Global Pet Expo Officials Announce 2013 Show Dates!

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Officials from Global Pet Expo, the Pet Industry’s Largest Annual Trade Show are Gearing Up to Reveal the Hottest New Pet Products of 2013 with the Coveted “Best in Show” Awards

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- Thousands of buyers and media expected to attend Global Pet Expo 2013, February 20-22 in Orlando, FL –

*Online Media Registration Opens November 1, 2012, http://www.globalpetexpo.org/pressreg

Who:     
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) Present Global Pet Expo

When:    
Show Dates: February 20-22, 2013
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm, Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
New Products Showcase Awards Presentation: Thursday, February 21, 2013,    5:00 pm

What:    
Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, will feature the newest, most innovative pet products on the market today. With 62% of American households in the U.S. owning at least one pet, this is your opportunity to inform your audience of the hottest pet products before they hit store shelves. And there’s no better place to experience the power of the pet industry than at Global Pet Expo!

The 2013 Show is expected to be one of the biggest to date, following the success of the 2012 Global Pet Expo with 238,000 net square feet of paid exhibit space, and the highest post-show numbers including new product launches, booths sold and attendance, reported in Global Pet Expo’s eight year history.

More than 900 companies from around the world will showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. Global Pet Expo features 11 football fields’ worth of pet products, more than 3,000 product-launches and 150 first-time exhibiting companies. Ranked one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation by Trade Show Executive Magazine, the Show has also grown in recent years with added special sections including the “International Pavilion,” “Natural Pet,” “Boutique,” “Everything Aquatic,” “What’s New!” and “New Products Showcase” For the past two years, these special sections have completely sold out months prior to the show.

The New Products Showcase gives exhibitors the opportunity to highlight their newest lines, and gives attendees a chance to check out all the newest products hitting the industry in one location at the Show. This 30,000 square foot space on the trade show floor is set aside to recognize the year's best creative efforts in New Product and Point-of-Purchase Displays. With hundreds of entries, this is the largest new products showcase at any pet product industry trade show in the world. The New Products Showcase “Best in Show” awards are the most coveted awards given at the Show. Winners will be announced at the Third Annual New Products Showcase Awards presentation. In order to be eligible to win, products must be entered in the New Products Showcase.

Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals, making it the most important gathering of buyers, pet product manufacturers, and international attendees in the U.S. The Show is not open to the general public.

Where:    
The Show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. New Products Showcase Awards Presentation takes place on the Show Floor by New Products Showcase.

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Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2012 Show featured 896 exhibitors, 2,487 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 5,011 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. For more information, visit http://www.globalpetexpo.org.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit http://www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

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Jamie Brant
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