Announcing: Country-Specific Pavilions for International Exhibitors

With impressive growth at the premier industry event, the 2017 Show will feature for the first time country-specific pavilions for international exhibitors.

Pavilions from the United Kingdom, Canada, China and Taiwan will replace the International Pavilion, where previously multiple countries exhibited together in one space. Global Pet Expo officials also expect more than 100 additional international exhibitors to have a presence in the special sections and general Show Floor area where they will feature products that showcase international trends.

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The overall success of the Show is influenced by international participation and we’re happy to offer this exciting new opportunity to cultivate that influence.

Take a look at our floor plan to see the location each of the country-specific pavilions and plan to stop by during the Show in March.

Attention Exhibitors: Submit Your New Product in the New Products Showcase at Global Pet Expo!

Some of the industry’s most innovative, new products debut every year at Global Pet Expo in the popular New Products Showcase and this year, yours could too! This is also your opportunity to be considered for a coveted Best In Show Award.

New Product Showcase

Buyers and members of the media make a beeline for the New Products Showcase every year looking for the new, innovative and trendy products to hit shelves in 2017. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the largest new products showcase at any pet product industry trade show in the world.

New products can be submitted in the following categories:

  1. Aquatic
  2. Bird
  3. Boutique
  4. Cat
  5. Dog
  6. Natural Pet
  7. Reptile
  8. Small Animal
  9. Point of Purchase

To submit your product, please visit our website.

Winners will be announced during Global Pet Expo’s New Products Showcase Awards held on March 23, 2017 at 5pm.

Come One, Come All! Attendee Registration is Now Live!

If you’re a buyer, manufacturer rep, manufacturer or member of the media looking to attend the premier industry event, registration is open!

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Exhibitors:
If you are interested in being an exhibitor, you must be a current member of APPA or PIDA. If you’re already a member, visit our website to access the Exhibitor Space Application & Agreement.

Buyers:
Registration is free for all qualified buyers. If you have previously attended Global Pet Expo, login to your account and register yourself and colleagues. For new buyers, fill out and submit the New Buyer Qualification Form.

Manufacturer Reps:
Registration is also free for all qualified manufacturer representatives. Manufacturer Representatives are defined as independent third-party agents or companies who represent two or more manufacturers in a sales capacity. Manufacturer Reps may qualify and register here.

Members of the Press:
Global Pet Expo also provides press badges to qualified media to cover the Show! Registration is now open and you are encouraged to pre-register, as press who attempt to register on-site may be turned away if proper credentials are not verified. To learn more about who qualifies for a press badge, read our press credential qualifications.

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The Show That Means Business is happening March 22-24, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit the website.

For Buyers: Global Pet Expo’s Special Sections Make Finding What You’re Looking for Easy

Consider it a treasure map with everything you want marked with an X, or in Global Pet Expo’s case, a giant sign. Global Pet Expo Special Sections make navigating the vast Show Floor (equivalent to the size of 13 football fields) easier than ever!

Sections

IMG_3344Although we do recommend visiting every booth if you can, our color-coded floor plan and hanging Special Section signage helps to point you in the direction of products and companies that fit the genre of your interest.


What’s New!
is THE place to visit if you’re looking for first-time exhibitors with products brand new to the Global Pet Expo market

The Natural Pet
is one of the fastest growing specialty sections at Global Pet Expo and across the industry. Located in a new area in the far left of the show floor, this section is reserved for exhibitors who focus on holistic and natural pet products. If you’re interested in green, organic or environmentally friendly pet products, we suggest you add this to your list of destinations on the show floor.

The Boutique is designed with fashion-forward buyers in mind. Now in a new location on the show floor, buyers should head to the right of the entrance to take a walk on the trendy pink carpet if bling, flair and luxury pet products are your thing!IMG_3186

Everything Aquatic is fishing for new business! If you are in the market for
fresh, new aquatic products you’ll definitely want to head on over to this special section to test the waters.

The International Pavilion showcases exhibitors and products from across the globe. Visiting this section can open up your business to a world of new and exciting opportunities.

For more information about Special Sections visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

Planning Ahead: Global Pet Expo 2016

Although you do have a bit of time, it’s never too early to start planning to exhibit at the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. In fact, our 2016 Exhibitor Floor Plan is live on the website and the Booth Application is available online, so now is the perfect time to brush up on planning tips and make sure your Show experience is the best one yet!

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Because we know planning for the Show can be overwhelming, we’ve prepared some tips to help you get a few things out of the way:

  1. Review the Floor Plan and reserve your booth space

Securing your booth space is the first step toward a successful experience at Global Pet Expo and there is a reason we release it early. Plan ahead and secure your booth space now before we sell out!

  1. Assess booth space materials to determine 2016 needs

If you are a returning exhibitor, you probably have an idea of what your booth will look like. If you are a new exhibitor or you have new products or signage you want to display, it’s important to think about what you will want in your booth and what you will need to execute it well.

