09 April 2017

BUSINESS - Global Pet Expo Bigger and Better than Ever

Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and COO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), announced Global Pet Expo 2017 closed its thirteenth Show setting records across the board.

Global Pet Expo, presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), expanded the Show Floor to 343,700 net square feet of exhibit space (nearly 24,000 feet larger than 2016).

The event experienced growth in total buyer attendance with 6,761 buyers, up more than 9.5 percent from 2016, and there was a 22 percent increase in international buyer attendance from last year.

Featuring more than more than 3,437 booths, twenty seven percent of the exhibitors were international - up 30 percent from 2016.

“We take pride in our hard work to make Global Pet Expo a unique and rewarding opportunity for attendees each and every year,” said Darmohraj.  “With new exhibiting companies, new innovative products from repeat exhibitors, and even changes to the floor layout, we strive to provide the most beneficial experience to all each year.”

Global Pet Expo Academy featured 29 different seminars and also experienced record breaking participation.

The 2017 Show featured more new product launches than any other show in the industry, and had nearly 1,000 entries in the newly designed 30,000 square-foot New Products Showcase.

The New Products Showcase awards were presented to the top three products in a variety of categories.

Primetime Petz LLC took home the top prize in the Cat category with their new “Catysmile Backpack Cat Carrier” and West Paw Design took home top Dog category award with their new “Qwizl treating toy”.

The pet industry continues to grow and that is reflected in the success of Global Pet Expo.

The 2018 Global Pet Expo will take place March 21-23, 2018 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center.

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