About Petfood Forum

Petfood Forum 2022 is scheduled for May 2-4, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

If you are a member of the pet food manufacturing industry, Petfood Forum 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 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.

Please note: Petfood Forum does not sell or transfer attendee information to third-parties for commercial purposes.

“Petfood Forum is a must-see event for companies involved in the pet food industry. It truly is where the global pet food industry does business. The amount of knowledge, networking and future forecasting for the pet food industry is second to none.” – Andrew L., business development, EDL Massman, LLC

Value

Petfood Forum is designed to organize a time and place for the industry to connect and move business forward.

Registration will open November 2021. Multiple registration options will be available allowing attendees to select a package that best fits their needs.

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. In 2019, 70% of attendees found new companies to do business with at Petfood Forum.

Petfood Forum is the best place for pet food market leaders to engage with the global industry’s top decision-makers. This unique event provides 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 availability and regulation requirements are all changing quickly, and in some cases significantly. Petfood Forum 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.

If I have a question who can I talk to?

For assistance, contact customer service at:
Email: Events@wattglobal.com

>> We are working hard to create a safe meeting place for the pet food industry. View the most recent guidelines and helpful resources.

General Conference and Trade Show Questions

What is Petfood Forum?

Petfood Forum, organized and hosted by WATT Global Media and Petfood Industry, is the pet food industry’s global conference and exhibition focused on research and technologies utilized in the development, formulation and processing of pet food and treats.

Petfood Forum is the pet food industry’s must-attend event for global networking and business, as well as for education on the latest research and trends in pet food manufacturing. Learn more about the history of Petfood Forum.

Currently, Petfood Forum features a three-day agenda and commences with the Petfood Essentials.

Where is Petfood Forum located?

Petfood Forum is located in the heart of the Animal Health Corridor in Kansas City, Missouri, USA at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Kansas City Convention Center
301 West 13th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

What are future dates for Petfood Forum?

2022: May 2-4

What companies will be exhibiting at Petfood Forum?

Petfood Forum attracts exhibitors from the pet food industry’s largest collection of companies that supply brand and private-label manufacturers with 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.

View the entire list of 2021 exhibitors, search by exhibitor name or by product category.

What can I expect from the conference agenda?

Petfood Forum includes dozens of educational sessions held throughout the trade show and conference each year. The educational sessions are focused primarily on market trends and data, nutrition, ingredients, packaging, and processing and food safety.

In 2021, Petfood Forum featured keynote speaker Tom Fishburne, three general sessions, three panel discussions, four educational tracks featuring three concurrent sessions each, several tech talk presentations and a multiple oral and poster presentations given by select undergraduate, graduated and Ph.D. students, as well as industry researchers. The 2021 educational sessions are now available on-demand for only $195 USD. Register here.

What is the Petfood Essentials?

Petfood Essentials is a one-day pre-conference seminar that takes place the day prior to the commencement of Petfood Forum.

In 2021, Petfood Essentials will offer a deep dive into ingredients, product positioning and supply chain. Each session provides an expert’s explanation of the key steps, processes and consideration in that area, plus an interactive exercise. Registration is open now. Additionally, the pre-conference provides unique networking opportunities. Learn more.

Who attends Petfood Forum?

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.

In 2019, Petfood Forum attracted a record attendance with more than 3,000 pet food professionals from 38 countries and over 350 supplier companies.

When did Petfood Forum events get their start?

In 1992, Petfood Forum started as a small, 100-person and 10-tabletop event in Des Plaines, Illinois. The show eventually outgrew its Des Plaines venue and moved to the Hyatt in Rosemont, Illinois, right next to O’Hare International Airport. Still growing, the show then relocated to Schaumburg, Illinois, where it remained for several years. But by 2014, Petfood Forum had outgrown its space yet again. The 2015 show debuted at its new and current home, in Kansas City, in the heart of the Animal Health Corridor.

Does Petfood Forum serve the global pet food industry?

Yes, Petfood Forum, hosted in Kansas City, provides show visitors from all over the world with opportunities to network with industry peers, learn from leading pet food experts, visit with suppliers and transact business with one another on a global level. The 2019 edition of Petfood Forum attracted attendance from 38 countries including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Thailand and many others.

Petfood Forum’s international events include: Petfood Forum Asia, Petfood Forum China and Petfood Forum Europe.

How are Petfood Industry magazine and WATT Global Media affiliated with Petfood Forum?

Petfood Forum is organized and hosted by Petfood Industry magazine. Petfood Industry has been the leading source of information for the global pet food manufacturing industry for more than 50 years, delivering insights and knowledge via a monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and other media formats.

Both are owned by WATT Global Media, a full-service publishing and media company founded in 1917 that provides exceptional business content and solutions to the agribusiness industry. As an industry innovator, WATT Global Media has connected buyers and sellers in the poultry, pig, animal feed and pet food industries through its media channels for more than 100 years.

Petfood Forum’s international events include: Petfood Forum Asia, Petfood Forum China and Petfood Forum Europe.

Logistics

What is the headquarter hotel for the next Petfood Forum and how do I reserve a room?

The Kansas City Marriott Downtown is the host hotel for Petfood Forum, which is conveniently located 1 block away from the Kansas City Convention Center. Attendees receive special group discounts at the Marriott Downtown and Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel, based on availability.

Please refer to our Hotel and Travel section for more information on our suggested hotels and room block details and deadlines.

