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 17, 2008
Tierra Griffiths / Julie Rowe
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First-Ever Pet Products Retailer Summit Scheduled for Global Pet Expo 2009

(Greenwich, CT.) - Andrew Darmohraj, Senior Vice President of the American Pet Products Association, announced today that for the first-time ever, a “Pet Products Retailer Summit” is planned for Global Pet Expo 2009 in Orlando, Florida.

For three days, the entire industry comes together at Global Pet Expo with thousands of retailers in one place, focused on growing their businesses. In an effort to expand on the traditional networking opportunities, this summit is designed to welcome free flowing discussion on any and all issues concerning retailers.  Given the current state of the economy, an event like the “Pet Products Retailer Summit” will prove to be a timely and valuable opportunity for attendees to interact and exchange ideas with one another.

 “There has never been a more important time for pet store owners to network and brainstorm,” Darmohraj said. “Offering retailers an open forum to share concerns and thoughts on the future of this industry brings a new level of interaction to the show.”

The “Pet Products Retailer Summit” will take place on Thursday, February 12, 2009 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in room W207C in the Orange County Convention Center. The program is for retailers only and will be moderated by Steve Miller of The Adventure. Registration can be completed online at or by calling 203-532-0000.


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Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2008 Show featured 796 exhibitors, over 2,300 booths and more than 825 new product launches. 4,000 pet product buyers from around the world attended. In 2009, Global Pet Expo will take place February 12-14 in Orlando, FL. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. For more information, visit