Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s almost 2011 already? Some great things have happened at Precise this year, and we’re definitely thankful for all of our retailers, distributors, customers and, of course, our Precise pets.

Here’s a rundown of some of our highlights in 2010:

We’ll be back here on the blog with more news, Ask Our Vet Q&As, Meet the Precise Team video interviews, Quality Time posts and even more next year.

In the meantime, what are you looking forward to in 2011?

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Meet the Precise Team: Pete Pennell, western regional sales director

We make all our own dry food, in-house in the USA, by pet owning experts who take great pride in what they do. In our Meet the Precise Team series, we’ll introduce you to some of the people that make Precise Pet Products run.

Our sales staff is always up on the latest pet food industry news and the healthiest options for your dogs and cats – but Pete Pennell, our western regional sales director, is also a pro at geography. That’s probably because he oversees all of the retailer relationships we have in the western part of the country, and works with Helen Hurd and Tom Ruha to deliver Precise formulations such as our new Precise Holistic Complete to pet owners and their furry friends.

Watch the video below to learn more about Pete and what he does here at Precise:

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Mailbag: Puppy and kitten packets for breeders

Each month, Marnee White, who knows Precise like the back of her hand, will answer questions we get through our customer service e-mails and phone calls.

Q: Does Precise offer puppy and kitten packets to breeders?

A. Absolutely – and our breeders just love these packets! Breeders can request them through their distributors or directly from Precise at 888-477-3247. These packets for both puppies and kittens consist of a congratulations letter, Certificate of Pedigree, coupon for a free starter bag, $3 off bounce-back coupon and a vaccination record chart.

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Happy holidays!

From all of us here at Precise (including our Santa-fied Facebook mascot below), we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season.

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Photo Roundup: Close Quarters Feed in College Station, Texas

I was excited to stop by Close Quarters Feed in College Station, Texas recently to check in with its team. Of course, I couldn’t leave without taking a shot of its Precise Holistic Complete display:

Thanks, Close Quarters Feed!

Jon Burkhardt is the Southern territory sales manager at Precise Pet.

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Pet news roundup – 12/22/10

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources and Twitter.

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Photo Roundup: Parker Feed in Parker, Colo.

I’m excited that Parker Feed just added Precise Holistic Complete to its store in Parker, Colo. As a matter of fact, this is the first holistic pet food the store has ever carried.

Here’s a fun shot of its display:

Thanks, Parker Feed!

Tom Ruha is the Western territory sales manager at Precise Pet, and can be reached at truha@texasfarm.com. See a photo of Tom and his dog Mocha in our Pet Zone image gallery.

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Precise Holistic Complete honored in Pet Business Magazine’s Industry Recognition Awards

Here at Precise, we are extremely proud to behonored in Pet Business Magazine’s 2010 Industry Recognition Awards. The magazine, know as the pet industry’s business resource, highlighted our newest Precise Holistic Complete formulations in its Dog Food category. Check out the snazzy cover below, pick up a copy of your own or read about the awards here.

We are honored to be considered as part of the industry’s most innovative and functional products, and we are proud to set new standards in pet nutrition.

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Quality Time: New Packaging Machines

Mike Compton is vice president of operations at Precise’s parent company, Texas Farm Products Company, and is responsible for the operations, quality assurance and nutritional content of our pet food. Each month on the blog, he shares how we keep our pet food safe and healthy. Read past Quality Time blog posts here.

Our new Precise Holistic Complete formulas have several one-of-a-kind features and ingredients. The formulas include sustainable DHAgold® omega-3s to support cognitive learning, and probiotic Bacillus coagulans to aid digestion. In addition, the new line’s bags have side handles for easier carrying and pouring, and slide-closure tops. These new features make life easier on our customers.

To produce these new bags, we installed new packaging machines in February of this year. These machines maintain control of the bags in each step of the packaging process:

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Photo Roundup: Clark’s Pet Emporium in Albuquerque, N.M.

What’s new at Clark’s Pet Emporium in Albuquerque, N.M.?

The store – which has two locations in Albuquerque – is the first store in New Mexico to carry the Precise Holistic Complete line. When I went to visit its stores, I was able to snap some photos of its displays.

This photo was taken at Clark’s Pet Emporium at the 11200 Menaul Avenue location:

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