ADMC’s Spring Break 2015 was held at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn. on April 22-24, 2015. The show had over 700 attendees and more than 135 brands.
Attendees participated in a bowling tournament, enjoyed first class food, drinks and entertainment including comedian Louie Anderson who was the headliner Wednesday evening, as well as the return of Deuces Wild.
Pet Age held its first Retailer Forum on May 13, 2015 at the Marriott Oak Brook in Chicago. Fifteen regional retailers and over five manufacturers had one on one conversations moderated by a PR specialist. Topics such as brand awareness, buying trends and the state of the industry were discussed.
PIJAC’s fourth annual Top2Top conference took place at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. On April 28-30.
The three day event known as “Lead the Pack” discussed top issues facing the pet industry. The conference covered subjects like new market research on consumer purchasing trends, the current legislative and regulatory challenges and how to address them, what changes to expect within the aquatic and reptile industry and more.
Global Pet Expo, presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), the show opened its doors to more than 311,300 net square feet of exhibit space in Orlando The expo featured more than 6,000 buyers in attendance, more than 3,000 new pet product launches, more than 1,000 exhibitors and 3,113 booths sold. The total show attendance came to nearly 15,500 people.
The 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show as held on February 16-17 in New York City. More than 2,700 dogs representing 192 breeds and their handlers competed in the show.
General Pet Supply hosted its ninth annual Customer Appreciation Event on Feb. 12-13, 2015 at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee.
Bradley Caldwell’s Hershey Buying Show was held on Feb. 17-18, 2015 in Hershey, Penn. Over 850 pet dealers were in attendance with 475 vendors. This was the eleventh year of the show taking place in the Hershey Lodge.
Dr. Harvey’s Foster Room is now open with an event that took place on January 4, 2015 at Dusty’s Dog House in Bayonne, N.J.
The Foster Room will allow Dusty’s Dog House to foster a dog from Liberty Humane Society of Jersey City. Dr. Harvey’s will sponsor each dog until it is adopted.
Aquatic Experience took place in Chicago on Nov. 7-9 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.
Phillips Pet Food & Supplies of Easton, Penn. hosted their annual New England Buying Show at The Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on October 21-22, 2014. Over 580 people attending the show, encompassing 406 retailer stores.
Michelson Found Animals recognized industry leaders for their efforts during its third annual gala on November 1, 2014.
Backer’s Total Pet Expo took place Sept. 19-21 in Chicago.
Phillips Pet Food & Supply hosted the annual Southern Buying Show at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on Oct. 2-3, 2014. Over 405 retailer stores attended the show. Phillips also hosted a Customer Appreciation Event at Disney’s Epcot Theme Park.
The conference was held in Hartford, Conn. on October 15-18. Almost 900 training professionals and pet care specialists attended and participated in educational opportunities for a combined total of over 75 assorted seminars, panel discussions, workshops and day long certificate classes.
The Pet Food Experts (PFX) Buying Show took place in Uncasville, Conn. on Sept. 16-17. The event was held for the fourth year at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort. There were over 110 vendors and 600 buyers in attendance.