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APPA Celebrates 50 Years in 2008!

- APPA Reaches Golden Milestone as the Leading Not-For-Profit Trade Association -

GREENWICH, CONN., December 17, 2007 – The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPA) is proud to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008!

APPA has been promoting, developing and advancing pet ownership, the pet products industry and its members since 1958.Back then, a modest group of 16 shared a common interest and tried to pool their resources to strengthen the industry.Today, APPA is made up of over 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers.

“I am truly proud to be part of this success,” said APPA President Bob Vetere. “Celebrating 50 years is a major accomplishment and I thank our outstanding staff, partners and member companies for their support over the years.”

Over the years APPA has also established a Government and Regulatory Affairs Department.This committee helps monitor and respond to important legislation and regulations.Most notably, APPA’s Government Affairs team played a key role in the passing of the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act (MUMS) – one of the most significant pieces of federal legislation to the pet product industry in recent history.

In 2005, APPA introduced the PAL (Pets Add Life) PSA Campaign designed to encourage people to appreciate the value of pet ownership as well as promote responsible pet ownership.

APPA will commemorate their 50th anniversary at Global Pet Expo 2008 which will feature almost 800 exhibitors and more than 2300 booths – the largest figures ever for APPA.Global Pet Expo, the largest annual pet industry trade show in the world, is presented by APPA and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA).

For more information on joining APPA, call 1-800-452-1225 or visit

The American Pet Products Manufacturer's Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit for more information.