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Officials from Global Pet Expo along with Pet Business proudly announced the first-ever Global Pet Expo Retailer Excellence Awards on March 1 at their annual trade show in Orlando, Florida.

The Retailer Excellence Awards were designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories. Especially for Pets won the Excellence in Store Design Award.


Michael DiTullio, owner, said it was “an incredible honor just to be nominated for this award. I am very proud of this designation, especially for being chosen among so many great retailers from across the country. Thank you Global Pet & Pet Business for this distinction.”

Entries were judged by a committee consisting of Global Pet Expo and Pet Business media staff members, as well as a panel of select retailers.

Global Pet Expo, the pet industry's largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2011 Show featured 835 exhibitors, 2,380 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 4,691 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. For more information, visit