Plastic carrier bags are going from Angell Pets very soon so we can do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic finding its way into the environment.
We have been trying to figure out how to reduce the use of plastic bags in our shop for a while now. There are only two effective ways to do this:-
1) To charge for the bags to encourage customers to bring their own re-usable bags or
2) Get rid of them completely and try an alternative.
We have chosen to go with option number 2, although this will actually cost us more! Once our current stock of plastic bags has run out we will not be getting any more in.
We didn’t want to start charging for bags as this would cause disagreements at the till, with some customers not wanting to pay as it is not yet law for small shops and in any event we would still be giving out the plastic bags.
Instead will be providing small paper bags (one per transaction). Paper bags actually cost us quite a lot more. For example a decent paper bag (shown) costs us around 8-9p each, where as the same size plastic bag costs us 1-2p. However the paper bags we can provide are not very large so we are asking customers to help us reduce non recycleable waste by bringing your own “bag for life” just like you would do at the super market.
We still have a small stock of plastic bags to use up (may as well get a use out of them; if we hand them out or throw them in the bin they are still going to end up in land fill).
For the time being our 1kg bagged up food will still be in polythene bags until we can find a suitable alternative. We are trialing something but it may take a few goes to get the right product.The product we got in to try this week won’t really work so we will use them for frozen rats and mice instead.
Here at Angell Pets we are always looking at ways of helping the environment and helping fellow local businesses wtih new ideas. We were pleased to trial out a new product that was presented to us by a local recycling company, although when it was presented we were still closed for the recent relocation and refurbishment. Since then we have trialled the product with our own animals in store and are happy to report excellent results.
The product is going to be branded as “Nest” bedding. Actually it is so new that the brand name is not finalised but I am asssured this is the front runner. For the time being we are selling it under our own Angell Pets ® brand.
As part of the teabag manufacturing process, a lot of offcut teabag paper is produced, prior to the final teabag pressing and cutting. This paper is very soft and absorbant and has not been treated with any chemicals (or used in teabag testing, so it is not stained with tannins). A local recycling company has the contract for disposing of this waste and was looking for a novel solution. This is when they approached us for our advice on its suitability as an animal bedding. We thought it a good idea and after investigating the contents agreed to give it a try. We have since used all the material we were given for the trial and it has been a resounding success.
Not only is the product a safe animal bedding, suitable for all small mammals, including rats as it is dust free and absorbant but as it is untreated it is readilly compostable. Not only will you be giving your pet an excellent product but you will be helping to prevent this material ending up in landfil and supporting local businesses. Also it is available in larger bags than contemporary products making it much more cost effective. We are selling 1kg bags for £3.59, compared to the nearest product available, Safebed which is £1.09 for approx 90g or £12.11 per kg! It even compares well with other substrate products used for rats, with their sensitive respiratory tracts.
Angell Pets ® and APL™ are registered trade marks of Angell Pets Ltd
Our APL (Angell Pets Ltd) dog food is undergoing a change of packaging. The new look is to match general changes in customer preferences already showing in the industry. The new packaging will also give a clearer range definition and image.
There will also be a change in the weight of the smaller sizes (Super Premium ONLY). The 2.5kg bags will be changing to 2kg and the 7.5kg bags will be moving to 6kg. The large 12kg bags will not be changing. Again, this change reflects the general direction over the last couple of years in the industry and gives our customers a clearer price benefit over other brands of hypoallergenic foods. For example comparing a 2kg bag of James Wellbeloved lamb and rice at £9.42 to a 2.5kg bag of APL lamb and rice at only £6.99. Obviously with a small reduction in size to match the size of the Wellbeloved bag, the price difference will be even greater.
The changes in pack size will result in a corresponding reduction in pack price and will not result in any increase in cost per kilogram. In other words it is not a hidden price increase, just a resizing to match the sizes already used in our popular grain free range to give a standard APL range size.
