BY NORA CALEY
Global Pet Expo will have new exhibits and new items,
including many for the grocery channel.
Global Pet Expo gets bigger every year, and that cre- ates opportunities not only for pet specialty stores look- ing for innovative products, but also for grocery stores that know they need to keep up with trends. Many of the exhibitors will present products and brands that are
made specifically for the grocery channel.
One new show feature is an emphasis on global. Officials from the
American Pet Products Association (APPA), which presents Global
Pet Expo with the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), say
that this year an international model will replace the International
Pavilion—where multiple countries exhibited together in one space.
Instead, there will be country-specific pavilions for international exhibitors, and overall booth space is projected to be 25 percent larger than
the pavilion in 2016. Officials expect more than 100 additional international exhibitors in the special sections and general show floor, and
buyer attendance will represent 76 countries.
Those increases follow a trend of an already growing show. The 2016
Global Pet Expo had more than 320,000 net square feet of exhibit space,
6,170 buyers, more than 3,000 new pet product launches, 1,087 exhibitors and 3,218 booths sold. Overall attendance totaled 15,478 people.
This year’s Global Pet Expo will take place March 22-24 at the
Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Here are some of
this year’s exhibitors and what they will present.
A SHOW OF
Global Pet Expo | March 22-24 | Orlando, Florida