One of the best things about being a pet writer and living in Orlando is getting to attend Global Pet Expo each year. Writing about dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, and other critters and living near one of the hottest convention destinations makes it the perfect storm for me. Global Pet Expo comes to the Orange County Convention Center every spring, and I’m always at the trade show scoping out the latest and greatest products for pet parents and their furry and feathered friends.
So what exactly is Global Pet Expo? Here are some stats:
- Global Pet Expo, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). It’s the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, and it features all of the newest, most innovative pet products.
- In 2014, Global featured 985 exhibitors, 2,896 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. While I cover the show from a media perspective, it’s a mecca for industry buyers, 5,597 of whom attended last year.
- Global Pet Expo attracts all the big names in the pet industry, but it’s open to smaller companies, too. However, it’s not open to the general public.
- More than 900 companies flock to Global to showcase their wares for every type of animal, from cats and dogs to small pets to birds, reptiles, and horses. Everything is spread out in over 13 football fields of space. There will be around 3,000 product launches and 150 companies exhibiting for the first time.
- Global Pet Expo is ranked one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation by Trade Show Executive Magazine. In recent years, it has added special sections like the International Pavilion, Natural Pet,” “Boutique, Everything Aquatic, and What’s New! areas.
- Companies compete for coveted “Best in Show” awards each year.
Stepping on the trade floor of Global is like entering an endless paradise for pet lovers. There’s every kind of toy, treat, pet food, grooming product, and anything else you could ever imagine. Watch Doggone Orlando for continuing coverage of the show from March 4 to 6, 2015