By Michael J. Tuccinardi
Last week saw one of the biggest (or perhaps the biggest, depending on who you ask) events in the US pet industry – Global Pet Expo (Global), held in Orlando, Florida each year at the enormous Orange County Convention Center. Since the show caters to every aspect of the pet industry—from organic dog treats to ferret food and everything in between—the scale of the exhibit hall dwarfs even the biggest aquarium event, and it can take hours to walk the floor in its entirety.
With its location in Florida, one of the country’s major hubs for aquarium fish import and farming, Global has always had a strong aquatics showing, and for that reason I made the trip down to sunny Orlando to check out what the show had to offer. In addition to walking the floor and visiting with the dozens of vendors and exhibitors to see what’s new, I also spent plenty of time around the centerpiece of the trade show’s aquatics area, the “aquatic lounge,” where live-fish vendors display show off some of their best, newest, and most unusual fishes and aquatic life.
So without further ado, here’s a photo recap of what was new and interesting in terms of products and displays at this year’s Global Pet Expo. Stay tuned for a look at the fish of Global in the coming days!
Stay tuned for part II of our photo recap of this year’s Global Pet Expo and a follow up featuring all the fishy highlights of the the show coming soon!