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Welcome to the Glenkrag blog, we aim to keep you as informed as possible with the latest news, views and reviews, of products, website updates and anything else which is relevent to our trade.

Added: 24/8/2015
Introducing our Mobile Friendly Website
To keep up with shifting trends in internet usage we have designed a mobile friendly version of our website to make it even easier to browse products, order products and now even show products to your customers all from your mobile or tablet.

Some key benefits
- Our mobile site has been designed to be minimalistic to reduce page sizes, loading times and data usage
- Our mobile site fits to the width of your devices screen, no more scrolling left and right to read text if you`ve been using our desktop site on your phone
- Our mobile site is integrated with our desktop site, you can add an item to your basket on your phone and it will be in your basket on your desktop computer ideal for adding items on the move and your remember them.
- Our mobile site has a "hide pricing" feature*, ideal for showing your customer an item on your phone or tablet without them seeing your costs.
- Our mobile site has a touchscreen friendly interface to make it as easy as possible to navigate the website

We know that the last thing anyone needs when they are trying to rush an order is to have an enforced change of the website they are used to, so rather than us redirect your phone or tablet to the mobile site, here is the address to of our mobile website and you can try it and bookmark it at your own leisure. To visit out mobile friendly site go to http://m.glenkrag.co.uk on your phone or tablet.

* To use the "Hide Pricing" feature, go to the home page of the mobile website and click on "Click Here to Hide/ Show Pricing" link at the bottom of the page, to turn pricing back on visit the page again.

Visit Our Mobile Site Here
[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 23/03/2015
Facebook Competition
Between 23/03/15 and 03/04/15 we will post a cryptic picture each working day which will be referring to one of our products on our facebook page, to enter the competition you need to put the clues together in order to guess what the product is that the image refers to.

When you think you`ve got the answer then send us a private message on facebook with your answer for the day including your store name and you will be entered into a draw to win the tank at the top of the page at the end of the competition!

The Rules Are Simple:
- The competition is only open to Glenkrag Trade customers and their staff (who have liked our page!).
- Answers must be given as a private message on Facebook, not as a reply to the competition posts (otherwise everyone will get the answer right away!).
- One entry per person per picture caption. The competition runs for 10 days with a new picture each day, so if you`re very clever and answer correctly each day it`s possible for you to have a total of 10 entries in our competition to win!
- One winner will be drawn at random at the end of the competition from all of the correct entries over the 10 days
Visit Our Facebook Page
[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 14/01/2015
Winter Essentials fro Dogs
As many parts of the country would have woken up this morning to snow or frost on the ground having experienced near or below freezing temperatures it's worth taking a moment to stop and think about the needs of our pets in the cold weather and whether you have them in your store to sell, here are some winter essentials to consider for your store.

Dog Coats – In recent years there has been an increase in the sales of dog coats and I notice more and more people walking dogs with coats on, whether it's toy dogs with fashion coats, working dog with wax jackets or urban dogs with warmth coats on it seems to be a more common sight these days.

Hi Viz Products – There is a pretty simple message when it comes to road safety in the dark winter mornings and nights, "Be Safe, Be Seen". There is now a wide range of hi viz or reflective products available, from collars, leads, safety wasitcoats, coats with hi viz flashes on them all of which will improve the visibility of your dog in the dark.

Kennel Add Ons – With temperatures dropping to below freezing at times over the course of the winter, if you’ve an outside dog it's worth spending that wee bit extra to help keep them warm. Draft excluders are available for our EcoChoice range and some of our wooden kennels and the Cosy Crib is an excellent add on to improve the insulation of the Wooden Flat Roof Kennels. (Watch Out for Offers on the Wooden Kennels on our New Promotions – Starting Monday 19th)

Heat Pads – Ancol produce a very popular range of self heating pads, they are a soft bed on the outside which contains a reflective pad on the inside which reflects the dogs heat back to them, much in the same way an emergency survival blanket works. Snugglessafe and Petlife also do Microwavable heat pads, which as the description suggests can be heated in the Microwave and continue to store and radiate the heat for quite some time afterwards. These are all great products if you’ve an outside dog in a kennel or even a house dog sleeping on a cold floor or in a cold room within the house. While heat pads could be seen as a luxury to add heat, a bed or mattress would be seen as an essential.

Pet Wipes – With the cold weather, the frost, the ice, the snow, comes substances dangerous to dogs used to combat it, roads are salted and de-icer is used to clear cars. De-icer can be deadly to dogs, if they are walked through areas where de-icer may have been used it can transfer to their paws and when they get home you can be sure they’ll be licking their paws and can cause them to become very sick and even be fatal. Road salt can also irritate their paws and cause infection. It's essential if you’ve had you’re dog out in areas where de-icer or salt may have been used that you clean their paws when you get in before they do it themselves, either with a quick wash of their paws or using paw or giving them a good clean with pet wipes.


[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 16/12/2014
Trio of Long Service Presentations
It has become a Glenkrag Christmas tradition in recent years that the company awards a watch for long serving staff who have reached 21 years of continuous service.

Up until this year there had been five people who have passed this milestone, Ewan Cahoon, Gerry McGonigle, Jim Stewart, Sammy Blakely and Mark Hutchinson.

