We still like to meet. Despite our digital connectivity, nothing has yet to replace tactile human interaction. So, at Interzoo2018, with the memory of miles walked, we put on our hiking shoes. #Interzoo2018
We’re glad we did. We learned the humanization trend, innovation and sustainability were all hot topics at Interzoo2018. Now with the global trade fair in the rear view mirror, we can report roughly 39,000 trade visitors from more than 125 countries learned about the latest pet food and pet care products, accessories and services for dogs, cats, fish and many other pets. The offerings in the New Products Showcase ranged from Dogness Smart Devices (NASDAQ: DOGZ) to freeze-dried whole duck heads by Vital Essentials Carnivore Company of the U.S. Vector-Food Natural Chews for Dogs exemplified the variety of treats including Vector-Food whole rabbit ears with hair to aid in digestion. Paleo goes canine continues.
The number of exhibitors rose by 9 percent. A total of 1,989 vendors from 66 countries presented in an overall exhibition area of more than 120,000 square meters.
“With 83 percent of exhibitors coming from outside of Germany, the level of international participation reached a new record. The highly sophisticated presentations by these vendors from all over the world were especially remarkable,”said Hans-Jochen Büngener, Chairman of the Interzoo Exhibition Committee.
Goodnewsforpets reports we saw first-hand the expansive nature and high quality in design, presentation of materials and welcoming format of miles of exhibition booths. We visited as many as we could within our timeframe to ascertain both the U.S. and European perspectives.
Herbert Bollhöfer, Managing Director of Interzoo organizer WZF GmbH, spoke of the positive mood among the exhibitors: “The companies were thrilled by the enormous international trade possibilities and expect good follow-on business.”
U.S. companies were represented in the U.S. pavilion and other areas of the fair including among them: Planet Dog, Kurgo, Earthbath, Sleepypod and for the first time, award-winning Fetch…for Pets. According to a Sleepypod representative the opportunity to network with both EU and non EU customers and prospects was strong. The company is planning to open a European distribution center in July 2018.
The Interzoo’s expanded supporting program including a Retail Tour, Country Sessions, various live acts and short topic-related conferences, met with an extremely positive response among exhibitors and visitors alike,”Bollhöfer reported.