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September 17, 2014

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency

Thousands of Attendees Expected to Unleash Their Business Potential at Global Pet Expo 2015

- The Pet Industry’s Largest Annual Trade Show, Global Pet Expo, is set to take place March 4-6, 2015 in Orlando, Fla. –

Who:   The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) Present Global Pet Expo.
When:   Show Dates: March 4-6, 2015

Wednesday and Thursday: 9 am - 6 pm, Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

New Products Showcase Awards Presentation: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 5pm


With 82.5 million pet-owning households in the U.S., consumers continue to look for the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. Global Pet Expo is the first pet products trade show of 2015, and is an amazing opportunity for qualified media and buyers to see first-hand all the hottest new pet products before they hit store shelves.

Global Pet Expo 2015 is expected to be another fantastic event. The 10th Annual Show, which took place in March 2014, featured 5,597 buyers, more than 3,000 new pet product launches, 985 exhibitors and 2,896 booths sold – the highest post-show numbers to date. Total Show attendance came to nearly 14,000 people, with 289,600 net square feet of exhibit space. On a truly global front, 16% of exhibitors were international, making up 156 of the 985 exhibitors. An impressive 27% of buyers were from outside of the U.S., coming from 76 countries. To put those numbers in perspective, Global Pet Expo ranks #76 in size out of the 10,000 shows that take place annually in the U.S., according to Trade Show News Network (TSNN). Global Pet Expo was also named one of the fastest growing trade shows for attendance, earning a spot on Trade Show Executive magazine’s 2014 Fastest 50 list.

In 2015, nearly 1,000 companies from around the world will showcase products for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. Ranked one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation by Trade Show Executive Magazine, the Show has also grown in recent years with added special sections including the “International Pavilion,” “Natural Pet,” “Boutique,” “Everything Aquatic,” and “What’s New!”

The New Products Showcase provides exhibitors the opportunity to highlight their newest lines, and gives attendees a chance to preview all the newest products hitting the industry in one location at the Show.  This 30,000 square foot space on the trade show floor is set aside to recognize the year's best creative efforts in New Product and Point-of-Purchase Displays. With nearly 1,000 entries expected, this is the largest new products showcase at any pet product industry trade show in the world. The New Products Showcase “Best in Show” awards are the most coveted awards given in the industry. Winners will be announced at the Fifth Annual New Products Showcase Awards presentation. In order to be eligible to win, products must be entered in the New Products Showcase.

There’s no better place to experience the power of the pet industry than at Global Pet Expo! Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals, making it the most important gathering of buyers, pet product manufacturers, and international attendees in the U.S. The Show is not open to the general public. Press registration will open November 1, 2014 at

Where:   The Show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The New Products Showcase Awards Presentation takes place on the Show Floor in the New Products Showcase section.



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 2014 Show featured 985 exhibitors, 2,896 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 5,597 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 2015 Show will take place March 4-6, 2015 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 1,100 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. 

Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented 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. Visit for more information.