Earlier this year Henry Taylor passed the 21 years service mark and today he was recognised with many of the staff of the company gathering in reception for a presentation from the Managing Director, Jack McCready. In Henry's time in the company he has been a popular character in the warehouse and his duties have fulfilled several roles including picking orders, handling customer returns and now makes up our popular Goldfish bowl kits.

With the company gathered in reception for Henry's presentation, two further members of staff were surprised when they were recognised for their service to the company. Both Don Patterson and Brian Cahill have been with the company for a total of 25 years service each and were also awarded with watch for their long service. Don and Brian have been at the heart of the goods out side of the warehouse since Don was sixteen and Brian had long hair!

The company would like to extend their thanks to all three members of staff.

[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 7/11/14
Facebook Competition Time
Win 24 Metallic Giraffe Dog Toys, Worth a total of £144/ €216 @ RRP

To Enter: Take a picture of your In-Store or Window Christmas Product display and post it as a reply to the "Competition Time" post on our facebook page.

On the 20th of November we will draw a winner at random.

The small print: Competition is only open to Glenkrag Trade Customers
Entries will be deemed to be on behalf of your store and it's your store which will receive the free stock.
Free stock will be sent on your next delivery following the draw.
All Entries must be received by 12 noon on Thursday 20th of November
Visit Our Facebook Page
[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 28/10/2014
Natures Menu - Why Choose RAW?
Where did raw feeding originate?

Dogs, cats and other animals have eaten raw, uncooked food since the dawn of evolution. Some eat a raw plant based diet others eat a raw meat based diet, others eat a little of both. Cats began living alongside humans due to their practical ability to catch rodents. Cats are nature's original hunter and true carnivores. They have evolved to function on a catch, kill and eat rather than a sustained grazing style diet that a herbivore would choose. Dogs began living alongside humans as scavengers and due to their practical ability to clear food rubbish and to offer certain scent work, hunting work and companionship abilities. Dog's have evolved with humans on a diet of predominantly raw meats and meaty bones of the prey they hunted, plus our leftovers of cooked vegetables, certain fruits, certain herbs and certain soluble grains such as the more ancient grains of oats or wholegrain rice.

Who might the raw diet be the most suitable for?

Today many pet owners are looking for healthier, freshly prepared diets for their pets. Just as they now look more closely at their own diet and food choices. They are interested and open to learn more about natural diets that can nourish their pets and help with common health concerns, general well-being and perhaps be more palatable to their pet. Pet owners are actually asking about natural diets and questioning the labelling and terms used on packaging. They are becoming aware of other ways of feeding such as Raw Feeding. Curiosity about the Raw Feeding choice is continually growing as consumers become more aware and informed about their pets food. Pet stores now need to provide a reputable, experienced raw food brand presence in store to make the most of this fast growing sector within the pet food industry.
Natures Menu receive many feedback comments every day informing them of the various experiences of feeding their foods. Below are some of the commonly reported benefits they are told. They are also, especially for the raw diet itself, the same reported benefits that have been consistently noted and talked about for the last 30 years Natures Menu have been supplying the pet foods.

Reports of:
* Fresher breath, cleaner whiter teeth
* More stable energy - less hyperactivity
* Improved internal organ function reported improvements in conditions such as pancreatitis or kidney issues
* Easier to digest, sensitive stomachs improve
* Reduction of allergies and intolerances
* Increase in appetite - even in cats!
* Clears up anal gland issues
* Less flatulence
* Conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy reportedly needing less medication
* Inflammatory issues such as skin conditions or joint inflammation reduce
* Older pets have more energy
* Stools are harder, smell less and much easier to pick up
* Fussy Pets seem to really take to the real meat products and are often the only food a Fussy Pet will eat

Customers whose dogs or cats suffer from any of the health issues mentioned above may benefit from switching their pet over to a raw diet. Many pets also show these improvements by switching onto Natures Menu steam cooked pouches, but for most the real difference comes from switching to the raw foods. Natures Menu recognise that they cannot claim that their foods can be used to treat, prevent or cure any disease however with these commonly reported benefits being so remarkable they have decided to set up a raw food research team. The aim of this being to try to establish the science underlying these benefits and what it is about the raw diet that appears to make such a difference to so many pets.

Why Natures Menu?

Natures Menu have over 33 years experience of creating raw pet foods. They were established in 1981 and still remain a family business to date. They have outstanding microbiological protocols, making the safety of the food paramount. They are the only brand able to ensure that the raw food stays frozen throughout all manufacturing processes and storage. They provide the only Fediaf (European Pet Food Industry) registered Complete and Balanced raw meals on the market. Wherever possible they use all British and mostly all Norfolk locally produced ingredients. They even use Free Range chicken in their adult complete and balanced range. The complete meals they create are fully balanced in protein and fat levels. The unique nuggets style raw meals are the easiest and most practical to offer a busy time savvy consumer.
Natures Menu's ambient range of tins and pouches are one of very few raw packed ranges. Natures Menu is the leading company in the UK dedicated to research and development of raw frozen foods and raw food diets for dogs and cats. Their raw food research team is the first of its kind in Europe, pioneering nutritional and scientific studies on raw diet and their benefits for dogs and cats. In addition we strive to understand and research the consumer market for you the retailer, to make sure you are kept up to date with the latest findings and knowledge within the raw pet food industry.

