Our Favorite Pets From the 2015 Show Floor!

Although Global Pet Expo is not open to the public, it’s certainly open to the pets! Someone’s got to test all the products after all, right? Global Pet Expo was a thrilling three days of loving on adoptable puppies, petting the sweetest, softest cats, feasting our eyes on some beautiful fish and even learning about a day in the life of a pet pig!

 These are some of our favorite pet attendees from 2015:

 From tiny, teacup pups


and dogs too big for your lap,


to the greatest of Great Danes


 and glowing little fish.


We can’t forget about this gorgeous service dog,

 and this adorable pot belly pig, who got to ride in his stroller when the show floor got too exhausting!


Pets of all shapes and sizes attended the Show with their owners. Sometimes even eight at a time checking out the goodies:


Which pet did you love most?

A Special “Thank You” to Our Sponsors!

We would like to sincerely thank all of the sponsors that contributed to the success of this year’s Global Pet Expo. Every company has a different message they want to get out, and sponsorships are a great way to maximize results and stand above the crowd.

Show sponsorships range from light boxes and floor decals to hotel room keys and sponsoring private media events, serving as an excellent avenue for businesses to garner additional recognition and exposure among thousands of buyers and media in attendance.

This year’s sponsors included 29 companies from the pet industry.

Global Pet Expo would like to send a special shout out and a HUGE thank you to each of the following 2015 sponsors:


For more information about Global Pet Expo 2016 sponsorship opportunities, visit www.globalpetexpo.org or contact Josh Vetere at 203-532-3652 or jvetere@americanpetproducts.org

Global Pet Expo 2015 Was a Record Setting Year!

More! More! More! Global Pet Expo saw more buyers in attendance, more exhibitors and more booths sold than years past as well as more attendees and more new product launches than ever before!

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This year’s total attendance came in at a staggering 15,500 people including 6,061 qualified buyers! Over 1,050 exhibitors brought concept to completion when they took over 3,113 booths and built some seriously impressive exhibits to share their record-breaking 3,000 new pet product launches! And to make for a truly global, Global Pet Expo, 20% of exhibitors and 29% of buyers this year were from countries outside the United States, a clear indication that our show is a key trading opportunity for companies around the world!

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More than 230 members of the press…From trade magazines and bloggers to national media outlets like The Huffington Post, CNN, The Chicago Tribune and the popular TV series, Shark Tank: Beyond the Tank, we welcomed some impressive media to this year’s show.

Getting Social on Social Media

Fans took to Twitter roughly 4,000 times using the official show hashtag, #GlobalPetExpo to talk about what’s new and what’s hot on the Show floor. These tweets generated more than 18.9 million impressions and reached more than 6.2 million people. All of this social interaction sent #GlobalPetExpo soaring to the top of Twitter’s most tweeted, earning a spot in the ‘trending topics’ for yet another year.

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Clang, clang, clang went the trolley!

For the first time, Global Pet Expo 2015 offered free pre-registration for its Global Pet Expo Academy, resulting in record-setting attendance to its expanded lineup of 29 seminars throughout the three-day Show. It’s possible that the attendees had the energy to make their way to the seminars thanks to the Global Pet Expo Express, a free trolley that carried attendees from one side of the floor to the other – another successful first for the Show.

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If there is one thing we don’t want to get lost in all of these numbers, it is that we couldn’t have done it without YOU! Thanks to all 15,500 of you who attended the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. We can’t wait to see you next year, March 16-18, 2016!

Retailer Excellence Award Winners Announced at Global Pet Expo 2015

We are proud to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. The Awards Ceremony took place during the Show’s Pet Industry Breakfast on Thursday March 5, 2015. The Retailer Excellence 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:

Retailer Excellence

Odyssey Pets of Dallas, TX

Best Overall Single-Store Retailer: This award recognizes a single-store retailer for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.


Loyal Biscuit Co. of Rockland, Maine

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.


Kriser’s Natural Pet of Santa Monica, CA

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.


The Wet Spot Tropical Fish of Portland, OR

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


Ruff Life Pet Outfitters of Petoskey, MI

Merchandising Excellence: This award recognizes their outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.


Katie’s Pet Depot of North Brunswick, NJ

Multi-Service Excellence: This award recognizes their effective offering of a broad spectrum of services including grooming, training, boarding, etc.


Brookside Barkery & Bath of Kansas City, MO

Marketing Excellence: 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.


Two Bostons of Naperville, IL

Customer Service Excellence: This award recognizes an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc.


Planet Tails of Naples, FL

Store Design Excellence: This award honors excellence in overall store design including merchandising displays, store layout, curb appeal and more.


