Gearing Up for Global Pet Expo 2017
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) announced that Global Pet Expo 2017 will feature more than 1,200 companies from around the world, showcasing the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. Global Pet Expo will take place March 22-24, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
Global Pet Expo is the largest pet products trade show in the U.S., showcasing 16 football fields’ worth of pet products, more than 3,000 product launches and 150 first-time exhibiting companies, the organizers reported. Ranked one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation by Trade Show Executive Magazine, Global Pet Expo has grown in recent years with special sections such as the International Pavilions, Natural Pet, Boutique, Everything Aquatic and What’s New! drawing specialty manufacturers and attendees alike.
One of the show’s top attractions, the New Products Showcase, is an opportunity for pet product manufacturers to highlight their newest lines and innovations, and a place for attendees to preview all the newest products hitting the industry in one dedicated location at the show. The 30,000-square-foot space on the trade show floor is set aside to recognize the year’s best creative efforts in new products and point-of-purchase displays. With more than 1,000 entries expected, this is the largest new products showcase at any pet product industry trade show in the world, the organizers reported. In order to win a New Products Showcase Best in Show award, products must be entered in the New Products Showcase.
The 6th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards, presented by Global Pet Expo and Pet Business, will be announced on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 8 a.m. during the pet industry breakfast. The Retailer Excellence Awards are designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories.
Global Pet Expo 2016 featured 6,170 buyers, 1,087 exhibitors and 3,218 booths sold—the highest post-show numbers to date. Total attendance came to 15,478 people, and the extended exhibit space to accommodate the growing number of booths and attendees came in at 320,000 net square feet, (nearly 10,000 feet larger than in 2015). On a truly global front, 21 percent of exhibitors were international, making up 233 of the 1,087 exhibitors. And 24 percent of buyers were from outside of the U.S., coming from 76 countries. The Global Pet Expo Academy Seminars also experienced growth, with a 20 percent spike in attendance at 1,400 participants.