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Global Pet Expo 2024 Sets Record-Breaking Attendance

April 05, 20243 min read

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) hosted the 20th annual Global Pet Expo on March 20-22, in Orlando, Fla. The event showcased a sold-out show floor with over 1,100 exhibiting companies spanning 343,500 net square feet of exhibit space.

Total attendance reached nearly 20,000 attendees representing over 85 countries at the event known for delivering the latest in pet products, business connections and world-class education. The show, hosted at the Orange County Convention Center, brings in millions of dollars to the Orlando Metropolitan area each year, with Global Pet Expo 2024 delivering over $45 million in local economic impact. Global Pet Expo also gives back to the local pet community through its longstanding partnership with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to collect product donations after each event. This year, over 70 booths were donated to help serve the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando's mission.

"It was exhilarating to see the pet industry come together at Global Pet Expo with record-breaking attendance. We spent an incredible week discovering new pet products hitting the market this year and celebrating the latest innovations our industry has to offer," said APPA president and CEO Peter Scott. "The community we have built surrounding this event is incredible, and the energy on the show floor this year was electric. We look forward to hosting our pet industry peers alongside the greater Orlando community at the Orange County Convention Center each year."

Additional highlights from Global Pet Expo 2024 include:

The event showcased thousands of the latest pet products and innovations across trending consumer categories, from smart technology to at-home wellness solutions and sustainable products. The New Products Showcase displayed over 1,000 products across 13 product categories, with the winners of the 14th Annual Awards announced during Global Pet Expo's "Best in Show" Awards. VetChip, a biotechnology company dedicated to improving animal health and welfare through pioneering technology that monitors, analyzes and detects pet health issues, was selected as the grand prize winner of the 2024 Purina Pet Care Innovation Grand Prize. The company was one of five pet startups from across the U.S., Canada and Australia that pitched their businesses to a panel of judges during Global Pet Expo, including APPA's Peter Scott.

Global Pet Expo 2024 unveiled new activations at the event to elevate the attendee experience. Entrances to the show floor were redesigned to create an immersive sensory experience upon arriving at the event. The new Innovation in Motion Experience revealed a modernized New Products Showcase display, Spotlight Stage and Think Tank. The show floor also expanded to feature new specialty areas, including The Modern Pet, the Supplier Pavilion and the Sustainability section, in partnership with the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC). 

The Global Learning Series delivered over 50 hours of education across four days of sessions featuring topics shaping business decisions in 2024. "Participation in the Global Learning Series sessions neared 2,000 attendees this year," said PIDA president Celeste Powers. "The excitement during the sessions and throughout the show floor was palpable, and the entire Global Pet Expo team was inspired seeing months of planning transform into a fantastic event for the pet industry."

Media and influencer engagement with Global Pet Expo 2024 was record-breaking, with nearly 300 members of the media and influencers attending the show.

This year, Global Pet Expo will be honored by Trade Show Executive as one of the top fastest-growing shows in the U.S. for 2023 at the Trade Show Executive Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, May 8-10. The show was ranked in the Fastest 50 By Exhibiting Companies and Next 50 By Total Attendance and By Net Square Feet.

Global Pet Expo 2025 will take place on March 26-28, 2025, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

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Connect Lounge

Attendees and Exhibitors alike enjoyed all the amenities of the Connect Lounge. A spacious seating area with beverages, charging stations and plenty of seating area for impromptu meetings.

Education Stage

Connect brought 2 days of educational talks to attendees. Visitors heard from Candace D'Agnolo, Pet Industry Network, Pet Retail Helper, Weruva, Instinct, eTail Pet POS and many more...

Fresh Food Showcase

A highlight of the show was Connect's Fresh Food Showcase featuring a variety of frozen and gently cooked products from many of the Connect Exhibitors. Thanks to Habco for the great looking freezer setup.

Connect Live

Wednesday night featured Connect Live at the Marriott Hotel with the E.Z. Street Band. The evening kicked off with $10,000 in cash giveaways to retailers and exhibitors...oh along with a poutine bar!!

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