Barks, Bones & Biscuits Bakery  of Mint Hill, NC 

Community Service Excellence: This honor recognizes fellowship, integrity and a clear demonstration that the store is committed to giving back to the community.


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

Xiomara González-Govea Accepts “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award” at Global Pet Expo 2015


IMG_0551The talented, award-winning, national television and radio journalist and animal advocate, Xiomara González-Govea accepted the 2015 “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award.”

González-Govea personally accepted the award, presented by Bob Vetere, President and CEO of the American Pet Products Association, on Thursday, March 5, 2015 in Orlando, Florida at the Purina® Pro Plan 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.

IMG_0538González-Govea is a national television and radio journalist who specializes in animal related and human feature stories for Hispanic media in the United States. Her 19-year television career in the U.S. has included the two largest Hispanic television networks: Telemundo and Univision Networks.

Since 2007, González-Govea has taken on new responsibilities at Univision Network, the leading Hispanic media conglomerate. She served as a pet correspondent host on Despierta America, the single highest rated morning show in Latin American television, and is currently the main face for all animal-related stories for the national daily news magazine shows, Primer Impacto and Noticias Univision.

She also hosts Animales360 con Xiomara, a weekly digital animal segment on Univision.com as part of the network’s news division.


González-Govea’s journalistic talents combined with her acute animal knowledge have guided her to develop her own pet media concept, Animales360°™, a bilingual and multi-media platform targeting the nearly 55 million Hispanics in the United States.

Oh, and we can’t forget to share her amazing Univision segment on Global Pet Expo that aired nationally March 10th, 2015. Congratulations again, to Xiomara, keep up the good work!

Introducing the New Products Showcase winners from Global Pet Expo 2015

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 2015.New Product Showcase

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



Best In Show

Central Garden & Pet

Aqueon JukeBox 5 Aquarium Kit

Second Place

BioBubble Pets

WonderBubble Bubble Tunnel Kit

Third Place

BioBubble Pets

Deco Cubes


Best In Show

A&E Cage Co., LLC

All Natural Java Wood Bird Toys

Second Place

Valhoma Corporation

Chicken Harnesses: Pullet, Hen, Rooster

Third Place

Caitec Corporation

Large Perch N Go


Best In Show

Dog Is Good

Tote Bags

Second Place

Kruuse A/S

B Seen 360

Third Place

Espree Animal Products, Inc.

Bark Art Creative Kit


Best In Show

Innovation Pet, Inc.

Kitty Connection® Mouse Pounce ™

Second Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Vesper Cat Furniture

Third Place

Cats of Thrones

Toilet Seat for Cats


Best In Show

Dexas International, Ltd.

Snack-DuO ™

Second Place


iFetch Too!

Third Place

Petmatrix LLC

Butcher’s Cut


Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Safe, strong and dogs love em…GORILLA CHEWS

Second Place

Puppy Cake

Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix

Third Place

Himalayan Corporation

Yaky Tops


Best In Show

BioBubble Pets

Chameleon Cantina

Second Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Exo Terra Screen Terrarium

Third Place

Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.

Exo Terra HabiSphere


Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Every Kid’s Favorite Pastime………PETS

Second Place

Marshall Companion Pets

Bear Rug

Third Place

Ware Manufacturing

Escalating a Pig’s Lifestyle: RAMP IT UP!


Best In Show

Ware Manufacturing

Build your pets house and $ave : DIY HOMES

Second Place

Himalayan Corporation

Himalayan Dog Chew POP

Third Place

Life is Good Pet by Planet Dog

Life is Good Branded Display

Global Pet Expo, Less Than a Week Away!

To everyone taking part in this exciting 2015 Show, we want to wish you one last ‘good luck’ and thank you all for making this industry so great!

As you all may or may not know, last year was an anniversary show for us and now we’re celebrating 11 years of Global Pet Expo. Hard to believe where we came from back in 2004 to where we are now, one of the fastest growing trade shows in the country, according to Trade Show Executive. Some of you have been with us from the beginning and it shows on your badges, and some of you are just joining us this year….either way, we want to thank you for your participation and give you some last minute motivation to get you psyched for your best show yet!

Although you may never feel fully prepared for the Show, we know you’ll do great! And Global Pet Expo staff will be onsite everywhere, but more specifically in the Show Office, Room W206A; Phone: (407) 685-4100. Should you need any assistance at all during the Show, please don’t hesitate to check in with us.

Go get ‘em, and try to have a little fun while you’re at it….we love this industry after all!

And just in case you still need some pumping up, here are a few of our tune picks for your listening pleasure.

Thanks again, see you at the Show!!