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Tropiclean fresh breath made easy! is a new generation of safe, natural products designed to make pet oral care exceptionally easy. Retailers can educate their customers on how these four uniquely effective products are designed to promote cleaner, healthier teeth, as well as freshening the breath. The line includes Fresh Breath gel, used for the fight against periodontal disease; Fresh Breath Foam, used for instant fresh breath; Fresh Breath Water Additive, used as a daily maintenance to fight bad breath and periodontal disease; and Fresh Breath Treats, used as a low fat reward while creating fresh breath, the company reports. The suggested retail price for these products ranges from $5.99 for the Treats up to $14.99 for the Gel.

Tropiclean’s Oxy Med products are formulated for ultra soothing results. The produce line includes an Oatmeal Shampoo, Medicated treatment, Anti Itch Spray, and Medicated wipes. The ingredients of alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, vitamins and fatty acids are proven to treat and heal pets’ skin issues including seborrhea, eczema, scaling, hot spots, flaking and fleabite dermatitis in the first application, the company reports. The Oxy Med wipes offer a quick and easy solution for a clean pet, and Oxy Med Treatment conditioner works three times faster than typical medicated shampoos, the company adds.

SPA Lavish Your Pet is formulated to give pets the luxurious skin treatments of a day spa. The company’s scientists have combined the finest botanical plant and flower extracts with natural science to create therapies to enhance a pet’s well being, according to the manufacturer. Now more than ever, pet owners are pampering themselves at day spas--this segment of the market continues to grow at a healthy rate of 25 percent annually—and now retailers, too, can offer luxurious spa treatments to their customers’ pets and increase their profits at the same time, the company adds.

The Basics

Company owners: Don Kassebaum Sr., Don Kassebaum Jr., Darin Kassebaum, Derrik Kassebaum, Denver Kassebaum

Business location: Our manufacturing is based in Wentzville. Mo. Tropiclean is centrally located in the United States to better service our customers with lower overhead in the cost of labor, shipping and cost of property. We operate out of a 45,000-square-foot plant and utilize the latest manufacturing and filling machinery. We have onsite an R&D department, a graphics department and a testing facility.

Number of employees: More than 25 employees full or part time.

Number of years in business: We are celebrating our 30th year in business. We started in the beauty industry in 1970 and have grown to be one of the top, natural grooming product companies in the pet industry.

Year-over-year growth: 20- to 25 percent average growth per year since 2002.

Areas of distribution: Tropiclean is sold throughout 32 countries stretched across six continents. Our products can now be found in more than 14,000 independent pet retailers, used by more than 30,000 USA groomers, sold by 63 USA distributors, 12 major catalogs and many pet industry chain stores.

The Details

How/why company was founded: Cosmos Corporation was established in 1980 to service the liquid application needs of the pet industry. In 1990, Cosmos bought a manufacturing company that had been making products for the beauty care industry since 1963. In 1991, Cosmos launched the Tropiclean line of “natural” pet products. With the knowledge we have gained through the years, we have become one of the leading lines of product year after year. And with the launch of Oxy-Med and SPA, we have helped create two growing categories in the pet industry.

Company motto/mission: When Don Kassebaum Sr. first started the company his main goal was to create a financial flow of income to help the poor and needy. Proverbs 14:31 states, “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” Our mission at Tropiclean is to serve the needs of the needy.

Company culture (What makes you special? company pets, foundation support, community work, etc.): We are dedicated to helping the needy around the world. With every purchase of the product, people’s lives are being bettered and their needs are being met. Tropiclean sets a high standard of excellence in packaging, products and service to both our customers and the needs of others.

Greatest opportunity: Our greatest opportunity is developing new products that help the well-being of the family pet.

Biggest challenge: Because we are an industry leader, we are constantly coming out with new ideas in products or marketing, our biggest challenge is knowing which one to implement first and creating the best plan of attack to help launch that program.

Company product categories: Tropiclean natural pet grooming products include shampoos, conditioners, colognes and deodorizers that leave a pet’s coat soft, shiny and naturally clean. All Tropiclean products are formulated with a minimum of 70 percent organic ingredients. Our latest commitment to natural sourcing and sustainability is new “green” packaging. The 20-oz. bottles are made from 50 percent recycled material with the label being made from Ingeo, an ingenious biopolymer made from corn (not oil), making them 100 percent recyclable, natural and renewable. All the bottles and products are produced 100 percent in the United States and are environmentally safe.

Key to company’s success: Our company is built on hard work and hard prayer. A man once told the Tropiclean leaders that, little by little, they would make it grow. They were also told that you should work as it all depends on you and pray as though it all depends on God. Hard work and God’s favor of blessing has put Tropiclean were we are today. <HOME>

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