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Pet Industry’s Largest Annual Show Set to Meet at the 14th Annual Global Pet Expo in the U.S.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) will present the premier industry event, Global Pet Expo on March 21-23, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Global Pet Expo is the pet industry’s largest annual show. It is a great opportunity for buyers to see first-hand all the hottest and newest pet products before they hit store shelves.

With 84.6 million pet-owning households in the U.S., consumers continue to look for the latest the industry has to offer.

According to the show the 13th Annual Show featured 6,761 qualified buyers, 1,130 exhibitors and 3,437 booths sold – making for record-setting numbers. Total Show attendance came at 16,646, with 343,700 net square feet of exhibit space which was 24,000 feet larger than the 2016 Show.

27% of exhibitors were international, making up 305 of the 1,130 exhibitors and more than 25% of buyers were from outside of the U.S., coming from 79 countries. In order to recognize the increase in international participants, the 2017 Show debuted country-specific pavilions which gave participating country delegations dedicated space throughout the exhibit floor.

Companies launching new products can highlight them in the New Products Showcase, where buyers and media have the opportunity to preview all the newest products hitting the industry in one convenient location.

The 30,000-square foot space on the trade show floor is set aside to recognize the year’s best creative efforts in New Product and Point-of-Purchase Displays. With nearly 1,000 entries submitted, this is the largest new products showcase at any pet product industry trade show in the world.

The New Products Showcase “Best in Show” awards are the most coveted awards given in the industry. Winners will be announced at the Eighth Annual New Products Showcase Awards presentation. In order to be eligible to win, products must be entered in the New Products Showcase.

In addition to opportunities on the Show Floor, attendees can also attend the 2018 Global Pet Expo Academy. Managed by PIDA, the 2017 seminar lineup featured 29 different seminars from 16 expert instructors in the fields of marketing, social media and technology, merchandising, management, personnel and retail operations. Described by attendees as, engaging, insightful and informational, the 2017 Global Pet Expo Academy was a huge success with more than 1,600 attendees, a 23% increase over 2016.

Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals, making it the most important gathering of buyers, pet product manufacturers, and international attendees in the U.S. The Show is not open to the general public. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org

By The Expo Review

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