Like-Minded People Come Together at Pijac’s Top2Top Conference

Every year, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) hosts the Top2Top Conference, an opportunity for some of the pet industry’s most involved and high powered people to come together and discuss the future of the industry. From APPA President and CEO Bob Vetere to California Congressman Dennis Cardoza, everyone with a concern for the pet industry convened in Amelia Island, Fla., for a chance to join in on the discussion.

With sponsors like PetCo, Purina, and major trade publications, this industry-strengthening event is nothing to scoff at. Perhaps one of the highlights of the event was the award presentation by Laura Nativo, host of Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” segment. With eight recipients across eight admirable categories, our own Bob Vetere received the Chairman’s Award of Excellence for his tremendous leadership in aligning industry goals and creating initiatives to see those goals come to fruition. He was truly honored by the recognition, as were the other seven recipients:

Marcie Whichard, VP of Animal Care & Education at PetCo, received Pet Advocate of the Year for her Think Adoption First program development, which manages 3,500 adoption partner relationships to help homeless pets find their loving forever home.

Chris Buener, President of Quality Marine, was dubbed Program Innovator of the Year for his development of a certification program for overseas fish collectors, collection areas, and exporters.

Tom Edling, VP of Veterinary Medicine at PetCo, is PIJAC’s Ambassador of the Year for not only overseeing the care of over 200,000 pets at PetCo, but also for heading PIJAC’s Zoonoses Committee, which provides health and care information to the industry and public to thwart transmission of diseases between species.

Doug Poindexter, President of World Pet Association, was named Pet Industry Leader of the Year for his creation of the Aquatic Experience show, serving on multiple pet industry boards, and growing the World Pet Association to being the producer of one of the top tradeshows in the country. His initiatives have allowed him to donate millions of dollars to industry-related causes such as Pet Care Trust and the Coral Reef Foundation.

CFO of World Pet Association, Jim Boschee, was given the Presidential Award of Excellence for his instrumental role as head of the PIJAC Membership Development Committee, which ensures every member of the pet industry has a voice in every level of legislation.

Bill Brant, President of The Gourmet Rodent, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his passion and devotion toward reptiles. His work on behalf of the reptile industry has been exemplary and will benefit reptiles and their owners for years to come.

Nestle Purina Petcare won the Pet Effect Award for showcasing the positive effect that the pet industry and pets have on one another, the epitome of PIJAC’s Pet Effect program. Having invested $30 million in pet welfare and helping nearly 2.2 million pet welfare organizations, more than half-million cats and dogs found homes through its Rally to the Rescue network.

This year’s Top2Top Conference was another notable success, as initiatives, goals, and strengthening within the industry continue throughout the year to contribute to next year’s rousing discussion!

National Pet Market Opportunity Study Focusing on Previous and Non-Pet Owners Unveiled at Global Pet Expo 2014

The newly expanded APPA National Pet Market Opportunity Study focuses on previous pet owners and non-pet owners (individuals who have never owned a pet) and identifies new market opportunities as well as barriers to pet ownership. The study also explores comparisons between current, previous and non-pet owning households.

One of the key findings in the survey found that while there are 84.6 million U.S. households that are current pet owners, 26.6 million U.S. households are previous pet owners and 11.4 million households have never owned a pet.

As a bonus, the report also includes appendices with updated pet ownership incidence figures, as well as Executive Summary material from the current 2013-2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey. For more information, a complete Table of Contents, and to order the study, please visit

Click here to view the full release and expanded information from the Study.

Come Visit the APPA booth at SuperZoo!

Come Visit the APPA booth at SuperZoo!

Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas

July 22-24, 2014

Stop by the American Pet Products Association Booth #5108 to hear the latest industry news and APPA member benefits, and most importantly, to check out the Global Pet Expo 2015 floor plan and reserve your booth!

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SuperZoo is just around the corner and we are excited to be on the other side of things and attend as exhibitors.  If you’re attending the show as well, it’s a great opportunity to stop by the APPA booth and talk with the staff one-on-one.  Get all your questions answered in regards to APPA membership and see the latest efforts of APPA to further the pet industry as a whole and see which industry initiatives you too can be a part of.  Flip through the biggest, most comprehensive survey on pet ownership, the National Pet Owners Survey, and view the 2015 Global Pet Expo floor plan and talk with our experts about which location is best for you.  Booth spaces really fill up fast so don’t miss out on this opportunity to sign up right from the SuperZoo show floor.

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Again, if you’re going to be roaming the show floor, come see us! Stop by Booth #5108 and let’s chat about truly unleashing your business potential! We hope to see you there!

Pet Spending Higher Than Ever with an Estimated $58.5 Billion in Spending in 2014

Overall spending in the pet industry for 2013 exceeded early estimates coming in at an all-time high of more than $55.7 billion, a 4.5 percent growth over spending in 2012. Continuing to demonstrate its resilience, the pet industry is positioned positively once again as this year’s annual comprehensive spending and data report estimates overall spending for 2014 at $58.51 billion, a 4.9 percent growth over 2013. Helping fuel the growth, the pet marketplace continues to attract a stream of entrepreneurs introducing new products and investors infusing money into new and existing companies.

See below for a breakdown of spending across various categories:


Click here to view the full press release.