Changing Perspectives on Pet Industry Representation

The Pet Industry Distributors Association, was organized in 1968 for the purpose of promoting progress within the pet industry and to conduct programs and activities on behalf of the wholesaler-distributor. Our mission is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers, and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human/companion animal bond. PIDA is a cosponsor of the annual Global Pet Expo each spring.

PIDA has a long history of recognizing its supplier partners for outstanding service to the pet products industry. The first Packaging & Labeling Awards were presented in 1970 to manufacturers that did an exceptional job in packaging and labeling their products. In 1980, this award was succeeded by the Best New Product and Point of Purchase Display Awards. For more than 20 years, PIDA annually recognized manufacturers whose products and displays were superior in design, quality, usefulness and packaging.

In 1984, PIDA also began recognizing a single manufacturer each year whose business policies demonstrated an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the wholesaler-distributors’ position in the channel. This Wholesale Policy Award soon became the most prestigious award presented by the organization.

In 2003, PIDA modified the awards program to expand the Wholesale Policy Award and recognize manufacturers for specific policies and practices that are distributor friendly. PIDA recognizes suppliers in four categories of achievement. And in 2007, PIDA expanded the awards again to also recognize Distributors in three categories of achievement. Awards are presented during the Annual Management Conference in January/February each year.

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