Spanning the Globe
Anne Ferrante, vice president of member relations and business development at the American Pet Products Association, shares what attendees can expect from the International Pavilion.
What can attendees expect from the International Pavilion?
Anne Ferrante: The 2013 International Pavilion features 48 booths comprised of 40 exhibiting companies representing nine countries. The Pavilion features both new and established products from Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Mexico, Singapore and Thailand.
The International Pavilion truly is the hottest meeting place for key trading partners from around the world. Each of the exhibiting companies has been qualified by the American Pet Products Association as an established company already trading in the pet product industry ready for quality business transactions at Global Pet Expo. Buyers will find a wide range of established brands and unique products characterized by their fresh ideas and international flair combined with innovative styling and utility. Many of these exhibitors hold the release of their new products in order to debut them on the international scene at Global Pet Expo, so buyers will see many products that are entirely new to the North American market.
What kinds of products are featured?
Ferrante: Featured products boast a wide assortment of style and price options. Among the products featured in The International Pavilion are:
Litter Kwitter’s (booth 4044) new Pet Diner range of automatic pet feeders.
Classic Pet Products’ (booth 4056) new shatter-resistant, recyclable small-animal drinking bottles.
Moderna Products’ (booth 4057) bowls, litter, scoops and small animal terrariums.
Numi Cat Litter’s (booth 4055) 99.9- percent dust free, odor-absorbing litter.
Milk & Pepper’s (booth 4053) fashionable accessories for smart dogs.
Lickeez (booth 4049) all-natural, zero-calorie training spray.
Irish Dog Foods Ltd.’s (booth 4045) dried pet foods and natural treats.
Foshan Phoenix Pet Products Co., Ltd. (booth 4251) quality, innovative oral care products.
Shanghai TCH Metals & Machinery Co., Ltd.’s (booth 4145) pet chains, collars and leashes, cat toys, pet bowls, grooming tables, cages, chew toys and beds.
How has the section changed in the last few years?
Ferrante: The International Pavilion has experienced significant growth, mimicking the growing international interest in the U.S. pet products market. Many international suppliers are entering the U.S. market via The International Pavilion. They are returning to Global Pet Expo year after year, solidifying their position in the U.S. market. These companies are astute to the trends and demands of the U.S. market and are addressing them by providing quality, innovative designs. Many have broadened their offerings beyond basic market access and are now offering U.S. customers multiple lines, including high-end and luxury, natural and eco-friendly products. These are savvy companies with solid business strategies that are meeting the U.S. demand for innovative products and competitive pricing.