Petfood Forum focuses on pet food workforce, supply issues

Petfood Forum 2022 will continue its focus on the top opportunities and challenges facing the pet food industry, including current labor shortages.

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Petfood Forum offers many opportunities to network with other pet food professionals. l Kristi Dougherty

Pet food, like most other industries, continues to maneuver through issues like labor shortages and supply chain disruptions. Keeping its focus on the top opportunities and challenges facing the industry, Petfood Forum 2022 will feature experts addressing these topics, including an opening keynote on leadership by Coach Ken Carter.

Scheduled for May 2-4 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Petfood Forum 2022 will kick off its conference portion with the opening session on May 3 by Carter, a former high school basketball coach best known for his powerful coaching style that inspired the film “Coach Carter.” Based on his experiences, he will share strategies on creating a workplace culture centered around accountability, integrity, teamwork and leadership to succeed.

On May 4, a panel discussion about the pet food workforce will include presentations on attracting and retaining frontline employees, plus how to increase employee engagement through an improved leadership culture. Other key issues covered during Petfood Forum conference sessions include safety and supply chain management, sustainability and insect protein. Concurrent tracks and general sessions will provide the latest updates on the market, consumer trends, nutrition and ingredient research, processing technologies, safety and pet food regulations.

Pet food student research, networking, supplier solutions

In addition to the full conference program, Petfood Forum participants can network with fellow pet food professionals, find business solutions from industry leading suppliers in the largest Petfood Forum exhibit hall, learn from supplier Tech Talks and discover what students in pet food academic programs are researching.

For people unable to travel to Kansas City, an on-demand version of Petfood Forum sessions will be available after the conference. Registration for that and the in-person event is available at

Petfood Essentials: Deep dive into product development

Leading into Petfood Forum on May 2, a separate seminar, Petfood Essentials: Path to product development success, will help participants understand the many aspects, moving parts and competing interests to address in achieving a successful pet food product launch. Sessions will cover product development stages such as generating new ideas; setting the new product strategy; managing expectations and timelines; considering ingredient, processing and packaging factors; testing; and going to market. Participants will get to practice their learnings during group exercises and a friendly competition throughout the day.

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Who’s exhibiting at Petfood Forum 2022?

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Petfood Forum Europe returns, partners with Interzoo

Petfood Forum Europe, the exclusive conference for the European pet food industry, is returning as an in-person event on May 23, 2022, in Nuremberg, Germany. For the first time, it will be co-located with Interzoo, the leading pet trade fair for the global pet industry, which will take place May 24-27, 2022, also in Nuremberg.

Sessions during the one-day Petfood Forum Europe conference will provide an update on the global and European pet food markets; the latest research on insect protein, omega-3 fatty acids and potato fiber; a new look at in-home testing protocols; safety challenges of novel pet food ingredients; and the sustainability benefits of using a circular model for wet pet food processing and mix packs or multi packs for packaging.

“We are very pleased about the new cooperation with WATT Global Media for Petfood Forum Europe. This will be an exceptional prelude to the fair and will provide an additional forum for in-depth discussions on the important topic of pet food ingredient, nutrition and processing technologies,” said Rowena Arzt, Dr. rer. pol., managing director of Interzoo’s organizer, WZF.

Petfood Forum Europe will offer several networking opportunities for pet food professionals, including with leading industry suppliers. Registration for the conference will include access to Interzoo, the world’s biggest marketing platform for the international pet industry, featuring manufacturers, wholesalers and service providers from more than 60 countries.

For the full Petfood Forum Europe agenda and to register, visit

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