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

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February 12, 2018

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency


Global Pet Expo
March 21-23, 2018
Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, FL

Exhibit Hall Hours:        
Wednesday, March 21:              9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 22:                  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, March 23:                       9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Wednesday, March 21

Eighth 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 Petworking Reception
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Registration Concourse – Level 1, Orange County Convention Center
Sponsored by: Pets Add Life

This event is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with fellow members of the press as well as exhibitors and buyers. This year’s event will also feature elements from PAL’s exciting new campaign, The Committee for the Rapid Advancement of Pets. 


Thursday, March 22 

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 complimentary breakfast, the Retailer Excellence Awards will be presented, followed by round-table discussions on the hottest topics in the pet industry. Please wear your badge.

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 Animal Health
Sponsored by: Bayer Animal Health

As the official press conference for Global Pet Expo, this media-only event will provide you with all the latest in pet industry news as well as an exclusive update on pet industry spending figures from 2017 and projections for 2018 from APPA President & CEO, Bob Vetere.  

The event’s sponsor, Bayer will also be announcing a new special program. Your readers can help animal shelters and rescues give pets the best possible care by simply posting a photo. Join Bayer and to get the full details about how the two organizations are partnering to support healthy pet adoptions – and how you can get your readers involved.


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 Brandon McMillan
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Signature Room 1 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 23

APPA Professional Women’s Network Breakfast featuring by Shama Hyder
8:00 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 best-selling author and visionary strategist for the digital age, Shama Hyder.


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

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 2018. This is a media-exclusive event.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Break Stations
Sponsored by: Halo, Purely for Pets


Exclusively available to media, members of the press are encouraged to take advantage of the refreshments offered throughout the day in the Press Office. Whether you're catching up with your peers, posting a story or just need a break, this is the perfect place to grab a snack and some coffee to keep you energized. 

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 2017 Show featured 1,130 exhibitors, 3,437 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,761 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 2018 Show will take place March 21-23, 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.