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Interzoo to be Held in Odd-Numbered Years Beginning 2021


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Interzoo’s next trade show will take place June 1-4, 2021 in Nuremberg, Germany.

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Interzoo, a biennial trade fair, will now be held in odd-numbered years, with the next show set for June 1-4, 2021 in Nuremberg, Germany. Interzoo organizers made the switch after postponing this year’s show due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Originally, we would have celebrated the opening of Interzoo 2020 with 2,000 exhibitors and almost 40,000 visitors in [May], but due to COVID-19, we had to reschedule the event by a year,” said Alexandra Facklamm, CEO of WZF, the group behind Interzoo. “We are now very happy to be able to announce a date for Interzoo in 2021. In selecting this new date, it was important for us to talk with all the parties that are crucial to making Interzoo a success.”

Although the stakeholders agree that the pet supply sector will face major economic challenges in the years to come, “a positive signal provided by a successful trade fair can generate the impulse needed to help the industry through difficult times.”

WZF and the German Pet Trade and Industry Association (ZZF), the honorary sponsor of Interzoo, received major support from the industry with the decision to move Interzoo to next year, and to subsequently transition the event to odd-numbered years, officials said in a statement.

“Since the last Interzoo in 2018, companies have put a lot of effort and hard work into developing new products that were ready to enter the market this year,” Facklamm said. “Manufacturers need a market platform like Interzoo in order to get the best benefit from these new developments. For many companies, four years without the world’s leading fair in their sector would be too long a break. Given the quality of its visitors and its global reach, Interzoo is ideally suited to developing new markets, executing international product rollouts and establishing new business contacts.”

Attending the trade show in the wake of a global crisis can contribute to economic recovery for both companies and the sector as a whole, according to Katharina Engling, chairperson of the Interzoo advisory committee.

“To get quickly back onto the path to success, the specialist trade and the manufacturing industry must be given an appropriate opportunity to prepare for business,” Engling said. “As the world’s largest trade fair for pet supplies, Interzoo meets this requirement perfectly. The deals concluded at Interzoo are the economic foundation for many of the businesses that exhibit here.”

 

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