Global Pet Expo Through the Years

When Global Pet Expo debuted in 2005, the Show boasted impressive numbers and set the course for unprecedented growth in the industry. From our humble beginnings a decade ago, Trade Show Executive Magazine now ranks Global Pet Expo as one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation. As we look forward to our 10th anniversary in 2014, we decided to take a look back on some of the most memorable moments that have made Global Pet Expo the standard in pet industry trade show excellence.



  • The APPMA Show and PIDA Pets Show were combined and rebranded as Global Pet Expo. It would quickly become the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. During the 2005 Show, there were 66 International Exhibitors, 630 Domestic Exhibitors, 2,049 Booths and 4,365 Pet Product Buyers.


  • The first ever “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award ” was given to Dr. Marty Becker and Steve Dale for their lifetime dedication of giving animals and pets a voice in the media.


  • Buyer attendance jumped 26%, and Tradeshow Week magazine named Global Pet Expo one of the 50 fastest growing trade shows of the year.


  • The 4th Annual Allen Levey Golf Tournament, a popular pre-show event, was held at Torrey Pines just before the golf course hosted the U.S. Open.


  • Global Pet Expo outgrew its convention space in San Diego and moved across the country to Orlando, Florida in the Orange County Convention Center. The Orlando convention space is one of the few in the country that is large enough to accommodate the Show’s yearly increasing numbers.


  • The Natural Pet Section debuted on the show floor in response to the growing trend of natural, organic and holistic products for pets. In 2013, there were 150 booths in the Natural Pet section, the most ever in this sold out section of the show floor.


  • For the first time ever we announced the New Products Showcase “Best in Show” award winners during a special ceremony on the show floor. As the largest showcase of new products at any pet industry trade show, Global Pet Expo receives nearly 1,000 submissions each year.




  • For the first time ever, NBC’s Today Show broadcasted live from the Global Pet Expo floor giving a national spotlight to the show itself and the amazing exhibitors at the Show.


The 2013 Global Pet Expo was also the largest Show to date, breaking all previous records with 172 International Exhibitors, 964 Domestic Exhibitors, 2,686 Booths and 5,327 Pet Products Buyers.

As advances continue through technology, products and services, Global Pet Expo remains the leader in annual pet industry trade shows. Join us at Global Pet Expo 2014, March 12-14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida for our biggest and best Show yet!

Learning More About Global Pet Expo and APPA at SuperZoo 2013


Preparing for SuperZoo 2013 this month? Along with many great vendors and exhibitors, we are also preparing to head to Las Vegas for this year’s Show, and we encourage you to visit American Pet Products Association (APPA) booth #852, and Global Pet Expo booth #952.

Whether you are already an APPA member or are considering joining the association, stop by to meet the APPA and Global Pet Expo team and learn more about all the opportunities and benefits that come with your membership. Take advantage and find out more about all the member benefit services and opportunities for you and your business including shipping solutions, member insurance programs, referral network, export/import assistance programs, market research, our public relations discount program to help grow your business, and more.

At both the Global Pet Expo and APPA booths, you can also expect to learn more about the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, Global Pet Expo, which will be held March 12-14, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. It’s never too early to get a head start. Buyers can stop by to register for the 2014 Show, and manufacturers can stop in to reserve booth space before the show floor fills up, as well as learn more about the dozens of sponsorship opportunities available to help expose your brand, and more.

We look forward to connecting with you in person at SuperZoo and are available to answer any questions you might have surrounding APPA memberships, benefits and Global Pet Expo 2014. We’ll also be handing out plenty of free swag, so stop by to pick up a few goodies and say hello! Hope to see you there!