Pet Industry Spending at a Record High: $66.75 Billion!

Bob Vetere, President and CEO of the American Pet Products Association, announced that overall spending in the pet industry has surpassed previous spending by more than $6 billion! In fact, pet industry spending for 2016 came in at a record high of $66.75 billion!

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While APPA’s industry figures cover pet spending in a variety of categories, we’ve pulled out some of the key facts and figures for you. Take a look:

  1. There was a noticeable increase in pet food spending of 22.6% primarily due to APPA accounting for new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which indicated previous spending figures released may have been too conservative. In fact, interest in high end, premium pet food and treats continues to be a key driver for increased spending in the pet food category.
  2. Veterinary care spending remains the second source of spending in the pet industry at $15.95 billion. While routine veterinary visits have not necessarily increased, new advances in health care and services available may be contributing to the 3.4% growth. And with new results from research compiled by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute showing that more people are becoming aware of the health benefits of their pets, it’s no wonder they are more likely to take care of them!
  3. The third highest source of spending is in supplies and over the counter (OTC) medications. $14.71 billion was spent on items such as beds, collars, leashes, toys, travel items, clothing, food and water bowls, and other accessories.
  4. Purchases of live animals decreased 0.9% in 2016.
  1. Other services such as grooming, boarding, walking, training, pet sitting, yard services and more saw significant growth from 2015, second only to the growth of the pet food category.

If these new numbers are any indication of the direction the pet industry is moving, our future is certainly looking bright!

Visit the press release section of our website for a full breakdown of our Annual Industry-Wide Spending Figures.

Introducing the 2017 New Products Showcase Awards Winners

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 2017.

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

 

AQUATICS

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Best In Show
Seriphos Drop Off Aquarium
Elive, LLC

Second Place
Jelly Cylinder 5
Jellyfish Art LLC

Third Place
Brio 35 Urban Eco Garden
Deep Water Aquatics

BIRD

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Best In Show
USA Happy Beaks Toys
A&E Cage Co., LLC

Second Place
Bird Temp – Digital Infrared Thermometer
Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc.

Third Place
Eco- Friendly Bird Nest
Le Sharma Trading, Inc.

BOUTIQUE

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Best In Show
Bake-at-Home Birthday Cake Mix for Dogs
The Lazy Dog Cookie Co., Inc.

Second Place
Dodo Bird Family: Baz the Dad, Barb the Mom & Billy the Baby Dodo Birds
Merito Industries dba THINK OUTSIDE

Third Place
PetCakes Frozen Yogurt Treats
PetCakes by Lucky Paws, LLC

CAT

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Best In Show
Catysmile Backpack Cat Carrier
Primetime Petz LLC

Second Place
The Bridge
Molly and Friends Cat Furniture Company

Third Place
Side Table Cat Bed
Sauder Woodworking Co.

DOG

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Best In Show
Qwizl
West Paw Design

Second Place
PAW5 Wooly
PAW5

Third Place
TropiClean Natural Flea & Tick
TropiClean Pet Products

NATURAL PET

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Best In Show
NO-HIDE DOG CHEWS – PORK
Earth Animal

Second Place
Ruff Bone
Himalayan Corporation

Third Place
CannaBoost (TM) CDB/Hemp full spectrum extract
PawFlex, Inc.

REPTILE

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Best In Show
Exo Terra Gecko Food
Hagen Group

Second Place
Exo Terra Tall Terrarium
Hagen Group

Third Place
Zilla Front Opening Terrarium
Central Garden & Pet

SMALL ANIMAL

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Best In Show
Kaytee Run-About Ball LED Light Rainbow 7 inch
Central Garden & Pet

Second Place
Walkin’ Wheels Mini Wheelchair
Walkin’ Pets by Handicappedpets.com

Third Place
Kaytee Critterhome 30 x 18 Deluxe Habitat Large
Central Garden & Pet

POINT OF PURCHASE

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Best In Show
Meowijuana – Retail Display Box (Large)
Meowijuana LL

Second Place
Earth Rated 2017 Collection
Earth Rated

Third Place
Kaytee Crittertrail Building Station
Central Garden & Pet

Andrea Arden Was Honored at Global Pet Expo 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 3.35.25 PMDog training expert, author and TV and radio personality, Andrea Arden, accepted the “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award” at the 2017 Global Pet Expo!

Arden accepted the award, presented by Bob Vetere, President and CEO of the American Pet Products Association, at the Purina® Media Reception at Global Pet Expo. The annual “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award” recognizes individuals in the media who have the power to influence millions of people and use this to positively promote the joys and benefits of pet ownership.

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 1.02.51 PMArden has had a colorful career to say the least, beginning 22 years ago with her Emmy award winning show The Pet Department. She’s the media’s one stop shop for trends within the pet industry, tips on training, responsible pet ownership and pet education. A frequent contributor to the TODAY show, Live With Kelly, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and many others, Arden is passionately dedicated to educating pet parents about how to best enrich and prolong the lives of companion animals as well as advocating for rescue animals and the organizations tasked with helping them. And, as if that isn’t enough, she’s also the on-camera trainer for Animal Planet’s America’s Cutest Dog and Cat, Dogs101, Cats101 and Wonderdog.

andrea-largeIn addition to her extensive television work and advocacy, she has been the behavior columnist for Dog Fancy, as well as a contributing writer for the AKC Gazette and Modern Dog. She has also written four books; Barron’s Dog Training Bible, Dog-Friendly Dog Training, Train Your Dog the Lazy Way, and The Little Book of Dog Tricks. 

It’s safe to say that with the above accomplishments and all she’s contributed to the pet industry, she was the perfect honoree for this year’s award. Congratulations, Andrea!

Announcing the 2017 Retailer Excellence Award Winners

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Global Pet Expo is proud to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. These awards are designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories.

The following retailers received designated awards in each of the 10 different categories:

Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium of Richland, WA
Best Overall Single-Store Retailer: This award recognizes a single-store retailer for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

Yarn & Bone Pet Supply Co. of Camden, DE
Best Overall Retailer (2 – 10 stores): This award recognizes multi-unit retailers with less than 10 stores for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

CountryMax Stores of Victor, NY
Best Overall Retailer (10 or more stores): This award recognizes multi-unit retailers with more than 10 stores for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

Most Valuable Pets, Inc. of Nicholasville, KY
Best Live Animal Retailer: This award recognizes a retailer that excels in sales, promotion, display and knowledge of the dedicated live-animal category.

Pet Pantry Warehouse of Rye, NY
Best Merchandising: This award recognizes their outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.

The Green K9 of Mount Dora, FL
Multi-Service Excellence: This award recognizes their effective offering of a broad spectrum of services including grooming, training, boarding, etc.

Bark Out Loud Doggie Boutique & Café of Mansfield, TX
Best Marketing: 
This award honors effective execution in sales and promotional techniques to increase sales and customers including the use of advertising, public relations, social media and more.

Natural Pet Enrichment Center of North Royalton, OH
Best Customer Service: This award recognizes an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc.

Pet Express of Saugus, MA
Best Store Design: This award honors excellence in overall store design including merchandising displays, store layout, curb appeal and more.

Petsway of Springfield, MO
Best Community Service: This honor recognizes fellowship, integrity and a clear demonstration that the store is committed to giving back to the community.

 

Congratulations to all of the winning retailers!

Entries were judged by a committee consisting of Global Pet Expo and Pet Business Media staff members. For more information about the Show or the awards please visit www.globalpetexpo.org.