TREATS FOR ALL CREATURES BIG AND SMALL
SUNSHINE Coast business Huds and Toke is taking its pet treats business to the next level, with sights set on cracking the potentially lucrative US market.
A $100,000 grant from the State Government’s Ignite Ideas funding is set to fasttrack its overseas expansion.
Huds and Toke chief executive Russell Gibbons said the company was focused on tapping into the lucrative US horse market, worth an estimated $18 billion.
“We’re targeting more directly at the recreational horse rider, those involved with pony clubs or equestrians that work with horses that are around people and need to be well-behaved, well-trained and are really treated more like a pet,” Mr Gibbons said.
Since the start of its animal treats business in 2013, Huds and Toke has rapidly expanded, and is set to move into a new warehouse in Coolum.
“We’ve just employed three new staff, and our business on the domestic side has increased, and our Japanese business is going really well,’’ Mr Gibbons said.
We’re really happy with it.”
TASTY TREATS: Russell Gibbons, CEO of Huds and Toke, with his pet, Pepper. Picture: Claudia Baxter