About Petfood Forum

Petfood Forum 2020 has been reimagined into Petfood Forum CONNECT

This interactive virtual experience is scheduled for September 9-10 and 15-17.

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

Audience

Petfood Forum CONNECT brings the global pet food and treat industry together to network, learn and move business forward.

Attendees will 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. A unique collection of pet food industry suppliers will also participate, and these include ingredient suppliers, packaging material and equipment suppliers, processing equipment and technology suppliers, co-packers, consultants and more.

“As a European based pet food industry guy, one of the big attractions for me is the opportunity to participate in the world’s biggest and premiere pet food industry event without leaving the shores of Europe. Of course, I would rather be there but I personally think this is a major attraction for 2020 at least.” – David Primrose, Managing Director of Synergy Food Ingredients Ltd.

Now with Petfood Forum CONNECT as a virtual event it is more accessible to global audiences allowing them to experience the same educational content with technology-enabled networking benefits.

Value

Petfood Forum CONNECT is designed to organize a time and place for the industry to connect and do business when face-to-face meetings are not possible.

Registration is now open. Registration includes access to 15+ educational sessions and panel discussions, digital showroom directory showcasing 150+ supplier companies, 1:1 meeting scheduler, daily pet food tech talks and student research presentations and live Q&A discussions with speakers.

Watch our short video series to get an idea of what the virtual event will look like and the many features it will offer to attendees and sponsors.

Business

The volatile pet food market has been disrupted on all levels and building partnerships is becoming more important for product development, distribution and securing supplies.

Petfood Forum CONNECT is the best place for pet food market leaders to engage with the global industry’s top decision-makers. This unique virtual event provides the only place in 2020 with an all-inclusive opportunity to interact and have essential business dialogue with leading industry suppliers, pet food manufacturing professionals, brand experts, pet food retailers, consultants and universities.

Education – designed by pet food industry professionals, for pet food industry professionals

Pet food market situations, consumer demands, ingredient fluctuations, and access to raw materials are all changing quickly due to COVID-19. Petfood Forum CONNECT is a virtual conference that offers the latest pet food research and market data and trends which will provide solutions to these radical market changes, plus offer insights and analysis from leading pet food experts from around the world on ingredients, regulatory issues and other key areas.

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If I have a question on my registration, who can I talk to?

For assistance with your registration contact customer service at:
Email: Events@wattglobal.com

General Conference and Trade Show Questions

Is Petfood Forum 2020 conference and exhibition happening in Kansas City?

We have reimagined Petfood Forum 2020, which was to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, this August, into Petfood Forum CONNECT. This will be a new, virtual experience taking place on September 9-10, and 15-17, 2020.

What is Petfood Forum CONNECT?

Petfood Forum CONNECT is a virtual experience scheduled for September 9-10, and 15-17, 2020. This event features a power-packed lineup of speakers from the Petfood Forum 2020 program including keynote Bonin Bough (CPG brand expert), David Sprinkle (Package Facts) and Paola Cane, Ph.D. (Mia Solution), to name a few. PLUS, exclusive access to networking opportunities with Petfood Forum CONNECT sponsors from across the supply chain, as well as connecting with other attendees from around the globe.

What are the dates of Petfood Forum CONNECT?

September 9-10, and 15-17, 2020. The virtual event will take place each day from 9 am – 12 pm CST.

I was registered to attend Petfood Forum 2020, am I registered to attend Petfood Forum CONNECT?

Yes, your current Petfood Forum 2020 registration will automatically be valid for Petfood Forum CONNECT.

How do I register for Petfood Forum CONNECT?

Registration for Petfood Forum CONNECT is now open. Register here.

What is included in my registration?

You’ll have access to the entire platform where you can watch 15+ live and on-demand educational sessions, build connections during virtual networking meetups, participate in live Q&A discussions with speakers and meet one-on-one with pet food professionals from around the world. Plus, you’ll have exclusive access to a directory of Digital Showrooms allowing you to schedule one-to-one partnership meetings with key pet food industry suppliers.

Is Petfood Forum CONNECT mobile responsive or must I login with a computer?

Yes, the Petfood Forum CONNECT platform is mobile responsive so you can access content on your mobile device.

I already booked my hotel for Petfood Forum in Kansas City; what should I do?

