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About.com Readers Choose Best Pet Trade Show, Store, Natural Food

Posted: April 17, 2013, 5:40 p.m. EDT


Global Pet Expo, a Canadian pet shop and Stewart dog food all won Reader’s Choice Awards in About.com’s annual competition.

Voting took place Feb. 19 to March 19 on the New York-based website, which features expertise on thousands of topics, ranging from "How to Find the Best Food While Traveling” to "5 Essential Dog and Cat Nutrients.”

Global Pet Expo, which is held each February in Orlando, Fla., was named Best Pet Industry Trade Show. The second- and third-place winners were SuperZoo, which will take place in July in Las Vegas, and the H.H. Backer Christmas Show, which is set for Sept. 20 to 22 in Rosemont, Ill.

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More than 3,000 new products were launched at the 2013 Global Pet Expo.
"We just finished with our best show yet,” said Andrew Darmohraj, senior vice president of the American Pet Products Association, a co-organizer of Global Pet Expo. "Receipt of this award is another great showcase of the success of Global Pet Expo.”

The 2013 show featured 964 exhibitors, 2,686 booths and more than 5,300 pet product buyers from around the world.

The award for Best Pet Shop went to Canadian Pet Connection, which operates two stores in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Runners-up were the Phoenix-based chain PetSmart and Cutter’s Mill of Paoli, Pa.

The Reader’s Choice Award for Best Natural Pet Food was given to Stewart, a brand of Dayton, Ohio-based MiracleCorp Products. Finishing second was Wellness, a brand of WellPet LLC of Tewksbury, Mass., and third was Natural Balance Pet Foods of Pacoima, Calif.

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