APL working dog food is not changing. This will still be in 15kg bags.
This change will take place over the next couple of months as old packaging is used up and new packaging comes on line. During the change over period some products may appear in the generic red bags we use when we have run out of certain bag colours. Rest assured the products are not changing at all. It is only the packaging and in some cases, pack size that is affected.
If any customers need further information, please contact the Angell Pets Team
Grain free dog and cat foods are fast becoming the most popular way to feed cats and dogs in the UK amongst owners who want the best for their pets. Angell Pets excellent range of APL pet foods has now been extended to include more grain free varieties of premium dog and cat food at great value prices.
Dogs are carnivores but most dog food on the market still contains at least some grain. The cheaper the food, generally the more grain it contains, to the point that some foods contain much more grain than meat. Whilst this would be good news for a human it is bad news for a dog. The grain is only there in most cases to provide a cheap filler to keep the price of the food down, not to benefit the dog. With some of the really bad foods, there is so little meat protein present that the grain (in this case wheat, the least desirable grain to use) is actually providing the bulk of the quoted protein content of the food (wheat gluten is a vegetable protein). Grain free dog and cat food on the other hand naturally contains more meat as virtually all the quoted protein content has to come from this source.
We also now do a grain free range of dog and high meat content cat treats to compliment the grain free food.
APL GRAIN FREE FOOD IS NOW AVAIALBLE IN STORE OR ON LINE IN 2KG AND 12 KG BAGS and 2kg bags of grain free cat food. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE SHOP, DROP US A LINE OR POP IN A VISIT US AT ANGELL PETS.
Christmas Stockings for dogs and cats usually come pre filled with treats and toys that someone at a head office, somewhere, has decided should be in them.
This year we are offering plush Christmas stockings for £3 that you can then fill with any treat, toy or accessory or any combination and we will give you 10% off the total cost of the whole package. We will even throw in a FREE sample of APL dog food. Use it as food or use it as treats for dogs or cats.
The only stipulation is that the treats and toys or any accessory you like really, must all be able to fit in the stocking (sticking out the top is fine – we are not like the council bin men!)
If you can’t get in to the store then have a look on the web site and decide what you want then give us a ring and we will fill the stocking for you and arrange delivery. As usual, local delivery is FREE, UK wide delivery will be £5.
So why not visit us over the coming Victorian Market weekend at Gloucester Quays and pick up a bargain DOG OR CAT Christmas Stocking.
Angell Pets has a tradition of supplying quality natural pet foods, based on the natural diet of the particular animal. We have just increased the range further with the introduction of our own brand APL grain free complete food for cats and natural cat treats.
Cats are obligate carnivores and must eat meat to live a healthy life. The amino acid Taurin is only found in meat and cats must have this in their diet. Therefore healthy cats should be fed a high protein, meat based diet. Have you looked at the ingredients and analysis of your cats food? How much actual meat is in the bag. With some very well known supermarket brands (and virtually all supermarket own brands) the answer is very little. Meat and animal derivatives is not meat. It is whatever is left after you have used the actual meat and the bones and cartilage of the carcass (usually termed “meal”). Often the protein content of the food is made up of wheat or maize gluten (the protein element of grain), a cheap and inferior source of protein, as there is not enough meat protein present.. For more details and a comparison CLICK HERE.
Angell Pets APL range now includes Turkey grain free, high meat content cat food and high meat content poultry treats. This is alongside our existing, highly popular APL grain free dog foods.
It doesn’t seem like a year ago I was publishing the opening times for the holidays but there you go. So, our first Christmas in our new store. We have got in extra stock to help get our customers over the Christmas period without any shortages.
Angell Pets opening times this year are as follows. All changes to normal times and services are highlighted in red:-
Up to and including Tuesday 23rd – normal hours and free local delivery service.
Wednsday 24th – Christmas Eve 9am – 6pm. No free local deliveries.
