Making its debut August 24-25, 2016, at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the new P3|Progressive Pet Products trade show exhibitor ranks are filling up with top-quality pet food brands. Headlining the list of new exhibitor commitments are Blue Buffalo, Mars Petcare, and Nestle Purina.
“Pet care spending in the U.S. is at an all-time high. Pet parents are tuned in and paying close attention when it comes to the quality of their pets’ health and are proving time and again that they are willing to spend the extra money to ensure that they are purchasing high-quality food and treats, which affects their pets’ overall health and well-being,” says Dean Russo, group show director, P3|Progressive Pet Products, produced by Urban Expositions. “We’re excited to bring leading pet nutrition brands to the region’s retailers this summer.”
In addition to Blue Buffalo, Mars Petcare and Nestle Purina, P3 has secured the participation of several leading pet nutrition brands for its debut edition. Among them, Annamaet Pet Foods, Breeders Choice Pet Foods, Canidae Pet Food, Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co., Higgins Premium Pet Food, Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance, Nature’s Logic, NutriLife Pet Food, Petcurean, Raw Bistro, Stella & Chewys, Tuffy’s Pet Foods and Victor Super Premium Pet Food.
Pet food and treats are just one segment of the show roster. With a spotlight on the newest products entering the marketplace, P3 will showcase pet toys, gifts, grooming and training items and much more for the dog, cat, aquatic and equine sectors.
A key highlight area of the show will be a special Incubator Feature Area showcasing prototypes and product innovations from brand new companies (less than 2 years in business) and inventors. The Incubator Feature Area will serve as an interactive forum for new manufacturers and inventors to exchange ideas and receive feedback from attending retailers on their designs and in turn for retailers to get a sneak peek at the latest innovations and product designs. See the newest innovations from A Pet with Paws, Bio Urn 4 Pets, Chews Happiness, Knots of Fun Happy-Hands Happy Dogs, Nature Side Cat, Pet Me, Poochie Boots, Prim-enove and many others.
In addition to a fresh new selection, retailers will also find exceptional educational programs and networking events all under one roof in Chicago, one of America’s top destination cities.
Pre-registered retailers can attend the complimentary keynote address by Bill Rancic, New York Times author and winner of NBC’s “The Apprentice” as well as gather new ideas at the innovative two-day Independent Retailer Conference. An industry networking event is also scheduled following the close of the show on Wednesday, August 24 at the Landshark Beer Garden at Navy Pier from 5:30-7:30 pm. This event is open to registered retailers and exhibitors.
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