This is something I wish more pet food consumers could see – a pet food industry trade show. This week – in Orlando, FL – was the Global Pet Show featuring over 1,000 different booths of pet ‘stuff’. Pet food, pet beds, pet collars, aquariums, bird toys and cages…you name the pet product, it was at Global.
Big thanks to Global Pet Show – they are very welcoming to that ‘other kind of writer’ such as myself. As with last year, I was provided with Press credentials to attend the show.
When you walk in the Orange County Convention Center – you enter a massive room, with row after row of pet related products. It’s actually a pet lovers dream (well…those that like to shop dream). There are booths that are the size of a medium house – but most of the booths are small featuring the products of a small pet collar, or food, or treat manufacturer.
The large booths are the big pet food companies. Below are a few quick pictures I took of some of the big booths (house size). Some of these booths feature massive high definition televisions, luxurious carpeting, comfy sofas and chairs, food, alcoholic beverages and some even have puppies for visitors to play with. I can’t even guess what some companies spend on the booths at these trade events. Especially the large booths – they are swarming with employees ready to pitch their products to the thousands of pet product buyers in attendance.
Sorry I didn’t take more pictures – I took the above almost immediately after I got to the show and honestly forgot about taking more. You sort of get caught up in the event – visiting and talking with all the companies (my favorite being the little pet food and treat companies that know every supplier on a first name basis). And as with last year, there was aisle after aisle of Chinese pet product suppliers selling jerky treat after jerky treat.
I’m hopeful to learn more about several new (to me) pet food/treat companies soon – and adding them to Petsumer Report. And – several said they would provide their Pledge too. I’ll be looking for those (and of course will share with all on Association for Truth in Pet Food website).
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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