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

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November 2, 2020

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency

Global Pet Expo 2021 “Packed With Opportunities” for Attendees

- The Pet Industry’s Premier Event, Global Pet Expo, will take place March 24-26, 2021 -

(Stamford, CT) – American Pet Products Association (APPA) COO and Executive Vice President Andy Darmohraj confirmed today that Global Pet Expo, presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), will be taking place during the scheduled show dates, March 24–26, 2021. While organizers of the premier industry event are working towards holding a live event at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL, they are also exploring other options including digital platforms and hybrid models. 

Darmohraj said, “With the ever-changing impact of COVID-19, we are committed to being adaptable to ensure Global Pet Expo participants have a successful and safe experience. That said, I can confidently say that the Show will most definitely go on.” He added, “Bringing the industry back together is paramount as we all continue to navigate the new landscape of doing business. There’s no better place to connect with industry thought leaders, share ideas and gain the education needed to succeed in these challenging times than at Global Pet Expo.” 

Packed With Opportunities, Global Pet Expo will feature more than 1,000 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 will be highlighted by more than 3,000 product-launches and nearly 300 first-time exhibiting companies. Ranked one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation by Trade Show Executive Magazine, the Show also includes the following special sections; Natural PetBoutiqueEverything Aquatic, What’s New! and the New Products Showcase.

The New Products Showcase gives exhibitors the opportunity to highlight their newest lines and provides attendees a chance to preview all the newest products hitting the industry in one location.  This special section recognizes the year's best creative efforts in New Product and Point-of-Purchase Displays. With nearly 1,000 entries, 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 are announced at the Annual New Products Showcase Awards presentation. 

Also contributing to the diverse and dynamic offerings available during Global Pet Expo, attendees can attend free, educational programs through the Global Learning Series. This comprehensive program incorporates learning events for all attendees including retailers, distributors and manufacturers on one of five pathways: The Retailer Success Series, formerly known as the Global Pet Expo Academy; Learning Series Workshops; Paws2Learn; APPA Learning Experiences; and Market Research Sessions. The five pathways feature learning under specific Knowledge Areas including leadership, customer experience, public relations and marketing, human resources, profitability and growth, and other hot topics.

Darmohraj added, “We are looking to our 2021 event with great optimism and enthusiasm, and look forward to the interaction, engagement and opportunities that remain the cornerstone of taking part in Global Pet Expo.”

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 and updates on the Show’s format, please visit Please note, media registration goes live November 2, 2020.


Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s premier event, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2020 Show featured 1,066 exhibitors, 3,541 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,041 pet product buyers from 78 countries attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2021 Show will take place March 24-26. 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 1,100 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. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Pets and Vets Program, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust.  Visit for more information. 

Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) is the premier trade association representing 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. PIDA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), and the Pet Care Trust. Visit for more information.