Visitor numbers at last month’s PATS Sandown show were up by 2.5% on the previous year, the organisers have announced.
A total of 1,837 visitors attended this year’s PATS Sandown, as retailers and buyers turned out in force to discover hundreds of new products being launched at the show.
The New Product Showcase, sponsored by PBW News, was a busy area throughout the event, while many exhibitors reported a high degree of confidence being shown within the UK pet industry.
New business COYA Pet used PATS Sandown to launch its freeze-dried raw pet food and treats, and founder Peter Roy said he was very pleased with the response from visitors.
“The level of interest in our products has been extremely high, and it has come from the people that matter – the decision makers. The show gave us an ideal opportunity for face-to-face chats, and explain the benefits of our food and treats.”
Event director Gordon Thomas added: “PATS Sandown has proved to be a huge success in terms of the number of exhibitors and visitors attending this year’s show plus so many new products being showcased. We were also pleased with the high quality of visitors.
“The reaction to the exhibition is a clear sign that the UK pet market is buoyant and active with so many companies, both established and new, launching hundreds of new products.”
The next PATS show, at the Telford International Centre, Shropshire, takes place on October 1-2, 2023.