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November 12, 2012

Julie Rowe or Jamie Brant

Global Pet Expo Receives Trade Show Executive’s 2011 Gold 100 Award for the Fourth Year in a Row

- Prestigious award honors the 100 shows that set the gold standard for the trade show industry-

Greenwich, CTAndy Darmohraj, American Pet Products Association (APPA) Senior Vice President, is pleased to announce that Global Pet Expo has been awarded Trade Show Executive’s 5th Annual Gold 100 Award for the fourth year in a row.  

Global Pet Expo, the world’s largest annual pet products trade show, is presented by APPA and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2011 Show took place March 16-18 in Orlando, Fl. and featured 2,380 booths covering 238,000 net square feet, 4,691 pet product buyers, 835 exhibitors and more than 3,000 new product launches. Global Pet Expo is a gathering of attendees from around the world representing the leading retail chains, pet superstores and mass-market retailers, distributors, wholesalers and independent retailers. These attendees spend three days surveying the hottest pet products before they hit store shelves, and in 2011 they witnessed everything from doggie exercise equipment and hi-tech gadgets to the latest aquatic pets…jellyfish. Each year thousands of new products are launched and debuted at Global Pet Expo. 

“We realize this prestigious award honors trade shows across all industries including food, auto, and technology, and not only are we thrilled that the pet industry has recognition among the others, but that our Show, Global Pet Expo, is honored with them,” said Darmohraj. “The 2011 Show made the move to an all-weekday schedule versus Thursday through Saturday in previous years and we know that contributed greatly to the success of the show, as buyer attendance is critical to overall success.” 

The rankings were compiled by Trade Show Executive’s editorial team during a year-long process of gathering data and obtaining certified statements of accuracy from the organizers. 

Darmohraj added, “The staff that makes Global Pet Expo a success year after year works diligently year-round, listening to members and attendees from the previous year to ensure each and every Show is better than the last. We are very honored for this acknowledgement from Trade Show Executive.” 

The 2013 Global Pet Expo will take place Wednesday-Friday, February 20- 22, 2013 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center. For details, visit


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 2012 Show featured 896 exhibitors, 2,487 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 5,011 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 2013 Show will take place February 20-22, 2013 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,000 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. Visit for more information.