Pet Fair Asia 2023, the leading pet industry platform in Asia and one of the world’s largest pet events, will take place from 16 to 20 August at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).
An all-time record of 230,000 sqm exhibiting space will be occupied by over 2,200 exhibitors, who will showcase products for pets at 360 degrees; from pet foods, supplies and accessories to healthcare, grooming, and more. The latest innovations in the industry will make their debut, emphasizing to the audience the persistent commitment of the manufacturers towards creating smart, AI driven and environmentally sustainable products. Over 250,000 visitors from China and abroad, among which 70,000+ professional trade visitors, are expected to visit the five-day event. The organizer is, in particular, looking forward to finally welcoming to China the international buyers from overseas, who continue to register in big numbers. Visitors’ online registration will stay open until 12 August, 2023 00:00 Beijing time.
This year’s edition holds a significant meaning for Pet Fair Asia as it marks the 25th anniversary of the show. Since its birth in 1997, Pet Fair Asia has witnessed and given its contribution to the rising of the Chinese pet industry. According to the “Blue Book of the Pet Industry”, an annual report published by apa (Asia Pet Alliance), China’s pet industry worth is estimated to reach 445.6 billion (US$66.1 billion) by the end of 2023. The pet population in China has grown by 70% in the recent decade, reaching 116 million pets in 2022, 69% of which are mainly owned by young generations from 19 to 30 years old. With the pet owner population making up only 20% of the total China’s population, the growth of the industry is only set to continue its boom.
“We are thrilled to present to the audience this year the largest Pet Fair Asia up to date. Our aim has always been to create a professional platform for the whole world pet industry to meet and strengthen cooperations in Asia Pacific, for the future development of the industry. ” – said David Zhong, President of Pet Fair Asia., Ltd & Chairman of the Executive Committee of apa. “The pet industry in the world in general and, in particular in China, continues its steady growth. China’s economic recovery is also on a positive track and it remains an important growing market, which continues to present many opportunities for the pet businesses all over the globe.” – added Zhong.
A FOCUS ON THE INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
As China has fully returned to the international trade scene, the organizer has, this year, put an emphasis on the hosted buyer programs, to ensure the platform is helping at its best the regaining of trade relations in the pet industry between China, Asia and the world. A particular focus has been put on the international buyers, to assist their smooth return to China through a unique hospitality package and an efficient visit at the event. Selected international buyers will engage in different onsite meetings and match-making activities, as well as pet shops visits in Shanghai, tailored to put them in contact with the right suppliers and partners in the most effective way.
AN EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE PLATFORM
Pet Fair Asia has always put an important focus on being, not only a trading platform, but also a reference point for education, information and know-how exchange in the industry. For this purpose, concurrent events have been put in place to enhance attendees’ experience at the show and create more content and networking opportunities. The event agenda is centered around advocating for the sustainable development of the global pet industry, offering a chief perspective
on market trends and future enterprises, and exploring the path of the industry evolution and growth from a standpoint of business value and cutting-edge technology.
The events to highlight are:
- International Pet Industry Summit (IPIS) – Asian CEO Summit, themed “Growth Power: Evolution of the Pet Industry”, which will bring together global business leaders and experts.
- Roundtable of Asia Pet Associations – a gathering of regional associations such as Japan Pet Food Association Malaysia Pet Association, Pet Food Industry Association of Australia, Hong Kong Pet Trade Association Limited and more, with the purpose to explore and discuss the cooperative development mechanisms within the Asian pet industry and international pet brand import policies.
- Asia Pet Veterinary Conference
- Asia Pet Food Summit
- Asia Pet E-commerce Conference
- Pet Shop Asia
This year the show will, in particular, have the attention of numerous C-level management of some of the most important international players in the industry as well as governmental institutions, who will actively participate in various forums and discussion panels. To name a few: Dr. Melanie Bromwich – First Secretary SPS Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand, Mr. Hidemaru Ted Shibata – Deputy Director of Agricultural Trade Office at the U.S. Consulate Shanghai, Yoshio Koshimura – Chairman of Japan China Pet Association, Jordi Queralt – CEO of Gimborn GmbH, William Chen – Senior Vice President of Nestlé Purina Zone Greater China Pet Care Business Unit.
AN ENTERTAINING MOMENT FOR PETS AND PET LOVERS
The event will open its doors to the general public from August 19 to 20, during which, the local pet owners will have the chance to experience the newest trends in the exquisite pet lifestyle. The huge number of final consumers, who have visited the show throughout the years, have been an integral part of its success and growth. A series of onsite activities, such as Pet Supermarket, Paw-Up STORE pop-up shops, Wagging Tail Concert, U+Market Fair, Summer Night Dog Walking Party and more, are tailored to engage the audience in the largest pet friendly gathering of China.
As Pet Fair Asia prepares to kick off in Shanghai, SUPERZOO will also do so in Las Vegas from August 16 to 18. Both events, representing two major platforms of the world’s pet industry, will bring the pet business communities together from the East to the West. Next year, Pet Fair Asia, in its 26th edition, will return to Shanghai again while SUPERZOO in the United States also takes place from August 14 to 16, 2024.