The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) have announced Global Pet Expo, the premier international gathering for the pet products industry, will take place March 22-24, 2023, in Orlando, Fla. The show has “Everything You Need” to discover the latest pet products, reinvigorate your business and reimagine how we support our beloved pets.
For nearly two decades, Global Pet Expo has brought together pet products manufacturers, importers, retailers, distributors, thought leaders and creative minds advancing the $123.6 billion pet care industry. The floor plan, hotel reservations and booth applications for Global Pet Expo 2023 are now live, with buyer registration opening in early September and media registration in mid-October.
“Global Pet Expo 2022 was a resounding success, with a show floor spanning 269,500 net square feet of exhibit space, over 770 exhibiting companies, nearly 2,700 booths and 700 submissions in the New Products Showcase and more than 5,400 buyers,” said Bob Merar, interim CEO of APPA. “The APPA and PIDA teams were extremely pleased with this year’s turnout and participation from the pet care community, and we are already hard at work making the 2023 event even bigger and better!”
The show–held in the south concourse of the Orange County Convention Center–is open to qualified pet product retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers and other qualified pet professionals. Global Pet Expo 2023 will feature a larger show floor with expanded specialty sections in Natural Pet, The Boutique and What’s New to meet demand in these trending product categories. Registration includes access to the exhibits and new product launches, along with opportunities to network, grow your business and attend education sessions.
“As longtime pet store proprietors, we are always looking forward to attending Global Pet Expo, which serves as a meeting and catching-up opportunity for a lot of us,” said Jusak Yang Bernhard, co-owner of Wag Heaven Pet Supplies & Self-Serve Dog Wash (Georgetown, Texas). “It is one of the must-dos if we are to understand, be a part of, and grow within the pet industry, and we are so grateful that Global Pet Expo provides us with a wealth of opportunities.”
In addition, Global Pet Expo offers a three-day Global Learning Series program, free and open to all attendees. Sessions focus on specific knowledge areas, including customer experience, human resources, leadership, market data & insights, PR and marketing and profitability and growth. Submissions are open for speakers to present during this robust educational program. Interested participants can learn more and submit a speaker submission form here by Aug. 31, 2022.
“From information relevant to successful management of a retail pet store to the latest data in pet ownership and more, the Global Learning Series offers educational opportunities for any and all Global Pet Expo attendees,” said Celeste Powers, president of PIDA. “We look forward to receiving speaker submissions in order to provide this year’s attendees with relevant, timely and engaging content.”
Hotel reservations and booth applications for Global Pet Expo 2023 are now available. Buyer registration will open in early September, followed by media registration in mid-October. For more information, visit globalpetexpo.org or follow us on Facebook,Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
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