The annual conference and exhibition will still be held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo., USA. The rescheduling happened in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and well-being of all Petfood Forum participants.
“The proactive decision to shift show dates will allow all stakeholders to experience the most beneficial and productive conference and exhibition for the pet food and treat manufacturing industry,” said Steve Akins, executive vice president of global petfood and events.
Most of the session topics and speakers, as well as many other conference features previously announced, will remain. Bonin Bough, a world-renowned consumer packaged goods (CPG) expert, will provide the opening keynote presentation during the morning of Aug. 20. Additionally, the conference includes three general sessions providing insights on emerging trends, consumer purchasing behavior and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The 2020 program also consists of four concurrent session tracks on ingredients, nutrition and market trends, safety, and technology. CBD, sustainability and microbiome will be the topic of discussion during various roundtables.
New in 2020, Petfood Essentials will take place the day prior to the commencement of Petfood Forum, now scheduled for Aug. 19. This new interactive pre-con offers an overview of two of the most essential areas of dry pet food: production and safety.
This year’s Petfood Forum exhibition will be the show’s largest ever, comprising of over 350 suppliers of pet food ingredients, equipment, packaging materials, test services and more.
Petfood Forum 2020 provides a place for pet food professionals from around the world to network, exchange ideas and do business with one another and with the industry’s leading pet food manufacturers and suppliers.
For more information about the 2020 Petfood Forum, to view the agenda and to register visit, PetfoodForumEvents.com.
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