Q. How do you switch a cat onto the Natures Menu raw cat food?
A. The key point is to do this gradually. It is also much easier to transition cats from wet food to raw than it is from dry food to raw. Natures Menu have a dedicated Cat transition Guide for Cat owners. Very few cats can be simply moved onto this product with immediate success and do need care and transition.

Q. How do you switch a dog onto the Natures Menu raw foods?
A. Dogs most of the time can simply be switched straight over to the raw food, day to day or meal to meal. If the dog has a sensitive stomach day to day transition is important. Dogs are more sensitive the grain based foods and do not react in the same way to raw meats, unless they have a confirmed allergy to a meat type. Occasionally a dog will not take to the product immediately and will need a slower transition but usually the palatability is enough to appeal to them.
View the Natures Menu Range
[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 9/10/2014
New Website Now Online!
Our new website is now live featuring all the good bits of the last one as well as many improvements and new features.
Here is a run through on what's new or improved.

Order in Singles
We've listened to your feedback and one of the biggest changes to the new website is that you can now order single items from packs, previously if you wanted to buy a split pack of any product you couldn't, but we've added the ability to order packs and/ or singles on the new website.

Improved Search bar
We found it quite annoying when you typed a term into the search bar and it didn't fit, so we've moved the search bar to the top of the screen and made it bigger.

Improved Password Recovery
Something we anticipate will be much used in the coming days is the improved password recovery, if you've forgotten your login details simply go to the login link in the top right then follow the link to reset your password and enter your registered e-mail address and your login details will be reset and sent to you.

Shop by Brand
We've added a new feature to the website so you can shop by brand. Click on "Shop by Brand" on the menu and then navigate through the brands we carry and you can view just the products from that brand.

Improved Favourites
We've added additional features to the Favourite items page making it even easier to store and quickly order your favourite items.

Viewing the Blog
We've moved our blog, previously the blog could only be accessed once you'd logged into the website, now you can read it without logging in.

New Deal Navigation
If there is more than one item on any given deal on our special offers you can now navigate to the product and then click on the "see other products on this deal" link and it will show you the other products on the deal in a format which is easy to order.

We've also kept all of the previous features and tried to keep the layout as close as possible to the previous site to make the transition as smooth as possible.


[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 6/10/14
New Website Coming This Week
It’s been a long time in the pipeline and now our new website is just days away from launch. We’ve taken on board as much customer feedback as we could squeeze into the site and added and enhanced many of our own ideas to improve the website.
We’ll not bore you now with buzzwords and balderdash, but we think you’ll find it was worth the wait.

Later on this week there will be a small amount of downtime for the website while we swap everything across onto the new site, your order history, favourite items, user details and anything currently in your shopping basket will all be transferred into the new site.

If you are automatically logged into the current website you will need to login again to the new one, so we recommend you have a look at your username and if needs be change your password so that you know your username and password combination to login to the new site when it becomes live.

Keep an eye on our social media feeds on facebook and twitter for further information about the downtime and launch information.

[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
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Carrickfergus| Co. Antrim | Northern Ireland
Tel: 0(044)2893 351 491 | Fax: 0(044) 2893 351920
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Added: 24/8/2015
Introducing our Mobile Friendly Website
To keep up with shifting trends in internet usage we have designed a mobile friendly version of our website to make it even easier to browse products, order products and now even show products to your customers all from your mobile or tablet.

Some key benefits
- Our mobile site has been designed to be minimalistic to reduce page sizes, loading times and data usage
- Our mobile site fits to the width of your devices screen, no more scrolling left and right to read text if you`ve been using our desktop site on your phone
- Our mobile site is integrated with our desktop site, you can add an item to your basket on your phone and it will be in your basket on your desktop computer ideal for adding items on the move and your remember them.
- Our mobile site has a "hide pricing" feature*, ideal for showing your customer an item on your phone or tablet without them seeing your costs.
- Our mobile site has a touchscreen friendly interface to make it as easy as possible to navigate the website

We know that the last thing anyone needs when they are trying to rush an order is to have an enforced change of the website they are used to, so rather than us redirect your phone or tablet to the mobile site, here is the address to of our mobile website and you can try it and bookmark it at your own leisure. To visit out mobile friendly site go to http://m.glenkrag.co.uk on your phone or tablet.

* To use the "Hide Pricing" feature, go to the home page of the mobile website and click on "Click Here to Hide/ Show Pricing" link at the bottom of the page, to turn pricing back on visit the page again.

Visit Our Mobile Site Here
[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 23/03/2015
Facebook Competition
Between 23/03/15 and 03/04/15 we will post a cryptic picture each working day which will be referring to one of our products on our facebook page, to enter the competition you need to put the clues together in order to guess what the product is that the image refers to.

When you think you`ve got the answer then send us a private message on facebook with your answer for the day including your store name and you will be entered into a draw to win the tank at the top of the page at the end of the competition!

