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Booming Market Opportunities in the Hemp Industry for Pets and Pet Retailers




(PRESS RELEASE) PHILADELPHIA, PA – Hemp and CBD products for pets are hottest topics in the pet industry today.  Pet Connections Expo will present a lively interactive panel discussion on this topic on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.  The panel of experts will include Hunter Buffington, Executive Director, Colorado Hemp Industries Association; Bill Bookout, Founding Member, National Animal Supplement Council and Greg Tilford, CEO, Animal Essentials.  They explore the topic and encourage audience members’ participation on the question “Is the Opportunity Real or Risky?”

The Cannabis movement has grown dramatically across the United States and Hemp is now available for both human and pet consumption.  This panel will explore the past, present and potential future legal issues surrounding the use of Hemp and CBD in animal feeds and as health products. The discussion will include a forecast of the future of hemp in the animal retail industry and the development of a feed additive petition to be submitted to the FDA-CVM.  Independent retailers will learn about the potential industrial hemp has to influence the pet industry and what this means for the Hemp products already on your shelves.

“The only time I have seen anything similar in terms of excitement for Hemp and CBD products is when the first soft chew delivery products were introduced in the mid-2000s.  However, with all the excitement, the potential regulatory and legal issues surrounding these products create both uncertainty and also business risk.  This panel will try and give stakeholders accurate information in a very dynamic and fluid environment so people can make informed business decisions while acting responsibly for the health of the animals we love.”  Says Bill Bookout, NASC. 

Independent retailers that attend the Expo will walk away understanding what industrial hemp is as well as the legal ramifications of CBD.  Participants will learn what products are made from industrial hemp and discover how these products are made, who regulates their production and how to find quality products you can trust.  


“Industrial hemp in animal feed and products benefits not only the animals; but also, owners, retailers and ultimately farmers. As an industry that only begun three years ago in Colorado and is now an exploding market across the US, we need to develop partnerships with producers, regulators and retailers to manage the true potential of hemp. I look forward to meeting them at Pet Connections Expo,” stated Hunter Buffington, Executive Director, Colorado Hemp Industries Association.

“As the producers of Pet Connections Expo, we strive to provide the most up to date information and education on pet industry trends; with the ultimate goal of empowering retailers to succeed.  We are pleased to add this exciting panel to our program.” states Bill Doherty, Pet Connections Show Director.  This session is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, October 3 at 11:00am.  All conference sessions are free to qualified pet retailers.  Further details on the 2018 Pet Connections Expo can be found at



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At first it was just an idea: Animal supplements needed the same quality control that human-grade supplements receive. But that was enough to start a movement and an organization —the National Animal Supplement Council — that would be dedicated to establishing a comprehensive path forward for the animal supplements industry. In this Media Spotlight interview, NASC’s president, Bill Bookout, talks to PETS+ interviewer Chloe DiVita about the industry today: Where it’s headed, what’s the latest focus and why it’s vital to gain the involvement of independent pet product retailers.

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