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Schedule Announced for Global Pet Expo 2022

With the pet industry’s premier just over a week away, the digital Show Planner and enhanced mobile app are now available for all attendees

STAMFORD, CONN. (March 15, 2022) – The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) have released the schedule of events for the highly anticipated Global Pet Expo 2022, which will be held March 23-25, in Orlando, Fla. Buyers, exhibitors and media can now create an account to access the all-new Show Planner and other digital show planning tools.

“Final preparations for Global Pet Expo 2022 are well underway as we look forward to welcoming the global pet care community to Orlando,” said Andrew Darmohraj, CAE, executive vice president and chief operating officer of APPA. “We encourage attendees to maximize all the latest planning tools at their disposal both before, during and after the show to get maximum value out of the industry’s premier event.”

Attendees can use their Show Planner to view and navigate the floor plan, schedule meetings with exhibitors in advance of the show, search and save exhibitors, products and show specials, and access custom exhibitor recommendations based on product interests. Registered attendees can create their Show Planner account online and leverage these features on-the-go using the all-new Global Pet Expo Mobile App, available for download via the App Store or Google Play App Store.

Exhibitors can use their dashboard to schedule appointments with buyers, connect with customers in real-time using chat, share products and brochures, promote show specials, and make qualified connections with custom buyer recommendations.

Based on recent trends and regulatory guidance, Global Pet Expo is adjusting its precautionary measures to make face coverings optional for all show attendees. Proof of vaccination will not be required to attend. For international attendees who may need a COVID-19 test to return home, on-site testing will be available during show days. To view the official show policy on health and safety protocols, click here.

The schedule-at-a-glance for Global Pet Expo 2022 is as follows:

Tuesday, March 22

Retail Market Tour
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Various retail locations in the Orlando area
A unique learning experience at storefronts led by a knowledgeable pet industry consultant. Advanced registration is required.

Global Learning Series Education Sessions
1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Level 2, South Concourse, Rooms S230A – E
Professional development sessions across various learning pathways are free for all event attendees.

Wednesday, March 23

Private Media Breakfast Sponsored by Merrick Pet Care
8 a.m.
Level 2, South Concourse, Press Office, Room S210D
Sponsored by Merrick Pet Care, Booth 5230
Attend this exclusive media event to kick off the show! Pick up your press badge and enjoy a complimentary breakfast while Merrick Pet Care’s Lead Veterinarian, Dr. RuthAnn Logos, discusses the importance of feeding our pets’ bodies, minds and souls.

Exhibit Hall Hours
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
South Concourse, Exhibit Hall
Exhibit hall opens for Global Pet Expo 2022!  

New Products Showcase Awards Voting Opens
9 a.m.
New Products Showcase and the Global Pet Expo Mobile App
Cast your vote for the New Products Showcase awards in the official show app, available for download in your app store. The New Products Showcase features hundreds of the latest pet products hitting the market this year.

Global Learning Series Education Sessions
10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Level 2, South Concourse, Rooms S230A – E
Professional development sessions across various learning pathways are free for all event attendees.

Global Pet Expo Networking Reception
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Level 2, South Concourse
Mingle with Global Pet Expo exhibitors, buyers and members of the media.

Thursday, March 24

Retailer Excellence Awards
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Level 2, South Concourse, S330 C/D
Registered retailers are invited to honor this year’s outstanding pet specialty stores at the Tenth Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. After the awards, learn about the latest insights on influencer marketing at the featured presentation, “Influencer Marketing 101 – Are Influencers A Fit For Your Business?”

Exhibit Hall Hours
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
South Concourse, Exhibit Hall

Global Learning Series Education Sessions
10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Level 2, South Concourse, Rooms S230A – E
Professional development sessions across various learning pathways are free for all event attendees.

Purina Pet Care Innovation Prize Grand Pitch Event
2 p.m.
New Products Showcase Stage
Watch live as the Purina 2022 Pet Care Innovation Prize Winners pitch their innovative products to a panel of judges and compete for the grand cash prize of $20,000. Join us as the winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event!

New Products Showcase Awards Voting Closes
2:30 p.m.
New Products Showcase and the Global Pet Expo Mobile App

New Products “Best in Show” Awards Presentation
5 p.m.
New Products Showcase Stage
You won’t want to miss this event announcing the Best In Show winners of the latest and greatest pet products hitting the market this year.

Private Media Reception Sponsored by Purina PetCare Company
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Level 2, South Concourse, Room S210A
Sponsored by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Booth 1826
Join Global Pet Expo and Purina PetCare Company at an exclusive reception with cocktails and appetizers to celebrate the media’s valuable contributions to the pet industry.

Friday, March 25

Exhibit Hall Hours
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
South Concourse, Exhibit Hall

Global Learning Series Education Sessions
10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Level 2, South Concourse, Rooms S230A – E
Professional development sessions across various learning pathways are free for all event attendees.

For more information on Global Pet Expo 2022, visit globalpetexpo.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

ABOUT GLOBAL PET EXPO
Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s premier event, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The show features more than 1,000 exhibitors, 3,500 booths and over 3,000 new product launches annually. Each year, the event gathers 6,000+ pet product buyers from around the world. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, media and other qualified professionals. Global Pet Expo Digital Access, held in March 2021, was recognized with the Outstanding Digital Engagement Award by Trade Show Executive magazine. For more information, visit GlobalPetExpo.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.


ABOUT THE AMERICAN PET PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes nearly 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. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following APPA Gives Back initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Pets and Vets Program, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and Pet Care Trust and Pets in the Classroom. Visit AmericanpPetProducts.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

ABOUT PET INDUSTRY DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION
Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) is the premier trade association representing the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bond. PIDA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and Pet Care Trust and Pets in the Classroom. Visit PIDA.org for more information and follow us on LinkedIn.

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