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Industry Organizations to Celebrate Significant Anniversaries at Global Pet Expo


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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018. APPA, along with the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), who will be celebrating 50 years in the industry, will host the 14th annual Global Pet Expo March 21-23 in Orlando, Fla. During the event, the associations will officially celebrate these major milestones.

APPA has come a long way since its beginnings in 1958 as the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) with just a handful of members and a trade show smaller in size than Global Pet Expo’s New Products Showcase. Today, the Association has more than 1,200 members, and works primarily to promote responsible pet ownership and advance the pet products industry. As a trade association, APPA provides a wealth of services and programs designed to help its members prosper. This includes Global Pet Expo, government and regulatory affairs, market research, and additional industry support beyond direct services.

“When looking back at where it all started, not just our association, but the pet industry in general, it’s amazing to see the progress we’ve made and all the work that has led us to where we are today,” said Bob Vetere, president and CEO of APPA. “What started as a small industry with only a few key players has evolved into a $66 billion industry that continues to grow.”

For the past 50 years, PIDA’s mission has been to enhance the well-being of wholesaler-distributors and to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers. Such efforts have included the Pet Store Pro online training program for independent retailers and the Pet Industry Leadership Conference bringing all segments of the industry together for networking, education and problem solving.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate place to celebrate our anniversary than at Global Pet Expo,” said Steve King, president of PIDA. “We have been partners with APPA on this show, among many other ventures, for years, and we share the same mission of advancing our great industry and helping businesses succeed in this environment.”

As part of APPA’s celebration of six decades in the industry, the organization is inviting past and current members along with any other individuals and organizations to submit a photo or video celebrating their own experiences in the industry. APPA is looking for  interesting stories of what got people into the pet industry and vintage image of pet products from 20, 30 years ago. Stories, images, videos and more can be shared using the hashtag #APPAs60th on APPA’s Facebook page.

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