March 20-22, 2019
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)

APPA Member Services Events at Global Pet Expo

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**Registration is currently closed.
You are still welcome to attend. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first served basis.** 


TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018 

Retail Market Tour

Time: 7:45am-12:30pm 
Location: Room W207A
Cost to attend: $65 per person

Presented by: Dave Bolen

Join us for a tour of 4 local retail outlets to see in-store merchandising strategy in practice.  With more than 30 years of retail management experience and over a decade as an executive at Petco and Pet Supplies Plus, our on-board moderator, Dave Bolen, will guide you through each stop, answering questions and offering insights about the U.S. marketplace, trends, and tips for success. The tour includes market briefing, and bus transportation.  




Channel Trends and the Online Onslaught

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

Presented by: David Sprinkle, Packaged Facts

Updating last year’s Global Pet Expo presentation, Packaged Facts will cover trends in pet owner shopping and spending across brick-and-mortar channels and through websites/mobile apps, with a focus on dog and cat products. This data-rich discussion will compare online/mobile shopper patterns to those for pet specialty and mass-market retailers, and also address the changing role of the veterinarian channel in pet product shopping and promotion.


APPA National Pet Owners Survey: Generational Report – Volume 2 Debut!

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

Presented by:  Fran Berger & Julie Springer, APPA Research Analysts

Get a first look at the newest volume of APPA’s Generational Report! Come learn what makes Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers and Builders tick when it comes to their pets. This seminar will feature a topline look at pet ownership by generation, including spending, attitudinal, and pet product and service usage data. The presentation will also include a snapshot look at the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey data.

Global Trends and Developments in the Pet Care Market

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

Presented by: Jared Koerten, Lead Research Analyst, Pet Care, 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, Jarek Koerten, Lead Research Analyst for Pet Care 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, Jared will highlight key opportunities and future prospects for the industry. 


New Member Welcome

Thursday, March 22, 2018
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.


Business Edge Meet-Up

Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 8:30am
Location: APPA Member Services Booth #2401
Cost to attend: FREE

Introduction by  Bob Vetere, President of the American Pet Products Association
Moderated by Dave Bolen

APPA’s new Business Edge program combines educational webcasts, market updates, and networking opportunities to help our members navigate the nuances of the pet industry. 

Business Edge networking events offer you a way of connecting with your peers and industry influencers to hear the latest industry buzz.  Please join us at Global Pet Expo for refreshments and mingling in the APPA Member Services booth #2401 on Friday, March 23 at 8:30am.    


**Sign up for consulations is currently closed.  If you would like to make an appointment, please visit the APPA Member Services Booth #2401.**



Developing & Managing Your Global Supply Chain

This 5-part program launching at Global Pet Expo is designed to help APPA members travel beyond their borders and expand their international footprint.  Whether you are new to international business or looking to improve your current strategy, APPA’s international trade experts at Blue Tiger International offer a program tailored to your business needs.  

Join them for a complimentary session up to 60-minutes to:

  • Assess your export readiness
  • Identify cost reduction opportunities
  • Determine current risk levels and strategies to mitigate risks 

For more information on the Developing & Managing Your Global Supply Chain series, click here.


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 of BirdsEye Consulting/MHT Partners and Craig Lawson, founder of MHT Partners.   

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

  • What is my company worth today?
  • What are the most important things I can do NOW to increase the value of my pet business?
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes sellers make when selling their company?  How can I avoid those mistakes?
  • What are the advantages of growing through acquiring other pet companies?  How would I identify acquisition targets?
  • Is raising equity the right form of growth capital?  If so, how can I go about doing that?

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

Appointments are available with: