In This Issue
Pet industry pays tribute to one of its leading figures
Pet Industry Federation responds to criticism over its stance on selling puppies in pet shops
Last chance to reserve a place at this year's UK Forum & Awards
Pets at Home shares dip following weaker-than-expected sales growth
New brand claims to introduce a revolution in dog food
£2,000 investment grants available to British companies exhibiting in PetQuip group at Global Pet Expo 2016
More export success forecast following Meet the Buyer
Billy + Margot launch a new 150g wet food
Foss Feeds wins star prize in Wagg's 'Spin to Win'
Grain-free treats added to Petface’s ‘Dog Deli’ range
Interpet celebrate after a successful and innovative AQUA
84% of vets give up time to work with animal charities
Restaurant plans for closed pet shop
Pet shop owner banned from keeping dogs
Former Pets at Home director joins Shop Direct as Operations Director
Ancol announces five-year partnership with Birmingham Dogs Home
Vets braced for pet ‘fright nights’ in November
ACANA sponsors top UK flyball team
Pets at Home open new store at cinema development
Americans spent $350 million on pet costumes at Halloween
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£2,000 investment grants available to British companies exhibiting in PetQuip group at Global Pet Expo 2016
$60 billion pet product market an attractive proposition for UK suppliers

The PetQuip association has announced that eligible British firms will have the opportunity to receive cash grants to help them exhibit at Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida (16 to 18 March 2016) after PetQuip secured  British government funding for eligible UK exhibitors. 

The exhibiting companies can benefit from attractive £2,000 investment grants, which are subject to UKTI terms and conditions. Details of the grants and other information on the association’s support package are available from PetQuip.

Following the success of the PetQuip-organised British group at the last five editions of Global Pet Expo, the association is expecting considerable demand and as stand space is limited, interested companies are urged to apply early. 

The director general of PetQuip, Amanda Sizer Barrett highlighting the importance of the show, said: “The sheer size of the North American market for pet products makes Global Pet Expo a very attractive proposition for UK suppliers. This is highlighted in The American Pet Products Association (APPA) estimate that the total U.S. pet industry expenditure is over $60 billion, and in the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey that states that 65% of US households own a pet, equating to 79.7 million homes.  

"The survey further estimates there are over 85 million cats and more than 77 million dogs. In addition to the huge scale of the US market, another significant consideration for UK suppliers is that in 2015, 29 per cent of visitors to Global Pet Expo were from outside the US, representing around 82 countries.”

UK exhibitors in the PetQuip-organised group will be located in a prime position within a British-branded and themed pavilion area as part of the organiser’s international pavilion.  The position is close to ‘The Boutique’ and ‘What’s New’ areas which lead onto the very popular New Product Showcase.  The location of the pavilion is expected to attract significant footfall in 2016.

PetQuip’s comprehensive support package for the British exhibiting companies will include: advice and information about how to prepare for and how to maximise a company’s presence at the show; support from an industry information stand organised and manned by the experienced PetQuip team; press editorial and promotion on exhibitor’s products prior to, during and after the show; preview marketing material distributed to named buyers in advance of the show; and help with freight, travel and accommodation and other logistics.

Interested companies should contact PetQuip to receive further information and costs and to book a stand. Call or email Theresa Swann or Emma Lewis: 01959 565 995; or

Further facts about Global Pet Expo

  • Global Pet Expo is the largest North American trade show for the pet sector with over 311,000 net square feet of exhibition space.
  • All visitors to the show are ‘qualified attendees’ representing large pet shop chains and pet superstores, supermarkets and mass merchandisers, speciality buyers, e-tailers, key distributors and wholesalers.
  • Exhibits represent all sectors of the pet product industry including items for cats and dogs, small mammals, birds, plus products for the aquatics, reptile and equine sectors.
  • The show is organised by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and staged in conjunction with PIDA (Pet Industry Distributors Association).
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