If you had a reservation at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown or at the Loews Kansas City Hotel, your reservation will automatically be cancelled, and deposits returned. If your reservation was made outside of those two hotels, you will need to contact your hotel directly to cancel your room.

What is your refund policy for Petfood Forum 2020?

If you were registered for Petfood Forum 2020, your registration is valid for Petfood Forum CONNECT plus, you can invite additional colleagues or clients to join the virtual event at no additional cost.

For further assistance with your registration please contact customer service at events@wattglobal.com

If I cannot attend, how can I change the name on my registration so a colleague can attend in my place?

Please send your request to Events@wattglobal.com and we’ll take care of it for you!

I registered for Petfood Forum 2020, when will I receive my promo code to invite colleagues or clients to join Petfood Forum CONNECT?

Once registration is open, you will receive a link to build your event profile where you will be prompted to enter the name and email address of your guest. Then an invitation for your colleague will automatically be generated. If you need assistance registering your guest, please email the name and email address of your guest to Events@wattglobal.com and we will send your guest the link.

Who is expected to participate?

Attendees will 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. A unique collection of pet food industry suppliers will also participate, and these include ingredient suppliers, packaging material and equipment suppliers, processing equipment and technology suppliers, co-packers, consultants and more.

How many companies do you estimate will participate in the Digital Showroom Directory?

We are expecting approximately 150+ companies to host Digital Showrooms in the directory. Several top pet food suppliers including, 1Solution Group, AFB International, Camlin Fine Sciences, Extru-Tech, Inc., Kemin Nutrisurance, Peel Plastic Products, Schenck Process and Trouw Nutrition, have already signed on as virtual showroom sponsors and are eager to meetup with attendees this September.

Petfood Forum CONNECT will attract suppliers from the pet food industry’s largest global database of companies that provide brands, manufacturers and co-packers with ingredient, additive and formulation solutions, processing and packaging equipment, flexible packaging solutions, safety solutions, co-packing solutions and services, and consulting and additional services, all in one location.

What can I expect from the Petfood Forum CONNECT conference agenda?

Petfood Forum CONNECT will feature more than 15 educational sessions including keynote presentation from CPG expert Bonin Bough, and general sessions presented by a representative with Nielsen and David Sprinkle with Packaged Facts. The agenda will also include sessions and panel discussions on moving past COVID-19, pet food consumer trends and marketing, nutrition, ingredients and more. Plus, the latest pet food technologies and research will be showcased daily.

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Are sessions available on-demand?

There will be a mix of live and pre-recorded content as well as live interactive networking events. Sessions will remain available on-demand through the end of September.

My company registered for a booth at the live event, who do I speak with to find out what my opportunities are for sponsorships?

Contact the Petfood Forum Sales Team at exhibitorinfo@wattglobal.com.

My company was planning to exhibit and had registered me for a full conference or exhibitor badge at Petfood Forum. Do I have to register again, or will this automatically be transferred to Petfood Forum Connect?

If you were registered for Petfood Forum 2020, your registration is valid for Petfood Forum CONNECT, plus you can invite additional colleagues or clients to join the virtual experience at no additional cost.

Does Petfood Forum CONNECT impact plans for Petfood Forum 2021?

No, Petfood Forum 2021 is still scheduled to take place on April 26-28, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Petfood Forum Contact Information

Event Exhibit Sales & Sponsorships

Karen Blandford-Anderson
National Sales Director
kblandford-anderson@wattglobal.com
Phone: +1.603.432.9290

Melissa Thrune
Sales Manager
mthrune@wattglobal.com
Phone: +1.815.222.0112

Simon Lee
Southeast Asia Sales
slee@wattglobal.com
Phone: +852.9437.2779

Uwe Riemeyer
European Sales Agent
InterMediaPartners GmbH
uriemeyer@wattglobal.com
Phone: +49.0.202.271690

Executive

Steve Akins
Executive Vice President, Publisher
Global Petfood/Events
sakins@wattglobal.com
Phone: +1.815.209.6444

Event Operations

Martine Landry
Director of Events
mlandry@wattglobal.com
Phone: +1.239.250.1768

Event Content

Debbie Phillips-Donaldson
Editor-in-Chief
dphillips@wattglobal.com
Phone: +1.815.966.5424

Event Marketing

Nancy Batio
Director of Marketing
nbatio@wattglobal.com
Phone: +1.815.966.5422

Event Support

events@wattglobal.com
Phone: +678.525.3596