March 22-24, 2023
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)

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January 18, 2016

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency


Global Pet Expo
March 16-18, 2016
Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, FL

Exhibit Hall Hours:        
Wednesday, March 16:              9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 17:                  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, March 18:                       9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Wednesday, March 16

Sixth 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

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 Networking Reception
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Registration Concourse – Level 1, Orange County Convention Center
Sponsored by: Dogster Magazine

This event is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with fellow members of the press as well as exhibitors and buyers. 


Thursday, March 17 

Global Pet Expo Pet Industry Breakfast and Retailer Excellence Awards Ceremony
7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Valencia Ballroom – Level 4, Orange County Convention Center
Attend this breakfast, open to all show attendees, and get the latest pet industry news from APPA President & CEO, Bob Vetere. The Retailer Excellence Awards will also be presented at this event. Breakfast is complimentary.

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

This media-exclusive event will provide you with all the latest in pet industry news and initiatives, as well as an update on pet industry spending figures for 2015 and projections for 2016. APPA President & CEO, Bob Vetere, as well as representatives from Bayer will be featured speakers. This is the official press conference of Global Pet Expo 2016. 

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. Heather Loenser
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Signature Room 1 & Poolside at the Rosen Centre Hotel
Sponsored by: Nestle Purina PetCare Company

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, March 18

APPA Professional Women’s Network Breakfast featuring Christie Rampone 
7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  
Room: W209, Orange County Convention Center
Sponsored by: APPA Professional Women’s Network & APPA Young Professionals
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and special presentation from Christie Rampone, the captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and a five-time world champion.

Fourth Annual Media Wrap Up Lunch
Start time: 12:00 p.m.
Press Office, Room W205, Orange County Convention Center
Sponsored by: Afilias

As the Show comes to a close, APPA Executive Vice President & COO, Andy Darmohraj will reveal for the first time Show numbers including attendance, total number of booths, social media stats, and more! Information will also be provided on New Products Showcase Winners, and this will be the first chance to obtain photos from all of the events at Global Pet Expo 2016. 

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. It is a six-time Gold 100 Award recipient, Grand Award recipient and Fastest 50 recipient, all from Trade Show Executive as well as two award recipient from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. 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 bondVisit for more information.