The Rules Are Simple:
- The competition is only open to Glenkrag Trade customers and their staff (who have liked our page!).
- Answers must be given as a private message on Facebook, not as a reply to the competition posts (otherwise everyone will get the answer right away!).
- One entry per person per picture caption. The competition runs for 10 days with a new picture each day, so if you`re very clever and answer correctly each day it`s possible for you to have a total of 10 entries in our competition to win!
- One winner will be drawn at random at the end of the competition from all of the correct entries over the 10 days
Visit Our Facebook Page
[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 14/01/2015
Winter Essentials fro Dogs
As many parts of the country would have woken up this morning to snow or frost on the ground having experienced near or below freezing temperatures it's worth taking a moment to stop and think about the needs of our pets in the cold weather and whether you have them in your store to sell, here are some winter essentials to consider for your store.

Dog Coats – In recent years there has been an increase in the sales of dog coats and I notice more and more people walking dogs with coats on, whether it's toy dogs with fashion coats, working dog with wax jackets or urban dogs with warmth coats on it seems to be a more common sight these days.

Hi Viz Products – There is a pretty simple message when it comes to road safety in the dark winter mornings and nights, "Be Safe, Be Seen". There is now a wide range of hi viz or reflective products available, from collars, leads, safety wasitcoats, coats with hi viz flashes on them all of which will improve the visibility of your dog in the dark.

Kennel Add Ons – With temperatures dropping to below freezing at times over the course of the winter, if you’ve an outside dog it's worth spending that wee bit extra to help keep them warm. Draft excluders are available for our EcoChoice range and some of our wooden kennels and the Cosy Crib is an excellent add on to improve the insulation of the Wooden Flat Roof Kennels. (Watch Out for Offers on the Wooden Kennels on our New Promotions – Starting Monday 19th)

Heat Pads – Ancol produce a very popular range of self heating pads, they are a soft bed on the outside which contains a reflective pad on the inside which reflects the dogs heat back to them, much in the same way an emergency survival blanket works. Snugglessafe and Petlife also do Microwavable heat pads, which as the description suggests can be heated in the Microwave and continue to store and radiate the heat for quite some time afterwards. These are all great products if you’ve an outside dog in a kennel or even a house dog sleeping on a cold floor or in a cold room within the house. While heat pads could be seen as a luxury to add heat, a bed or mattress would be seen as an essential.

Pet Wipes – With the cold weather, the frost, the ice, the snow, comes substances dangerous to dogs used to combat it, roads are salted and de-icer is used to clear cars. De-icer can be deadly to dogs, if they are walked through areas where de-icer may have been used it can transfer to their paws and when they get home you can be sure they’ll be licking their paws and can cause them to become very sick and even be fatal. Road salt can also irritate their paws and cause infection. It's essential if you’ve had you’re dog out in areas where de-icer or salt may have been used that you clean their paws when you get in before they do it themselves, either with a quick wash of their paws or using paw or giving them a good clean with pet wipes.


[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 16/12/2014
Trio of Long Service Presentations
It has become a Glenkrag Christmas tradition in recent years that the company awards a watch for long serving staff who have reached 21 years of continuous service.

Up until this year there had been five people who have passed this milestone, Ewan Cahoon, Gerry McGonigle, Jim Stewart, Sammy Blakely and Mark Hutchinson.

Earlier this year Henry Taylor passed the 21 years service mark and today he was recognised with many of the staff of the company gathering in reception for a presentation from the Managing Director, Jack McCready. In Henry's time in the company he has been a popular character in the warehouse and his duties have fulfilled several roles including picking orders, handling customer returns and now makes up our popular Goldfish bowl kits.

With the company gathered in reception for Henry's presentation, two further members of staff were surprised when they were recognised for their service to the company. Both Don Patterson and Brian Cahill have been with the company for a total of 25 years service each and were also awarded with watch for their long service. Don and Brian have been at the heart of the goods out side of the warehouse since Don was sixteen and Brian had long hair!

The company would like to extend their thanks to all three members of staff.

[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 7/11/14
Facebook Competition Time
Win 24 Metallic Giraffe Dog Toys, Worth a total of £144/ €216 @ RRP

To Enter: Take a picture of your In-Store or Window Christmas Product display and post it as a reply to the "Competition Time" post on our facebook page.

On the 20th of November we will draw a winner at random.

The small print: Competition is only open to Glenkrag Trade Customers
Entries will be deemed to be on behalf of your store and it's your store which will receive the free stock.
Free stock will be sent on your next delivery following the draw.
All Entries must be received by 12 noon on Thursday 20th of November
Visit Our Facebook Page
[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 28/10/2014
Natures Menu - Why Choose RAW?
Where did raw feeding originate?

Dogs, cats and other animals have eaten raw, uncooked food since the dawn of evolution. Some eat a raw plant based diet others eat a raw meat based diet, others eat a little of both. Cats began living alongside humans due to their practical ability to catch rodents. Cats are nature's original hunter and true carnivores. They have evolved to function on a catch, kill and eat rather than a sustained grazing style diet that a herbivore would choose. Dogs began living alongside humans as scavengers and due to their practical ability to clear food rubbish and to offer certain scent work, hunting work and companionship abilities. Dog's have evolved with humans on a diet of predominantly raw meats and meaty bones of the prey they hunted, plus our leftovers of cooked vegetables, certain fruits, certain herbs and certain soluble grains such as the more ancient grains of oats or wholegrain rice.

