to Aug. 20 in New York City. The event, which was held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center and The Show Piers on the Hudson, drew 2,900 exhibitors, including more than a dozen pet product companies.

Among the pet product companies in attendance was Harry Barker, a Charleston, S.C.-based manufacturer of pet accessories and treats. The company introduced a new eco-friendly line called House of Barker at the show. The new line includes toys, blankets, beds and crate pads. Carol Perkins, president and founder of Harry Barker, said the House of Barker line is designed to appeal to the cash-strapped consumer, or as she put it, the “aspirational shopper.”

The show also featured a few newcomers to the pet industry, such as ModProducts and Yep Yup.

ModProducts of New York City displayed its new cat litter box, ModKat, which launched in May. The litter box features a sleek, modern design with an enter/exit access point on the top of the box as opposed to having the opening on the front of the box. The company also debuted a prototype of a more traditional cat litter box that would retail at a lower price point.

Yep Yup of Agoura Hills, Calif., made its debut with a line of pet accessories and home décor products for pet owners. The line includes four product categories: feeding, storage, collars/leashes and decorative home, which includes pet beds. Yep Yup has also launched an iPhone and iPod application called Pet Dossier. The application allows pet owners to keep track of and share pet records.

Other pet product companies that exhibited at the show included Fab Dog Inc., Far Fetched Inc., Lani Dig Your Dog, LittleGifts Inc., Moody Pet Inc., Mascot, Polka Dog Bakery, Retro Pup LLC, Taxi’s Dog Bakery, and Up Country.

Dozens of other companies that attended the show displayed a variety of pet-themed products, such as The Illustrated Cat, a maker of cat art cards. <HOME>

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