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2011 Global Pet Expo
Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2010 Show featured 803 exhibitors, 2,250 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 4,495 pet product buyers from around the world attended. In 2011, Global Pet Expo will take place March 16-18 in Orlando, FL. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals

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Christine Matherson

I hear that Crufts (The UK Kennel Club)is entering the United States show market next year and I am informed a stand alone North American version of Dogs Trust will be developed next year according to /
Dogs trust in the UK has HRH the Queen as patron and has a history going back 100 years. Will be interested to see who the U.S. patron will be "Mrs Obama" would be my choice

Bob Vetere

Jimmy thank you for your question.

When you try to sell an idea to a company, you almost always run into resistance to anything that was “not invented here.” Plus companies are understandably wary of looking at unsolicited proposals, since their own design departments may already be working on a similar idea. The best opportunity might be to locate a contract manufacturer who might be interested in producing their product and a manufacturer’s rep willing to market for them. We get some listings on the Referral section of the APPMA webpage, and the back pages of the industry trade publications also offer some manufacturing leads. Following up whatever leads they got at the Backer Show, and attending other regional pet industry shows might also pay off.

Bob Vetere

Jimmy Slaughter

I need some help! We have been working on a project for 2 1/2 years and have gone as far as we can go. We have a patent on a design for products, that would apply to 79% of all pet owners. We even did a product design unveiling at the HH Backers Spring Pet Show in Baltimore this past May and had GREAT interest, our problem is we are not in the industry, and simple country boys, we put our efforts into everything need to patent, research, market knowledge, testing and proving. There is NO product like ours to go to this fact proven consumer market. Can you help us find some companies that may be interested in talk to us, it seems if your're not in the industry, you can't get past a secetary to talk to any one.

Bob Vetere

Dear M

The current housing market is creating a number of challenges for those involved. While some have lost their homes and had to make alternate living arrangements it has not resulted in the wholesale abandonment of pets as some “news” articles have indicated. But there have been some pets that have been displaced. Many members of the industry are working with shelters around the country to help provide the supplies necessary to assist in caring for these pets as well as educating owners on handling pets in trying situations. In addition, many retailers are working with their local shelters to promote adoption of many of these animals.

Bob Vetere


Hey Bob,
I've been thinking a lot about how the economy is affecting pet owners and therefore, the pets, themselves. For instance, I've heard that there has been an increase in shelter numbers because of the home foreclosure crisis. What are your thoughts on creative ways that the industry can make is easier for multiple pet owners to continue caring for multiple pets and for those who want to take on the care of more animals to help in this crisis? What can the industry do to help?

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