Who might the raw diet be the most suitable for?

Today many pet owners are looking for healthier, freshly prepared diets for their pets. Just as they now look more closely at their own diet and food choices. They are interested and open to learn more about natural diets that can nourish their pets and help with common health concerns, general well-being and perhaps be more palatable to their pet. Pet owners are actually asking about natural diets and questioning the labelling and terms used on packaging. They are becoming aware of other ways of feeding such as Raw Feeding. Curiosity about the Raw Feeding choice is continually growing as consumers become more aware and informed about their pets food. Pet stores now need to provide a reputable, experienced raw food brand presence in store to make the most of this fast growing sector within the pet food industry.
Natures Menu receive many feedback comments every day informing them of the various experiences of feeding their foods. Below are some of the commonly reported benefits they are told. They are also, especially for the raw diet itself, the same reported benefits that have been consistently noted and talked about for the last 30 years Natures Menu have been supplying the pet foods.

Reports of:
* Fresher breath, cleaner whiter teeth
* More stable energy - less hyperactivity
* Improved internal organ function reported improvements in conditions such as pancreatitis or kidney issues
* Easier to digest, sensitive stomachs improve
* Reduction of allergies and intolerances
* Increase in appetite - even in cats!
* Clears up anal gland issues
* Less flatulence
* Conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy reportedly needing less medication
* Inflammatory issues such as skin conditions or joint inflammation reduce
* Older pets have more energy
* Stools are harder, smell less and much easier to pick up
* Fussy Pets seem to really take to the real meat products and are often the only food a Fussy Pet will eat

Customers whose dogs or cats suffer from any of the health issues mentioned above may benefit from switching their pet over to a raw diet. Many pets also show these improvements by switching onto Natures Menu steam cooked pouches, but for most the real difference comes from switching to the raw foods. Natures Menu recognise that they cannot claim that their foods can be used to treat, prevent or cure any disease however with these commonly reported benefits being so remarkable they have decided to set up a raw food research team. The aim of this being to try to establish the science underlying these benefits and what it is about the raw diet that appears to make such a difference to so many pets.

Why Natures Menu?

Natures Menu have over 33 years experience of creating raw pet foods. They were established in 1981 and still remain a family business to date. They have outstanding microbiological protocols, making the safety of the food paramount. They are the only brand able to ensure that the raw food stays frozen throughout all manufacturing processes and storage. They provide the only Fediaf (European Pet Food Industry) registered Complete and Balanced raw meals on the market. Wherever possible they use all British and mostly all Norfolk locally produced ingredients. They even use Free Range chicken in their adult complete and balanced range. The complete meals they create are fully balanced in protein and fat levels. The unique nuggets style raw meals are the easiest and most practical to offer a busy time savvy consumer.
Natures Menu's ambient range of tins and pouches are one of very few raw packed ranges. Natures Menu is the leading company in the UK dedicated to research and development of raw frozen foods and raw food diets for dogs and cats. Their raw food research team is the first of its kind in Europe, pioneering nutritional and scientific studies on raw diet and their benefits for dogs and cats. In addition we strive to understand and research the consumer market for you the retailer, to make sure you are kept up to date with the latest findings and knowledge within the raw pet food industry.

Q. How do you switch a cat onto the Natures Menu raw cat food?
A. The key point is to do this gradually. It is also much easier to transition cats from wet food to raw than it is from dry food to raw. Natures Menu have a dedicated Cat transition Guide for Cat owners. Very few cats can be simply moved onto this product with immediate success and do need care and transition.

Q. How do you switch a dog onto the Natures Menu raw foods?
A. Dogs most of the time can simply be switched straight over to the raw food, day to day or meal to meal. If the dog has a sensitive stomach day to day transition is important. Dogs are more sensitive the grain based foods and do not react in the same way to raw meats, unless they have a confirmed allergy to a meat type. Occasionally a dog will not take to the product immediately and will need a slower transition but usually the palatability is enough to appeal to them.
View the Natures Menu Range
[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 9/10/2014
New Website Now Online!
Our new website is now live featuring all the good bits of the last one as well as many improvements and new features.
Here is a run through on what's new or improved.

Order in Singles
We've listened to your feedback and one of the biggest changes to the new website is that you can now order single items from packs, previously if you wanted to buy a split pack of any product you couldn't, but we've added the ability to order packs and/ or singles on the new website.

Improved Search bar
We found it quite annoying when you typed a term into the search bar and it didn't fit, so we've moved the search bar to the top of the screen and made it bigger.

Improved Password Recovery
Something we anticipate will be much used in the coming days is the improved password recovery, if you've forgotten your login details simply go to the login link in the top right then follow the link to reset your password and enter your registered e-mail address and your login details will be reset and sent to you.

Shop by Brand
We've added a new feature to the website so you can shop by brand. Click on "Shop by Brand" on the menu and then navigate through the brands we carry and you can view just the products from that brand.

