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Join 3,000 attendees from 38 countries at the must-attend pet food industry event

Be part of 2018’s exclusive global event unlike any other in the pet food industry on April 23-25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo., USA. Petfood Forum includes a three-day agenda loaded with opportunities to meet with industry professionals from all over the world, learn the latest pet food trends, discover new tools for success and share ideas. The event will kick off with Petfood Innovation Workshop, and will continue with two full days of educational sessions, including keynotes from Jack Hanna and Brian Hare.

The 2018 edition features an Exhibit Hall floor where attendees will engage with over 275 of the pet food industry’s top suppliers and manufacturers. For the fourth consecutive year, Petfood Forum is taking place in Kansas City, Mo., which is the heart of the Animal Health Corridor, giving attendees access to more than 300 animal health companies located within it.

Make plans to attend Petfood Forum 2018 and be a part of the next edition of the global pet food industry’s largest event. Register now to reserve your spot. There are several registration options available, making it easy to customize your Petfood Forum experience.

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Petfood Forum is:

  • The best opportunity for thousands of pet food industry professionals from all over the world to come together to learn the latest pet food trends, network with experts, discover new tools for success and conduct business.
  • Where pet food market leaders come to engage with the global industry’s top decision makers, including major pet food manufacturers, pet food ingredient, pet food packaging, pet food safety and pet food processing technology experts.
  • A focused forum for exclusive networking with peers to form meaningful partnerships the most effective way, face-to-face.
  • The best place to find the ideal addition to your company through the Student Program, which attracts the top talent of future pet food professionals.

Petfood Forum 2018 educational sessions will feature a dynamic lineup of globally recognized pet food industry experts. These valuable learning opportunities provide insights on the latest pet food market trends, pet food ingredients research, pet food safety, pet food packaging trends, and more.

Attendees include professionals working in pet food nutrition, ingredient and processing technologies, packaging, food science, R&D, product development, food safety, QA/QC, purchasing, import/export and regulatory compliance.

Press and media seeking admission into Petfood Forum must be approved by the event organizers. Organizers will provide press releases, and video footage taken by Petfood Forum staff upon request. Please contact Steve Akins at for more information.

Petfood Innovation Workshop 2018 features
New Product Development Journey theme

NEW and only for Spring 2018 – Don’t miss the “New Product Development Journey: Stages of Innovation”

The 2018 edition of Petfood Innovation Workshop will break down the process that a business experiences during new product development with an emphasis on the stages of innovation. This unique hands-on pet food workshop will take place the day prior to the commencement of Petfood Forum, on April 23, 2018 at Kansas State University Olathe in Olathe, Kansas.

New product development is the lifeblood for most companies, especially in the dynamic pet food industry. Successful practitioners have mastered the path from idea through concept definition to launch. This path has many steps, and each is important to execute properly. Finding the right partners and applying the right technology along this path are essential elements to the commercial enterprise and ultimate success.

This year’s Petfood Innovation Workshop on April 23 will provide participants with those essential elements – tricks, tips and traps to avoid during the product development cycle – for the successful launch of new products. Suppliers of ingredients, equipment and technologies, along with their expertise, can provide a needed boost to speed to market. These supplier-sponsors will provide interactive technical and creative thoughts on how to best deal with some of the key challenges in getting the product from the drawing board to store shelves and into pets’ homes.

The journey will begin with an update of market trends and data in pet food new product development and an overview of the journey and all the various paths one can take. Then we will take a short trip to Kansas State University-Olathe to work through a series of engaging exercises and hands-on experiences to describe and resolve challenges in the new product process.

View the Petfood Innovation Workshop agenda. 

Learn about: 

  • Selection of ingredients for functionality, claims and nutrition impact.
  • Processing and equipment to convert these ingredients into world-class products, shapes, textures and other beneficial formats.
  • Flavor systems to bring out the best in the pet and acceptance by the pet owner.
  • Preservatives and packaging systems to support in-store presence of products, retention of nutrition and aroma properties and visual appeal.
  • Novel approaches to managing the process with time and cost benchmarks.
  • Communication with customers, services to manage problem solving and methods to support launch and repeat purchase.

The day will be filled with next-generation ideas, experiences and concepts. Participants will have many opportunities to network with sponsors and other pet food professionals. All in all, Petfood Innovation Workshop provides a chance to see inside the trade and experience a fun, stress-free environment learning about the competitive edge of new product development in the pet food industry.

Space is limited for this one-time-only workshop, so reserve your place now! Registration is now open. To learn more about registration options, click here.




Suppliers  40%
Pet Food Manufacturers  37%
Distributor/Broker/Import  10%
Veterinarians/Nutritionists  8%
Other  2%
University/Government  1%

Group Discounts

Invite your whole team and save on registration!

5% Off for Groups of 5-9, 10% Off for Groups of 10-14 and 15% Off for Groups of 15 or more!

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Discounts cannot be combined. Student rate not eligible for Early Bird discount offer.

Petfood Forum is a unique and exclusive event serving the global pet treat and pet food manufacturing industry, and includes an exclusive exhibition of industry suppliers, co-packers and service providers.