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July 13, 2015

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency

All Trails Lead Here: Global Pet Expo 2016

- The Pet Industry’s Largest Annual Trade Show, Global Pet Expo, is set to take place March 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. –

Who:   The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) present the pet industry's largest annual trade show, Global Pet Expo.
When:   Show Dates: March 16-18, 2016

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

New Products Showcase Awards Presentation: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 5pm


With industry spending expected to top $60 billion in 2015, consumers are increasingly spending on the furry, feathered, and scaly members of their household. Global Pet Expo is the first pet products trade show of 2016, and gives qualified media and buyers a first-hand opportunity to find all the hottest new pet products to share with the eager pet-owning population, before they hit store shelves. 

The 2015 Show opened its doors to more than 311,300 net square feet of exhibit space, making it the biggest Global Pet Expo in its eleven years.  There was growth across the board as Global Pet Expo featured 6,061 buyers in attendance, an 8.3 percent increase over last year, more than 3,000 new pet product launches, 1,051 exhibitors and 3,113 booths sold – the highest Show numbers to date. Total show attendance came to nearly 15,500 people.

Global Pet Expo also recently received a spot on Trade Show Executive (TSE) magazine’s Fastest 50 list as one of top fastest growing trades shows (in attendance) across all industries, and has been recognized for the past six years with the TSE Annual Gold 100 Award. The Show has even received a ‘Best Use of Social Media’ award from TSE as well as awards for its sponsorship development program and Exhibitor prospectus from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).  

In 2016, more than 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 in various special sections on the Show floor, including the “International Pavilion,” “Natural Pet,” “Boutique,” “Everything Aquatic,” and “What’s New!” section.   

Another much anticipated highlight of the 2016 Show is sure to be the New Products Showcase, which provides pet product manufacturers 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 Sixth 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! All trails lead here. 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 opens November 1, 2015 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 2015 Show featured 1,051 exhibitors, 3,113 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,061 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 2016 Show will take place March 16-18, 2016 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.