Thursday 25th – Christmas Day – CLOSED
Friday 26th – Boxing Day – CLOSED
Saturday 27th – 10am – 5pm
Sunday 28th – 10am – 4pm
Monday 29th – 9am – 5pm. Normal free local deliveries.
Tuesday 30th – 9am – 6pm. Normal free local deliveries.
Wednesday 31st – 9am – 6pm. No free local deliveries.
Thursday 1st – CLOSED.
Friday 2nd – 10am – 6pm. Normal free local deliveries.
Sat 3rd onward – back to normal opening hours and free local delivery service on weekdays.
Please note that UK deliveries will be dispatched as normal throughout the holidays but will be subject to usual postal service Christmas closures so arrival may be delayed.
Have a merry Christmas, a happy new year and if we don’t see you in the shop, hope to see you on your doorstep as we drop off your orders.
Angell Pets has been based in Abbeymead for the last 5 years. Sadly our landlord saw fit to serve us with a notice to quit because he says he wants to put in an estate agents (virtually next door to the existing one!). Anyway we didn’t hang around but found ourselves a new premises right next to the Quays in Gloucester.
We are moving to 168 – 170 Southgate Street, on the corner of Llanthony Road and Southgate Street. We are hoping to have the new shop OPEN by 24th November 2014. We will continue to trade from our existing Abbeymead store up until Friday the 21st. Over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd we will be taking orders over the telephone or online through our webstore.
We appreciate the support our local customers in Abbeymead have given us over the past five years and offer FREE local delivery so we can still support those customers who cannot make it into the new shop. You can order online, over the telephone and if ordering over the telephone can pay by card or cash on delivery. Deliveries will be Monday to Friday and normally in the evening, although as the popularity of this service grows we may have to start putting on some deliveries during the day as well.
Any change, especially one forced upon you, is difficult to manage. We will try to ensure stock levels are maintained during the move but I am sure there is plenty of scope for some items to run a bit low. Restocking only normally takes us a couple of days if this does occur however.
We have thousands of lines plus all the shelving, animals and cages to move so it is not going to be easy but in the long run the extra space and cheaper rent and rates in the new shop is going to allow us to offer new services and promotions to our customers so hopefully the forced move will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
Please pop in the Abbeymead shop during November as we will have some fantastic offers on as we reduce stock levels so there is less to move. Of course we would love you to visit us in our new premises after the 24th of November as well. Hopefully we will see you there.
Angell Pets excellent range of APL pet foods has now been extended to include a grain free range of premium dog food at great value prices.
Dogs are carnivores but most dog food on the market contains at least some grain. The cheaper the food, generally the more grain it contains, to the point that some foods contain much more grain than meat. Whilst this would be good news for a human it is bad news for a dog. The grain is only there in most cases to provide a cheap filler to keep the price of the food down, not to benefit the dog. With some of the really bad foods, there is so little meat protein present that the grain (in this case wheat, the least desirable grain to use) is actually providing the bulk of the quoted protein content of the food (wheat gluten is a vegetable protein).
Angell Pets have sold high quality, high meat content, grain free foods for years. These provide the optimum diet for your dog. Although Angell Pets has been able to provide a grain free product of our own (APL Duck and Potato) for some time, we are pleased to launch our own APL Grain Free, high meat content dog food. The range so far includes APL Turkey, Sweet Potato and Cranberry, APL Salmon, Trout, Sweet Potato and Asparagus and APL Pork, Sweet Potato and Apple. Whilst we make no claim the ingredients are as fresh as say Orijen, we are satisfied that the meat content is now sufficiently high to offer this as a cheaper alternative to premium ranges such as Acana, Orijen and Canagan. In our view Orijen remains the best bagged dog food on the market but at this price ours is now a viable alternative.
APL Grain Free Food is now avaialble in store or on line in 2kg and 12 kg bags. For more information call the shop, drop us a line or pop in a visit us at Angell Pets.