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

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March 13, 2019

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency


Global Pet Expo
March 20-22, 2019
Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, FL

Exhibit Hall Hours:        
Wednesday, March 20:              9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 21:                  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, March 22:                       9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Wednesday, March 20

Ninth 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, Booths 1057 & 1375


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 (an APPA Initiative)

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 feature elements from PAL’s exciting online campaign charged with growing responsible pet ownership. 


Thursday, March 21 

Retailer Round Table Discussions & Retailer Excellence Awards Ceremony
7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Room W206

Attendees will start the day by honoring outstanding pet specialty stores at the Eighth-Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. Immediately following will be the NEW Retailer Roundtable Discussions, which include peer-to-peer roundtable conversations about the hottest topics impacting pet product retailers.


Purina Pet Care Innovation Prize Event
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
New Products Showcase 

Join attendees for the 2019 Pet Care Innovation Prize Grand Prize pitch event. See five startups pitch their businesses live to a team of judges that includes active investors, industry media and the pet care category leaders at Purina. The Grand Prize winner will be announced during the event earning a cash prize and the opportunity to partner with Purina.  

Global Pet Expo Press Conference and Luncheon
Start time: 12:00 p.m.
Press Office, Room W205, Orange County Convention Center
Presented by: APPA & Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation


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 2019 and projections for 2020 from APPA President & CEO, Bob Vetere. APPA will also discuss its new partnership with the Animal Rescue Foundation.


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. Evan Antin
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Signature Room 1 at the Rosen Centre Hotel
Sponsored by: Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Booth 1935

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 22

APPA Young Professionals Education Breakfast
7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   
Room: W209, Orange County Convention Center
Sponsored by: APPA Young Professionals


The APPA Young Professionals' mission is to promote career path development of young professionals in the pet industry through networking opportunities.  For the very first time, the APPA Young Professionals will host a special education session and breakfast featuring dynamic speaker, Connor Lokar, a Program Economist at ITR Economics with an ability to relate to the next generation of business leaders.


Seventh Annual Media Wrap Up Lunch
Start time: 12:00 p.m.
Press Office, Room W205, Orange County Convention Center
Sponsored by: Litter Genie, Booth 6453


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 2019. This is a media-exclusive.

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.