Alex Fees talks with John Schikal about his company, Scarlett Pet Food, at the 2008 Pet Expo convention in Baltimore.
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Alex Fees: I’m Alex Fees for small business television SBTV.com. We are on location in Baltimore at the 2009 pet industry spring trade show. It is brought to you by HH Backer Associates, publishers of Pet Age Magazine.
John I think you get the reward for having the most colorful display here. What is this that I am looking at?
John Schikal: Okay basically domestic bird and animal feed.
Alex Fees: Okay.
John Schikal: Fortified mixes that we make at our plant in Pennsylvania.
Alex Fees: I have got to stay some of these stuff looks pretty tasty.
John Schikal: Yes.
Alex Fees: Will I like it?
John Schikal: Yes you would actually. A lot of people come up and they just kind of dig into it like a trail mix, you know. It is, it is, it is good stuff.
Alex Fees: It is not for though huh?
John Schikal: No, it’s—well you know it can be, I mean its, it is—we are certified for people food so I mean that people can eat it, but it is for the birds and animals.
Alex Fees: Alright, but I see here we have food for a Cockatiel, hamsters, and gerbils and parrots. So what are the ingredients? Tell me what I am looking at here.
John Schikal: Basically you are looking at a mixture of seeds, anywhere from a─ you know oil seeds, peanuts, bananas, fruits, beans, and nuts, and then we have extruded diets that also are mixed minerals and vitamins
Alex Fees: And you have food for animals other than birds as well?
John Schikal: Absolutely. We do hamsters and gerbils like you said. Guinea pigs, rabbits, yes.
Alex Fees: I see a big rabbit there behind you.
John Schikal: Exactly yeah.
Alex Fees: Where do people go to get more information about the products that more of you has to offer?
John Schikal: We have a website, www.scarlettpetfood.com.
Alex Fees: Okay and where are your distributors? Are you guys in retail stores?
John Schikal: Yes we are. Okay we have─ we ship up and down the East Coast, and as far west as Chicago. So we have our distributors cover that area or we will ship direct to you.