  1. Plan for Show marketing and promotion

Marketing materials take time to design and produce. Set aside time with your team to discuss what you will want at the Show, whether it is brochures, postcards, flyers or other materials. Brainstorm ideas for press kits in the press office. Think about budgeting for advertisements in the pet industry trades and note the dates that artwork will be due. Also, look into budgeting for the many great show sponsorship opportunities.

  1. Review the Show Rules

Make sure you are up to speed on things like official show dress code, age requirements, photography and more, which can all be found in the Show Rules.

  1. Decide what you will highlight at the Show

It’s always helpful to have something new, but it’s important to make sure it is the right product and it is done well. Think about packaging, images and presentation to ensure it is put together well enough to show buyers from some of the top retailers in the industry.

For more information about Global Pet Expo visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

A Special “Thank You” to Our Sponsors!

We would like to sincerely thank all of the sponsors that contributed to the success of this year’s Global Pet Expo. Every company has a different message they want to get out, and sponsorships are a great way to maximize results and stand above the crowd.

Show sponsorships range from light boxes and floor decals to hotel room keys and sponsoring private media events, serving as an excellent avenue for businesses to garner additional recognition and exposure among thousands of buyers and media in attendance.

This year’s sponsors included 29 companies from the pet industry.

Global Pet Expo would like to send a special shout out and a HUGE thank you to each of the following 2015 sponsors:

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For more information about Global Pet Expo 2016 sponsorship opportunities, visit www.globalpetexpo.org or contact Josh Vetere at 203-532-3652 or jvetere@americanpetproducts.org

Introducing the New Products Showcase winners from Global Pet Expo 2015

With nearly 1,000 new pet products entered into this year’s New Products Showcase, the buyers in attendance definitely had their work cut out for them in choosing the most innovative, useful, and groundbreaking products for 2015.New Product Showcase

Well, the votes are in, and the winners are…..

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AQUATICS

Best In Show

Central Garden & Pet

Aqueon JukeBox 5 Aquarium Kit


Second Place

BioBubble Pets

WonderBubble Bubble Tunnel Kit

Third Place

BioBubble Pets

Deco Cubes

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Best In Show

A&E Cage Co., LLC

All Natural Java Wood Bird Toys


Second Place

Valhoma Corporation

Chicken Harnesses: Pullet, Hen, Rooster

Third Place

Caitec Corporation

Large Perch N Go

833A8828BOUTIQUE

Best In Show

Dog Is Good

Tote Bags


Second Place

Kruuse A/S

B Seen 360

Third Place

Espree Animal Products, Inc.

Bark Art Creative Kit

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Best In Show

Innovation Pet, Inc.

Kitty Connection® Mouse Pounce ™


Second Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Vesper Cat Furniture

Third Place

Cats of Thrones

Toilet Seat for Cats

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Best In Show

Dexas International, Ltd.

Snack-DuO ™


Second Place

iFetch

iFetch Too!

Third Place

Petmatrix LLC

Butcher’s Cut

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Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Safe, strong and dogs love em…GORILLA CHEWS


Second Place

Puppy Cake

Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix

Third Place

Himalayan Corporation

Yaky Tops

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Best In Show

BioBubble Pets

Chameleon Cantina


Second Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Exo Terra Screen Terrarium

Third Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Exo Terra HabiSphere

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Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Every Kid’s Favorite Pastime………PETS


Second Place

Marshall Companion Pets

Bear Rug

Third Place

Ware Manufacturing

Escalating a Pig’s Lifestyle: RAMP IT UP!

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Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Build your pets house and $ave : DIY HOMES


Second Place

Himalayan Corporation

Himalayan Dog Chew POP

Third Place

Life is Good Pet by Planet Dog

Life is Good Branded Display

Global Pet Expo, Less Than a Week Away!

To everyone taking part in this exciting 2015 Show, we want to wish you one last ‘good luck’ and thank you all for making this industry so great!

As you all may or may not know, last year was an anniversary show for us and now we’re celebrating 11 years of Global Pet Expo. Hard to believe where we came from back in 2004 to where we are now, one of the fastest growing trade shows in the country, according to Trade Show Executive. Some of you have been with us from the beginning and it shows on your badges, and some of you are just joining us this year….either way, we want to thank you for your participation and give you some last minute motivation to get you psyched for your best show yet!

Although you may never feel fully prepared for the Show, we know you’ll do great! And Global Pet Expo staff will be onsite everywhere, but more specifically in the Show Office, Room W206A; Phone: (407) 685-4100. Should you need any assistance at all during the Show, please don’t hesitate to check in with us.

Go get ‘em, and try to have a little fun while you’re at it….we love this industry after all!

And just in case you still need some pumping up, here are a few of our tune picks for your listening pleasure.

Thanks again, see you at the Show!!

10 Tips for Live Tweeting at Global Pet Expo

You’ve designed your booth, printed press materials and buyer handouts, packed and shipped booth materials, and you’ve finally made it to the event. Now its time to meet new people, expand your network, and get your brand out there! To help connect with others and draw attention to your products and booth, Tweeting from the Show is a simple and easy option. Brush up on a few quick tips to help steer your Tweeting in the right direction throughout the three-day Show!

