American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)

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January 2, 2020

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency


Global Pet Expo
February 26-28, 2020
Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, FL

Exhibit Hall Hours:        
Wednesday, February 26:              9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, February 27:                  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, February 28:                       9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Wednesday, February 26

Tenth Annual Global Pet Expo Media Breakfast
Start time: 8:00 a.m.
Press Office, Room W205, Orange County Convention Center
Sponsored by: Merrick Pet Care, Booths 1701 & 1709

Attend this media exclusive event as you pick up your press badge before the Show Floor opens! The complimentary breakfast will also feature a welcome from APPA Executive Vice President & COO, Andy Darmohraj. 

Global Pet Expo Petworking Reception
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Registration Concourse – Level 1, Orange County Convention Center
Sponsored by: Pets Add Life (an APPA Initiative)

This event is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with fellow members of the press as well as exhibitors and buyers. This year’s event will feature elements from PAL’s exciting online campaign charged with growing responsible pet ownership. 


Thursday, February 27 

Retailer Excellence Awards Ceremony
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Room W206

Attendees will start the day with a healthy buffet breakfast while outstanding pet specialty stores are honored with the Ninth Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. Immediately following will be the Retailer Roundtable Discussions, where expert Global Pet Expo Academy speakers will facilitate peer-to-peer roundtable conversations about the hottest topics impacting pet product retailers.


Purina Pet Care Innovation Prize Event
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
New Products Showcase 

Join attendees for the 2020 Pet Care Innovation Prize Grand Prize pitch event. See five startups pitch their businesses live to a team of judges that includes active investors, industry media and the pet care category leaders at Purina. The Grand Prize winner will be announced during the event earning a cash prize and the opportunity to partner with Purina.  


Global Pet Expo Press Conference and Luncheon
Start time: 12:00 p.m.
Press Office, Room W205, Orange County Convention Center
Presented by: APPA 


As the official press conference for Global Pet Expo, this media-only event will provide you with all the latest in pet industry news as well as an exclusive update on pet industry spending figures from 2019 from APPA CEO, Steve King.


New Products Showcase “Best in Show” Awards Presentation 
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Show Floor by New Products Showcase

You won't want to miss this event as the winners of this year's coveted Best in Show Awards are announced. 


The Purina Media Reception at Global Pet Expo Honoring Dr. Courtney Campbell
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Signature Room 1 at the Rosen Centre Hotel
Sponsored by: Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Booth 1935

Mark your calendar for this premier reception at Global Pet Expo! Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at this media-exclusive event. Please wear your press badge to this event. 


Friday, February 28

Start time: 9:00 a.m.
Press Office, Room W205, Orange County Convention Center

Before you hit the Show Floor one last time as the 2020 Show comes to a close, please join us for a fun-filled, delicious breakfast. This event will feature prize giveaways and APPA Executive Vice President & COO Andy Darmohraj will reveal some initial numbers from this year’s Show. This will also be the first opportunity to gain access to Show photos and to meet with Global Pet Expo officials to help wrap up your coverage. This is a media-exclusive event.





Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2019 Show featured 1,174 exhibitors, 3,604 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 7,029 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2020 Show will take place February 26-28, in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit 

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,300 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Pets and Vets program, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust.  Visit for more information. 

Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) is the premier trade association representing the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bond. PIDA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust. Visit for more information.