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Petfood Forum

Where the Global Petfood Industry does business.

April 3-5, 2017


Why Attend Petfood Forum

If you are a member of the Petfood manufacturing industry, Petfood Forum is the most important conference of the year to invest your budget to attend, and here are a few of the many reasons why:


Petfood Forum events are executive-level conferences for the global petfood and pet treat industry, and include an exclusive exhibition of industry suppliers, co-packers and service providers. Attendees include professionals working in nutrition, ingredient and processing technologies, packaging, food science, R&D, product development, food safety, QA/QC, purchasing, import/export and regulatory compliance. It is estimated that nearly 1,900 petfood and pet treat professionals from around the world will attend the 2015 event.

A sample of feedback from our attendees:

“Everyone that is anyone in the Pet Food Industry is attending. A great place to network and make new contacts.”

“Best conference of the year - where else can you go to laugh about the past, be informed about the present, and get a glimpse of the future.”

“Great experience - I have attended the show over 15 years and will continue to as it brings value to our company.”


Petfood Forum conferences are focused on providing attendees and exhibitors a productive, memorable and enjoyable experience with something new to offer, year after year. With a Full Petfood Forum Conference Pass, registration will include:

·         2-day full conference pass with full Breakfast and Lunch plus multiple coffee breaks each day

·         Opening Night Reception

·         Tuesday Happy Hour Reception

·         Closing night Kansas City BBQ Bash

·         Access to all speakers, educational sessions and the Exhibit Hall

Early Bird discount rate will save 15% off the regular registration rate. Group discount rates with savings of up to 20% are also available. Students are welcomed and encouraged to attend, and will receive their own special discounted rate. Day passes and Exhibit Hall-only passes are also available.


By relocating to Kansas City, Mo., the Petfood Forum conference and exhibition is now in the heart of where more than 70 animal health and petfood company headquarters are located, offering the chance for attendees and exhibitors to do a lot more business over the course of the two day show. It provides the ability to meet those hard to reach prospects, have project update meetings on site with customers and meet new leads thru networking events. If you’re not sure who is present, you will receive a list of exhibitors and attendees upon check in. No other Petfood manufacturing industry event provides the opportunity to visit with nearly 200 suppliers from ingredient, additive and formulation solutions, processing and packaging equipment, flexible packaging solutions, co-packing solutions and services, and consulting and additional services, all in one location.

The new host hotel, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, boasts over 900 rooms and spacious, newly remodeled lounge areas. It is conveniently located 1 block away from the Kansas City Convention Center, a 5-minute walk from the Kansas City Power & Light District, the city’s newest and very popular entertainment district, and a short 20 minute drive from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI). With all that Kansas City has to offer, there are plenty of places to take customers and prospects to dine and enjoy the nightlife.

Education – designed by Petfood industry professionals, for Petfood industry professionals

The Petfood Forum content advisory board carefully selects speakers and analyzes industry trends each and every year to ensure new and relevant topics. Educational sessions deliver the opportunity to learn the latest research and innovative information on pet nutrition, global petfood market growth, petfood safety, processing, packaging and much more—all from leading, recognized industry experts. For the convenience of all who attend, a USB flash drive with all Powerpoint presentations is included at registration check-in.

Another unique educational feature is Petfood Innovation Workshop, which will take place on Monday, April 18th, 2016. The 2016 Petfood Innovation Workshop will have a new theme (in 2015 the theme was Next Generation Treats), and will again feature a hands-on format and take place before the start of Petfood Forum, in one day, on Monday, April 18th, 2016, from 9am – 5pm. The new 2016 theme, will be announced by late 2015 via press release.