The show, which took place Sept. 19â€“21 in Rosemont, Illinois, saw more than 5,600 registered pet industry buyers and 468 exhibitor booths. Highlights of the show included educational opportunities, a pet retail store mock-up and product innovation awards.
2013 numbers were slightly higher: 6,500 registered attendees and 693 booths. However, "With such varied sectors as our New Exhibitor Area and All-Natural Area—along with features like the Smart Zone Education Stations and the Pet Store on the Floor—the show remains a vital part of the pet industry calendar, both in terms of order-writing events and networking opportunities,” said Patty Backer, president of H.H. Backer Associates.
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