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  1. Know the hashtag

The official Show hashtag is #GlobalPetExpo and when incorporated into your Tweets, they will automatically be displayed on monitors throughout the show floor and convention center.

  1. Know your booth number!

As obvious as it might sound, including your booth number in Tweets will help guide buyers and media to your booth and products.

  1. Compile important Twitter handles in advance

Prior to the Show, do a little research and compile applicable buyer and media Twitter handles (handles are their account profile names) so you can follow and @ mention them with ease at the Show. We’ve even compiled a media list on our Global Pet Expo twitter page to help make it easier on who to reach out to.

  1. Share intriguing content

Show attendees are not turning to our Twitter monitors to see how you are enjoying that cappuccino (although, we certainly hope you are). They want to see intriguing content, and they want to know where they can find it. Showcase your products, people or your booth as a whole to make those 140 characters count.

  1. Join the conversation

The great thing about social media is that conversations can be a two-way street in real time. So, join the conversation. Talk to those who are actively engaging with you, answer questions and respond to comments in a timely manner.

  1. Invite attendees to your booth

While social engagements are great, nothing beats a meet and greet. Invite attendees to your booth to showcase and demo your products in-person and create lasting contacts. Don’t forget your booth number!

  1. Re-tweet your colleagues

Don’t just simply share content for yourself. If another show attendee has something great to say, favorite or re-tweet the information and increase your social and online presence.

  1. Ensure timely tweets

Our Twitter monitors will be displaying tweets using the official #GlobalPetExpo hashtag all three days The more people who contribute, the less time a tweet will remain visible on the screen. Make sure you tweet consistently all three days to remain seen and heard!

  1. Turn digital content into reality

Continue the conversation outside the walls of the Twittosphere. Ask your followers to come by your booth and chat, meet up on a break or schedule a post-show conversation.

  1. Keep track of conversations and contacts

Not everyone will have time to stop by your booth. Make the most of your social media engagements by keeping track of the names and Twitter handles of those you connect with during the show and follow up with them post-Show!

We look forward to seeing you at the Show and across our Twitter monitors soon! And, don’t forget to stay up-to-date on Global Pet Expo news and follow us at @GlobalPetExpo!

Global Pet Expo 2015 Schedule at a Glance

Global Pet Expo

March 4-6, 2015

Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, FL

Exhibit Hall Hours:       Wednesday, March 4:              9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
                                     Thursday, March 5:                  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
                                     Friday, March 6:                       9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3

Early Registration for Buyer Attendees

9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Registration Lobby B, Orange County Convention Center

Wednesday, March 4

Fifth Annual Global Pet Expo Media Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Press Office, Room W205, Orange County Convention Center

Sponsored by: Merrick Pet Care

Attend this media exclusive event as you pick up your press badge before the Show Floor opens! The complimentary breakfast will also feature a welcome from APPA Executive Vice President & COO, Andy Darmohraj.

Global Pet Expo Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Registration Concourse – Level 1, Orange County Convention Center

Sponsored by: Pet Product News

This event is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with fellow members of the press as well as exhibitors and buyers.

Thursday, March 5

Global Pet Expo Pet Industry Breakfast and Retailer Excellence Awards Ceremony

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Valencia Ballroom – Level 4, Orange County Convention Center

Attend this breakfast, open to all show attendees, and get the latest pet industry news from APPA President & CEO, Bob Vetere. The Retailer Excellence Awards will also be presented at this event. Breakfast is complimentary.
 

Global Pet Expo Press Conference and Luncheon

11:30 a.m.

Press Office, Room W205, Orange County Convention Center

Presented by: APPA & Bayer Healthcare LLC

This media-exclusive event will provide you with all the latest in pet industry news and initiatives, as well as an update on pet industry spending figures for 2014 and projections for 2015. APPA President & CEO, Bob Vetere, as well as representatives from Bayer Healthcare LLC will be featured speakers. This is the official press conference of Global Pet Expo 2015.

New Products Showcase “Best in Show” Awards Presentation

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Show Floor in New Products Showcase

You won’t want to miss this event as the winners of this year’s coveted Best in Show Awards are announced.

The Purina Media Reception at Global Pet Expo Honoring Xiomara Gonzalez-Govea of Animales 360

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Signature Room 1 at the Rosen Centre Hotel

Sponsored by: Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Mark your calendar for this premier reception at Global Pet Expo! Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at this media-exclusive event. Please wear your press badge to this event.
 

Friday, March 6

APPA Professional Women’s Network Breakfast featuring Kathy Ireland
7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Room: W209, Orange County Convention Center

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and presentation from model, actress and entrepreneur, Kathy Ireland.

Third Annual Media Wrap Up Luncheon

12:00 p.m.

Press Office, Room W205, Orange County Convention Center

As the Show comes to a close, APPA Executive Vice President & COO, Andy Darmohraj will reveal for the first time Show numbers including attendance, total number of booths, social media stats, and more! Information will also be provided on New Products Showcase Winners, and this will be the first chance to obtain photos from all of the events at Global Pet Expo 2015.