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

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July 7, 2011
Tierra Bonaldi / Julie Rowe / Jamie Brant
The Impetus Agency

It’s Show Time! Officials from Global Pet Expo, the Pet Industry’s Largest Annual Trade Show, Set to Reveal the Hottest New Pet Products of 2012 at a Red Carpet Event, the “Best in Show” Awards

- Thousands of buyers and media expected to attend Global Pet Expo 2012, February 29- March 2 in Orlando, FL –


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) Present Global Pet Expo



Show Dates: February 29-March 2, 2012

Wednesday and Thursday: 9 am - 6 pm, Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

New Products Showcase Awards Presentation: Thursday, March 1, 2012, 5 pm


What:Global Pet Expo, the pet industry's largest annual trade show, will feature the newest, most innovative pet products on the market today. With 62% of American households in the U.S. owning at least one pet, this is your opportunity to inform your audience of the hottest pet products before they hit store shelves. And there's no better place to experience the power of the pet industry than at Global Pet Expo!

According to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), there are 13,000 trade shows in the U.S. every year and Trade Show Executive Magazine has ranked Global Pet Expo #82 in total net square footage, making this Show one of the top 100 in the exhibition industry. And the 2012 Show is expected to be one of the biggest to date, following the success of the 2011 Global Pet Expo with 238,000 net square feet of paid exhibit space, and record attendance with buyers and media alike.

More than 800 companies from around the world will showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. Global Pet Expo features 11 football fields' worth of pet products, more than 3,000 product launches and 150 first-time exhibiting companies. Special sections on the show floor include Everything Aquatic, The Natural Pet, The Boutique, What's New!, International Pavilion, and New Products Showcase.

The New Products Showcase gives exhibitors the opportunity to highlight their newest lines, and gives attendees a chance to check out all the newest products hitting the industry in one location at the Show.  This 30,000 square foot space on the trade show floor is set aside to recognize the year's best creative efforts in New Product and Point-of-Purchase Displays. With hundreds of 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 at the Show. Winners will be announced at the Second Annual New Products Showcase Awards presentation. In order to be eligible to win, products must be entered in the New Products Showcase.

Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals, making it the most important gathering of buyers, pet product manufacturers, and international attendees in the U.S. The Show is not open to the general public.


The Show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. New Products Showcase Awards Presentation takes place on the Show Floor by New Products Showcase. 


 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 2011 Show featured 835 exhibitors, 2,380 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 4,691 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. 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 nearly1,000 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.