Improved Favourites
We've added additional features to the Favourite items page making it even easier to store and quickly order your favourite items.

Viewing the Blog
We've moved our blog, previously the blog could only be accessed once you'd logged into the website, now you can read it without logging in.

New Deal Navigation
If there is more than one item on any given deal on our special offers you can now navigate to the product and then click on the "see other products on this deal" link and it will show you the other products on the deal in a format which is easy to order.

We've also kept all of the previous features and tried to keep the layout as close as possible to the previous site to make the transition as smooth as possible.


[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
Added: 6/10/14
New Website Coming This Week
It’s been a long time in the pipeline and now our new website is just days away from launch. We’ve taken on board as much customer feedback as we could squeeze into the site and added and enhanced many of our own ideas to improve the website.
We’ll not bore you now with buzzwords and balderdash, but we think you’ll find it was worth the wait.

Later on this week there will be a small amount of downtime for the website while we swap everything across onto the new site, your order history, favourite items, user details and anything currently in your shopping basket will all be transferred into the new site.

If you are automatically logged into the current website you will need to login again to the new one, so we recommend you have a look at your username and if needs be change your password so that you know your username and password combination to login to the new site when it becomes live.

Keep an eye on our social media feeds on facebook and twitter for further information about the downtime and launch information.

[Click Here to Open Printable Version of this Blog]

 
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© Glenkrag Ltd 2017
Unit 7e Kilroot Business Park | Larne Road
Carrickfergus| Co. Antrim | Northern Ireland
Tel: 0(044)2893 351 491 | Fax: 0(044) 2893 351920
24/7 CCTV is used on our premises for the safety of our staff and customers and crime prevention

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Welcome to the Glenkrag blog, we aim to keep you as informed as possible with the latest news, views and reviews, of products, website updates and anything else which is relevent to our trade.

Added: 24/8/2015
Introducing our Mobile Friendly Website
To keep up with shifting trends in internet usage we have designed a mobile friendly version of our website to make it even easier to browse products, order products and now even show products to your customers all from your mobile or tablet.

Some key benefits
- Our mobile site has been designed to be minimalistic to reduce page sizes, loading times and data usage
- Our mobile site fits to the width of your devices screen, no more scrolling left and right to read text if you`ve been using our desktop site on your phone
- Our mobile site is integrated with our desktop site, you can add an item to your basket on your phone and it will be in your basket on your desktop computer ideal for adding items on the move and your remember them.
- Our mobile site has a "hide pricing" feature*, ideal for showing your customer an item on your phone or tablet without them seeing your costs.
- Our mobile site has a touchscreen friendly interface to make it as easy as possible to navigate the website

We know that the last thing anyone needs when they are trying to rush an order is to have an enforced change of the website they are used to, so rather than us redirect your phone or tablet to the mobile site, here is the address to of our mobile website and you can try it and bookmark it at your own leisure. To visit out mobile friendly site go to http://m.glenkrag.co.uk on your phone or tablet.

* To use the "Hide Pricing" feature, go to the home page of the mobile website and click on "Click Here to Hide/ Show Pricing" link at the bottom of the page, to turn pricing back on visit the page again.

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Added: 23/03/2015
Facebook Competition
Between 23/03/15 and 03/04/15 we will post a cryptic picture each working day which will be referring to one of our products on our facebook page, to enter the competition you need to put the clues together in order to guess what the product is that the image refers to.

When you think you`ve got the answer then send us a private message on facebook with your answer for the day including your store name and you will be entered into a draw to win the tank at the top of the page at the end of the competition!

The Rules Are Simple:
- The competition is only open to Glenkrag Trade customers and their staff (who have liked our page!).
- Answers must be given as a private message on Facebook, not as a reply to the competition posts (otherwise everyone will get the answer right away!).
- One entry per person per picture caption. The competition runs for 10 days with a new picture each day, so if you`re very clever and answer correctly each day it`s possible for you to have a total of 10 entries in our competition to win!
- One winner will be drawn at random at the end of the competition from all of the correct entries over the 10 days
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Added: 14/01/2015
Winter Essentials fro Dogs
As many parts of the country would have woken up this morning to snow or frost on the ground having experienced near or below freezing temperatures it's worth taking a moment to stop and think about the needs of our pets in the cold weather and whether you have them in your store to sell, here are some winter essentials to consider for your store.

Dog Coats – In recent years there has been an increase in the sales of dog coats and I notice more and more people walking dogs with coats on, whether it's toy dogs with fashion coats, working dog with wax jackets or urban dogs with warmth coats on it seems to be a more common sight these days.

Hi Viz Products – There is a pretty simple message when it comes to road safety in the dark winter mornings and nights, "Be Safe, Be Seen". There is now a wide range of hi viz or reflective products available, from collars, leads, safety wasitcoats, coats with hi viz flashes on them all of which will improve the visibility of your dog in the dark.

