March 21-23, 2018
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)

Trends & Market Research Seminars

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**If you did not have the opportunity to register for the seminars, attendance is welcome onsite on a first come, first served basis based on seating availability. ** 


Trends in Online Purchasing of Pet Products

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Room W204C 
Cost to attend: FREE

Presented by: David Sprinkle, Packaged Facts

This Packaged Facts presentation covers trends in pet owner shopping and spending online, with a focus on dog and cat products. This data-rich discussion will compare online pet product shopper demographics to those for pet specialty and mass-market retailers, exploring cross-shopping and generational patterns. The presentation will also address the Internet share of pet market spending, shopping rates for the leading pet specialty and mass-market pet e-tailers (including the role of Amazon), and purchasing patterns by dog and cat product categories, along with pet owners’ distinctive usage of the Internet and other shopping technologies.




2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey - Debut

Time:  11:00am - 12:00pm
Location:  Room W204C
Cost to attend: FREE

Presented by:  Julie Springer, APPA Research Analyst

Get a first look at the 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey! This seminar will feature a comprehensive overview of the latest trends in pet product and service consumption. The presentation will also include a look at generational differences and the role they play in pet ownership.


Key Trends and Developments in Global Pet Care

Time:  2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:  Room W204C
Cost to attend: FREE

Presented by: Stefan Anbro, Senior Research Analyst, Euromonitor International

Pet care is a vibrant industry with new product development closely linked to owners’ food preferences and choices. Trends such as humanization are being pushed further as pet owners treat their pets as a part of their family.  In his presentation, Stefan Anbro, Senior Research Analyst at Euromonitor International, will look at the performance of the industry globally, new trends impacting the market, and how brand owners can position themselves to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace.  Addressing both the pet food and pet products categories, Stefan will highlight key opportunities and future prospects for the industry.     



New Member Welcome

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: APPA Member Services Booth #2401
Cost to attend: FREE

First time exhibitors are invited to get acquainted with APPA staff and service providers during this one hour reception.  Hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be served.



Is Now the Right Time to Sell my Pet Company?  Is an Acquisition a Viable Growth Strategy?  Should I raise Growth Equity or Debt?

APPA is offering a unique opportunity to visit with two of the pet industry’s most experienced and respected M&A professionals, Carol Frank and Craig Lawson of MHT Partners.

Join them in a complimentary, confidential 30 minute chat to explore the answer to any or all of these questions:

The utmost of confidence is guaranteed and you can be assured that there will be absolutely no sales pitch.   Confidentiality Agreements’ will be available on site.  

Carol and Craig are offering a limited number of complimentary 30 minute sessions to answer your questions about these or other financial related topics.  For more information and to set up an appointment, please contact Carol at or Craig at

Click here for Carol and Craig’s bios.


One-on-one appointments may be requested with your APPA Member Service Providers.  Appointments are available for APPA Members Only during the following hours: 

Wed., March 22:          Between 10:00am-4:00pm
Thu., March 23:           Between 10:00am-4:00pm
Fri.,  March 24:            Between 10:00am-2:00pm 

Appointments are available with: