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Exotic Pet businesses “swarm” to Magdalen Laver

Lifestyle / Wed 21st Sep 2022 pm30 01:25pm

THE Magdalen-Laver-based company, which has been selling live insects and reptile supplies since 1987 welcomed 150 people from 80 different businesses, spanning Dundee to Exeter on Saturday 17th of September.

As well as Peregrine Livefoods’ brands, ProRep, Aquaspectra, White Python, Exotics Keeper Magazine and FishScience, the event saw international brand ambassadors from the likes of ZooMed, Lucky Reptile, Zen Habitats and MicroClimate visit the UK to operate stalls. Product demonstrations were also live streamed on social media throughout the day for those who could not attend.

Chris Jones, Managing Director of Peregrine Livefoods said: “It was great to see customers gather once again to discuss the incredible advances made within the exotic pet industry. It gave staff from all departments the opportunity to speak directly with customers and gave customers the chance to witness first-hand the exciting things happening at Peregrine Livefoods right now.”

The business employs over 150 members of staff from the local area in various roles from warehouse operatives to animal management and customer services to marketing. Customers had the chance to see all areas of the business, from the recently upgraded Animal Department to the busy day-to-day operations of the Livefoods Team.

Peregrine Livefoods is one of the pioneering businesses in the exotic pet trade. It helped Essex become renowned for herpetological innovation and continues to do so today. With the cost-of-living crisis affecting exotic pet businesses heavily in recent months, the open day allowed businesses from across the country to share their thoughts on the future of this niche sector.

Many customers also attended an evening event at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Stansted Airport. Chris Jones, Managing Director of Peregrine Livefoods started the dinner with a short speech about the open day, before Craig Thornton (Peregrine Livefoods) briefly summarised new products, Dave Pool (FishScience) spoke about the history of the brand and its acquisition by Peregrine Livefoods and Tony Jones (Responsible Reptile Keeping) introduced attendees to a new herpetoculture media initiative.

Chris Jones, Managing Director of Peregrine Livefoods added: “The evening meal was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with industry friends old and new. The current economic climate makes it extremely important to share advice and ideas with other businesses. I can’t think of a better way to do this than over dinner and drinks and we hope that everyone who attended found something useful in what turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.”

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