March 24-26, 2021
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
PRODUCED BY:
American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)

2020 Show Highlights

16th Annual Global Pet Expo a Success

Global Pet Expo, presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), wrapped its 16th annual Show with solid numbers during the three-day premier industry event. The productive, international Show continued to demonstrate its importance as a key place to do business and the first opportunity of 2020 to do so. Here’s a look at this year's event, by the numbers:

354,100
net square feet of exhibit space
1,066
exhibiting companies
222
first-time exhibiting companies
3,541
booths
Total buyer attendance: 6,041

22% of Buyer Attendance was International, representing 78 countries

All 50 U.S. States represented, with an increase of 6% from the West Coast

Domestic Attendance from Mass-Market Buyers up 17% over the 2019 Show

More than 20% of Buyers who registered have come to Global Pet Expo for 4 or more years consecutively
The ways in which COVID-19 has changed the world are still unfolding. And while it wasn’t quite business as usual, we are extremely proud of the Global Pet Expo team for their tireless work to not only adapt to the changing landscape but to pull off a safe and productive event with an unparalleled show experience. The strong participation of exhibitors, buyers and media further demonstrated the vital role this trade show plays in the pet industry.
-Andrew Darmohraj, APPA Executive Vice President and COO
After pitching the startup to an audience of investors, retailers and pet care leaders from Purina, Because Animals emerged as the grand prize winner of the 2020 Pet Care Innovation Prize announced during Global Pet Expo. The Philadelphia-based startup is a biotech company creating nutritious pet food without harming animals with cultured ingredients like probiotics, nutritional yeast, and cultured meat. As the 2020 Pet Care Innovation Prize grand prize winner, Because Animals will receive a cash prize and mentorship from Purina.

Retailer Excellence Awards

Presented by Global Pet Expo and Pet Business magazine, the Retailer Excellence Awards are designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories. The following retailers received designated awards in each of the 10 different categories:

BEST OVERALL
SINGLE-STORE RETAILER

NorthPoint Pets & Company
Cheshire, CT

BEST OVERALL
RETAILER (2-14 STORES)

Pet Pantry Warehouse
Rye, NY

BEST OVERALL
RETAILER (15+ STORES)

Treats Unleashed
St. Louis, MO

BEST MERCHANDISING/
STORE DESIGN

Garden of The Paws
Centennial, CO

BEST LIVE ANIMAL
Avian Addiction LLC
Gainesville, FL

BEST MULTI-SERVICE
RETAILER

Wag Central
Stratford, CT

BEST INTERNET
MARKETING

Bay State Pet & Garden Supply
Taunton, MA

BEST COMMUNITY SERVICE/
OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIP

Holistic Pet Cuisine
Boca Raton, FL

BEST ECO-FRIENDLY
RETAILER

Agri Feed & Pet Supply
Knoxville, TN

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
Dog Krazy Inc.
Fredericksburg, VA

New Products Showcase Award Winners

At this year's Global Pet Expo New Products Showcase Awards, Best in Show, Second and Third Place awards were presented across nine categories. Here are the top place winners:

Aquatics
Best in Show
Zoo Med Dragon Bonsai Tree
Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc.
Boutique
Best in Show
Hoggin' Dogs Ice Cream Mix
Puppy Cake
Natural Pet
Best in Show
NO LEAKS! Biodegradable Recycled Cardboard Sifting Litter Trays
Greenlid
Bird
Best in Show
Bird Piñatas
Penn-Plax, Inc.
Cat
Best in Show
Raised Stress Free Cat Bowl
Necoichi Inc.
Point of Purchase
Best in Show
No-Hide® 2-Sided Tower Display
Earth Animal
Dog
Best in Show
Walkin' Scooter
Handicappedpets.com
Reptile
Best in Show
Lizard Lounger with Skull
Penn-Plax, Inc.
Small Animal
Best in Show
Capsule and Rover Pet Carriers
Petique, Inc.
Visit globalpetexpo.org to see a full list of winners!

EDUCATION

The 2020 Global Pet Expo Academy attracted a record 2,000 attendees. The Academy, managed by PIDA, featured 15 speakers offering 46 hours of free retailer education on trending topics such as marketing, social media, store design, and customer service. Likewise, the well-attended, 15-minute mini sessions took place in the New Products Showcase, and offered valuable information to attendees in a convenient location on the Show Floor.

NEW & NEWSWORTHY IN 2020

Reporter David Martin from FOX 35 Orlando’s “Good Day Orlando” went live from the Show Floor featuring many of this year’s hottest innovations! Global Pet Expo also made the news from such prestigious media outlets as AARP, CBS Affiliate, LA Times, Orlando Sentinel, Reader’s Digest, and Univision.
Dr. Courtney Campbell, famed veterinarian, distinguished veterinary surgeon and media personality, was the 2020 recipient of Global Pet Expo’s annual Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award. He was honored at the Purina® Media Reception, seen here with Joe Toscano, Vice President of Industry Development at Purina and APPA CEO Steve King.
APPA and PIDA combined booth space this year. This move streamlined the ability for members and attendees to interact with the Show’s organizers.
More social media influencers than ever before—both pet and human alike—took part in this year’s Show. Notable pet personalities, like Dunkin The Frenchie, walked the Show Floor sharing their own insights on the latest trends to their millions of fans on social media.
At the official Global Pet Expo Press Conference, APPA CEO Steve King reported that U.S. sales of pet products and services came in at an astonishing $95.7 billion in 2019. King also released initial findings from APPA’s National Pet Owners Survey Generational Report, a valuable resource with refined data specific to the behavior and preferences of various generations.

A BIG THANKS TO OUR 2020 GLOBAL PET EXPO SPONSORS!

Brilliant Salmon Oil

Caitec Corporation

Charlee Bear Pet Products

Crazy K Farm Pet & Poultry Products

Crown Media Family Networks

Earth Animal

Earthborn Holistic Pet Food

Ethical Products

F.M. Brown's Sons, Inc.

Fetch... for pets!

Fringe Studio

Gramercy Products

Grandma Mae's Country Naturals

Green Roads

H&C Animal Health

Health Extension Pet Care

Hill's Pet Nutrition

Instinct – The Raw Brand

Intelligent Devices, Inc.

K9 Crisp

Kennelmaster

Foods, Inc.

Leash Lock LLC

Link

LIQ

Maximus

Mendota

Products, Inc.

Merrick Pet Care

Moderna Products America

Natural Product Holdings

Nestle Purina

PetCare Company

Pet 'n Shape/Pet

Ventures, Inc.

Pet King Brands, Inc.

Pet Palette LLC

Petcurean Pet

Nutrition

Pets Add Life (PAL)

PetSafe

Skout's Honor

Solid Gold Pet

Stashios

Stella & Chewy’s

The Green Pet Shop

Tomlyn Products

WholesalePet.com

Woof Gang Bakery

WorldWise, Inc.

Yantai China Pet Foods Co., Ltd.

ZippyPaws

This year, we sponsored digital signage and a phone charging station in addition to hosting the kick-off media breakfast that we’ve hosted for six years. As Global Expo gets bigger each year, we find that these unique sponsorship opportunities help us raise awareness for our brand and our booth location, which increases foot traffic to our booth.
Jilliann Smith, Director of Communications, Merrick Pet Care
Global Pet Expo Sponsor since 2015

CAN'T WAIT TO
SEE YOU AGAIN AT
NEXT YEAR'S SHOW
MARCH 24-26, 2021

ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER
ORLANDO, FLORIDA