Kennel Add Ons – With temperatures dropping to below freezing at times over the course of the winter, if you’ve an outside dog it's worth spending that wee bit extra to help keep them warm. Draft excluders are available for our EcoChoice range and some of our wooden kennels and the Cosy Crib is an excellent add on to improve the insulation of the Wooden Flat Roof Kennels. (Watch Out for Offers on the Wooden Kennels on our New Promotions – Starting Monday 19th)

Heat Pads – Ancol produce a very popular range of self heating pads, they are a soft bed on the outside which contains a reflective pad on the inside which reflects the dogs heat back to them, much in the same way an emergency survival blanket works. Snugglessafe and Petlife also do Microwavable heat pads, which as the description suggests can be heated in the Microwave and continue to store and radiate the heat for quite some time afterwards. These are all great products if you’ve an outside dog in a kennel or even a house dog sleeping on a cold floor or in a cold room within the house. While heat pads could be seen as a luxury to add heat, a bed or mattress would be seen as an essential.

Pet Wipes – With the cold weather, the frost, the ice, the snow, comes substances dangerous to dogs used to combat it, roads are salted and de-icer is used to clear cars. De-icer can be deadly to dogs, if they are walked through areas where de-icer may have been used it can transfer to their paws and when they get home you can be sure they’ll be licking their paws and can cause them to become very sick and even be fatal. Road salt can also irritate their paws and cause infection. It's essential if you’ve had you’re dog out in areas where de-icer or salt may have been used that you clean their paws when you get in before they do it themselves, either with a quick wash of their paws or using paw or giving them a good clean with pet wipes.


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Added: 16/12/2014
Trio of Long Service Presentations
It has become a Glenkrag Christmas tradition in recent years that the company awards a watch for long serving staff who have reached 21 years of continuous service.

Up until this year there had been five people who have passed this milestone, Ewan Cahoon, Gerry McGonigle, Jim Stewart, Sammy Blakely and Mark Hutchinson.

Earlier this year Henry Taylor passed the 21 years service mark and today he was recognised with many of the staff of the company gathering in reception for a presentation from the Managing Director, Jack McCready. In Henry's time in the company he has been a popular character in the warehouse and his duties have fulfilled several roles including picking orders, handling customer returns and now makes up our popular Goldfish bowl kits.

With the company gathered in reception for Henry's presentation, two further members of staff were surprised when they were recognised for their service to the company. Both Don Patterson and Brian Cahill have been with the company for a total of 25 years service each and were also awarded with watch for their long service. Don and Brian have been at the heart of the goods out side of the warehouse since Don was sixteen and Brian had long hair!

The company would like to extend their thanks to all three members of staff.

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Added: 7/11/14
Facebook Competition Time
Win 24 Metallic Giraffe Dog Toys, Worth a total of £144/ €216 @ RRP

To Enter: Take a picture of your In-Store or Window Christmas Product display and post it as a reply to the "Competition Time" post on our facebook page.

On the 20th of November we will draw a winner at random.

The small print: Competition is only open to Glenkrag Trade Customers
Entries will be deemed to be on behalf of your store and it's your store which will receive the free stock.
Free stock will be sent on your next delivery following the draw.
All Entries must be received by 12 noon on Thursday 20th of November
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Added: 28/10/2014
Natures Menu - Why Choose RAW?
Where did raw feeding originate?

Dogs, cats and other animals have eaten raw, uncooked food since the dawn of evolution. Some eat a raw plant based diet others eat a raw meat based diet, others eat a little of both. Cats began living alongside humans due to their practical ability to catch rodents. Cats are nature's original hunter and true carnivores. They have evolved to function on a catch, kill and eat rather than a sustained grazing style diet that a herbivore would choose. Dogs began living alongside humans as scavengers and due to their practical ability to clear food rubbish and to offer certain scent work, hunting work and companionship abilities. Dog's have evolved with humans on a diet of predominantly raw meats and meaty bones of the prey they hunted, plus our leftovers of cooked vegetables, certain fruits, certain herbs and certain soluble grains such as the more ancient grains of oats or wholegrain rice.

Who might the raw diet be the most suitable for?

Today many pet owners are looking for healthier, freshly prepared diets for their pets. Just as they now look more closely at their own diet and food choices. They are interested and open to learn more about natural diets that can nourish their pets and help with common health concerns, general well-being and perhaps be more palatable to their pet. Pet owners are actually asking about natural diets and questioning the labelling and terms used on packaging. They are becoming aware of other ways of feeding such as Raw Feeding. Curiosity about the Raw Feeding choice is continually growing as consumers become more aware and informed about their pets food. Pet stores now need to provide a reputable, experienced raw food brand presence in store to make the most of this fast growing sector within the pet food industry.
Natures Menu receive many feedback comments every day informing them of the various experiences of feeding their foods. Below are some of the commonly reported benefits they are told. They are also, especially for the raw diet itself, the same reported benefits that have been consistently noted and talked about for the last 30 years Natures Menu have been supplying the pet foods.

Reports of:
* Fresher breath, cleaner whiter teeth
* More stable energy - less hyperactivity
* Improved internal organ function reported improvements in conditions such as pancreatitis or kidney issues
* Easier to digest, sensitive stomachs improve
* Reduction of allergies and intolerances
* Increase in appetite - even in cats!
* Clears up anal gland issues
* Less flatulence
* Conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy reportedly needing less medication
* Inflammatory issues such as skin conditions or joint inflammation reduce
* Older pets have more energy
* Stools are harder, smell less and much easier to pick up
* Fussy Pets seem to really take to the real meat products and are often the only food a Fussy Pet will eat

Customers whose dogs or cats suffer from any of the health issues mentioned above may benefit from switching their pet over to a raw diet. Many pets also show these improvements by switching onto Natures Menu steam cooked pouches, but for most the real difference comes from switching to the raw foods. Natures Menu recognise that they cannot claim that their foods can be used to treat, prevent or cure any disease however with these commonly reported benefits being so remarkable they have decided to set up a raw food research team. The aim of this being to try to establish the science underlying these benefits and what it is about the raw diet that appears to make such a difference to so many pets.

Why Natures Menu?

Natures Menu have over 33 years experience of creating raw pet foods. They were established in 1981 and still remain a family business to date. They have outstanding microbiological protocols, making the safety of the food paramount. They are the only brand able to ensure that the raw food stays frozen throughout all manufacturing processes and storage. They provide the only Fediaf (European Pet Food Industry) registered Complete and Balanced raw meals on the market. Wherever possible they use all British and mostly all Norfolk locally produced ingredients. They even use Free Range chicken in their adult complete and balanced range. The complete meals they create are fully balanced in protein and fat levels. The unique nuggets style raw meals are the easiest and most practical to offer a busy time savvy consumer.
Natures Menu's ambient range of tins and pouches are one of very few raw packed ranges. Natures Menu is the leading company in the UK dedicated to research and development of raw frozen foods and raw food diets for dogs and cats. Their raw food research team is the first of its kind in Europe, pioneering nutritional and scientific studies on raw diet and their benefits for dogs and cats. In addition we strive to understand and research the consumer market for you the retailer, to make sure you are kept up to date with the latest findings and knowledge within the raw pet food industry.

Q. How do you switch a cat onto the Natures Menu raw cat food?
A. The key point is to do this gradually. It is also much easier to transition cats from wet food to raw than it is from dry food to raw. Natures Menu have a dedicated Cat transition Guide for Cat owners. Very few cats can be simply moved onto this product with immediate success and do need care and transition.

Q. How do you switch a dog onto the Natures Menu raw foods?
A. Dogs most of the time can simply be switched straight over to the raw food, day to day or meal to meal. If the dog has a sensitive stomach day to day transition is important. Dogs are more sensitive the grain based foods and do not react in the same way to raw meats, unless they have a confirmed allergy to a meat type. Occasionally a dog will not take to the product immediately and will need a slower transition but usually the palatability is enough to appeal to them.
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Added: 9/10/2014
New Website Now Online!
Our new website is now live featuring all the good bits of the last one as well as many improvements and new features.
Here is a run through on what's new or improved.

Order in Singles
We've listened to your feedback and one of the biggest changes to the new website is that you can now order single items from packs, previously if you wanted to buy a split pack of any product you couldn't, but we've added the ability to order packs and/ or singles on the new website.

Improved Search bar
We found it quite annoying when you typed a term into the search bar and it didn't fit, so we've moved the search bar to the top of the screen and made it bigger.

Improved Password Recovery
Something we anticipate will be much used in the coming days is the improved password recovery, if you've forgotten your login details simply go to the login link in the top right then follow the link to reset your password and enter your registered e-mail address and your login details will be reset and sent to you.

Shop by Brand
We've added a new feature to the website so you can shop by brand. Click on "Shop by Brand" on the menu and then navigate through the brands we carry and you can view just the products from that brand.

Improved Favourites
We've added additional features to the Favourite items page making it even easier to store and quickly order your favourite items.

Viewing the Blog
We've moved our blog, previously the blog could only be accessed once you'd logged into the website, now you can read it without logging in.

New Deal Navigation
If there is more than one item on any given deal on our special offers you can now navigate to the product and then click on the "see other products on this deal" link and it will show you the other products on the deal in a format which is easy to order.

We've also kept all of the previous features and tried to keep the layout as close as possible to the previous site to make the transition as smooth as possible.


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Added: 6/10/14
New Website Coming This Week
It’s been a long time in the pipeline and now our new website is just days away from launch. We’ve taken on board as much customer feedback as we could squeeze into the site and added and enhanced many of our own ideas to improve the website.
We’ll not bore you now with buzzwords and balderdash, but we think you’ll find it was worth the wait.

Later on this week there will be a small amount of downtime for the website while we swap everything across onto the new site, your order history, favourite items, user details and anything currently in your shopping basket will all be transferred into the new site.

If you are automatically logged into the current website you will need to login again to the new one, so we recommend you have a look at your username and if needs be change your password so that you know your username and password combination to login to the new site when it becomes live.

Keep an eye on our social media feeds on facebook and twitter for further information about the downtime and launch information.

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Unit 7e Kilroot Business Park | Larne Road
Carrickfergus| Co. Antrim | Northern Ireland
Tel: 0(044)2893 351 491 | Fax: 0(044) 2893 351920
24/7 CCTV is used on our premises for the safety of our staff and customers and crime prevention