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October 11, 2016

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency

Global Pet Expo Recognized by Trade Show Executive as “Gold 100”

- The premier industry event, Global Pet Expo, Honored as one of TSE’s “Gold 100” Listing of the Top Shows of 2015” -

(Greenwich, CT) – As preparations for Global Pet Expo 2017 are well underway, Show officials are proud to report that the Show was named to Trade Show Executive Magazine’s (TSE) “Gold 100” honoring the 100 largest shows that “Set The Gold Standard” for the trade show industry.  As the only pet industry trade show honored, Global Pet Expo was ranked #61 among the small, exclusive list of trade shows that exceeded the size of thousands of other shows in exhibit space, exhibiting companies and attendance in 2015.  

     “Earning a coveted spot on TSE’s “Gold 100” is a true testament to the tireless efforts of our tremendous team and our loyal attendees and exhibitors that have all made the Show what it is today,” said American Pet Products Association (APPA) Executive Vice President & COO Andy Darmohraj. “Our continued growth in terms of Show size and attendance has further solidified Global Pet Expo as the must-attend industry event of the year.” He added, “To represent our great industry in this way is truly rewarding.” 

     APPA and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) will present the premier industry event, Global Pet Expo, March 22-24, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. As the first industry trade show of the year, the 2017 Show will feature more than 1,200 companies from around the world, showcasing the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. The Show is the largest pet products trade show in the United States showcasing 16 football fields’ worth of pet products, more than 3,000 product-launches and 150 first-time exhibiting companies. Also ranked one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation by TSE, the Show has grown in recent years with special sections like the “International Pavilions,” “Natural Pet,” “Boutique,” “Everything Aquatic,” and “What’s New!” drawing specialty manufacturers and attendees alike. 

     The 2016 Show featured 6,170buyers, 1,087 exhibitors and 3,218 booths sold – the highest post-show numbers to date. Total Show attendance came to 15,478 people, and the extended exhibit space to accommodate the growing number of booths and attendees came in at 320,000 net square feet, (nearly 10,000 feet larger than 2015). On a truly global front, 21% of exhibitors were international, making up 233 of the 1,087 exhibitors. An impressive 24% of buyers were from outside of the U.S., coming from 76 countries – continuing to position Global Pet Expo as a key trading opportunity for companies from around the world. The Global Pet Expo Academy Seminars also enjoyed impressive growth with a 20% spike in attendance at 1,400 participants. 

     Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. This show is not open to the general public. For more information, please 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 2016 Show featured 1,087 exhibitors, 3,218 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,170 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 2017 Show will take place March 22-24, 2017 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 1,200 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), the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)and the Pet Care Trust.  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.