PLEASE BE AWARE: In order to appropriately and safely secure your hotel rooms, please only use the links provided on the Petfood Forum website to ensure you are booking within the official Petfood Forum room blocks. We do not affiliate with anyone that conducts telephone or email solicitations for booking hotels and do not recommend you arrange your hotel reservations with any of those groups.

Is my hotel stay included in the cost of registration?

All attendees are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements, the cost of which is not included in your registration fees.

Please refer to our Hotel and Travel section for more information on our suggested hotels and room block details and deadlines.

In order to ensure the best possible rate and room availability, each room reservation requires a two-night, non-refundable deposit upon reservation.

How do I get to Petfood Forum?

Kansas City, Missouri is centrally located in the heart of America. It is easily accessible by interstates and highways. Additionally, Kansas City International Airport (MCI) makes flying in and out for the conference and exhibition easy. Learn more at flykci.com.

Taxi and car services are available throughout the city. Taxi stands are located at all major hotels, shopping and entertainment districts.

How do I get to the show each day?

Some hotels, including the headquarter hotel the Kansas City Marriott Downtown and Loews, are within walking distance of the Kansas City Convention Center. There is an underground tunnel into the Convention Center from inside the Barney Allis Plaza Garage. This garage is located directly across from the Little Theatre/Music Hall.

Is parking available at Petfood Forum?

Discounted parking of $12/day at the Kansas City Convention Center is available to Petfood Forum attendees and exhibitors driving to Petfood Forum and Petfood Essentials.

In front of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel and directly across from the Little Theater/Music Hall, the Convention Center main parking lot is the Barney Allis Plaza Garage located between 12th & 13th and between Central & Wyandotte.

Is there an airport shuttle?

Taxis and ride share services including Uber and Lyft are available from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel and Kansas City Convention Center.

The average taxi fare to/from downtown Kansas City is $52, plus fees.  Kansas City Marriott Downtown is 20 miles from the MCI (KCI) Airport.

Are there restaurants and entertainment within walking distance?

There are many dining and entertainment options just a few blocks away from the convention center and Marriott, including the popular Power & Light District. View the Petfood Forum Entertainment Guide for area dining and entertainment options.

KC Savings offers exclusive discounts for visitors and convention attendees. Learn more.

Registration

What is the cost to attend Petfood Forum?

For your convenience, multiple registration options are available.  View registration options.

How do I register for educational programs?

Several options are available for attending the educational sessions at Petfood Forum. View registration options.

The Petfood Forum Full Conference pass includes the complete Petfood Forum experience: 2-day full conference pass with breakfast and lunch, plus multiple coffee breaks each day, opening night reception, Thursday happy hour reception, access to all speakers, educational session and the Exhibit Hall.

Petfood Forum Day Pass (purchased for Thursday or Friday only): 1-day full conference pass with breakfast and lunch, plus coffee breaks and receptions with full access to educational session and Exhibit Hall.

PLUS a 2021 exclusive: on-demand event access to educational session recordings, one-on-one meeting scheduler, attendee list and digital showrooms.

Due to COVID-19, I can’t travel is there a virtual option?

Several event features of Petfood Forum will be available on demand, which includes access to 17 educational sessions and 10 tech talk recordings, one-on-one meeting scheduler, attendee list and digital showrooms. The on-demand sessions will be available from September 27 until December 31, 2021, allowing you to learn regardless of ability to travel. Register for the on-demand pass for only $195.

Are meals included in the cost of registration?

All meals shown on the Petfood Forum schedule of events are included in the cost of your registration, for the days that you are registered to attend. We encourage attendees to join us and continue to network during these times. View the schedule.

What is the refund policy?

You may cancel your participation at any time but please be aware of the event cancellation policy listed below. If you cancel before June 1, 2021, you will be refunded your registration fee less a 15% processing fee. If you cancel on or after June 2, 2021, you will not be eligible for a refund, but may send someone in your place.

All name substitutions must be complete by is August 20, 2021. Please e-mail additions, changes and/or cancellation requests to: events@wattglobal.com. All fees must be paid by September 10, 2021.

2021 registrations that were deferred from Petfood Forum 2020 are not eligible for a refund, though may still transfer to another person by the name substitution deadline and method as stated here.

How do I register without using social media?

Registering with social media is not required. Please look below the social buttons on the registration screen for the link “or click here to register with your email” and proceed accordingly.

I am pre-registered; how will I receive my badge?

Your name badge, lanyard and program materials will be available at Petfood Forum registration located in the 2300 Lobby of the Kansas City Convention Center. To assist with making the registration process at the convention center quick and easy, a scan-and-go barcode will be sent via email to the address entered on the registration prior to the show. Be sure to bring this barcode with you when you check in at Petfood Forum.

I lost my badge how do I get a new one?

A new badge can be printed at the registration desk for a fee of $150.

International

How do I obtain a VISA?

To obtain a visa to visit Petfood Forum, you will need to contact the embassy in your country.

 

Due to COVID-19, I can’t travel is there a virtual option?

Several event features of Petfood Forum will be available on demand, which includes access to 17 educational sessions and 8 tech talk recordings, one-on-one meeting scheduler, attendee list and digital showrooms. The on-demand sessions will be available from September 27 until December 31, 2021, allowing you to learn regardless of ability to travel. Register for the on-demand pass for only $195.

 

During the Conference and Trade Show

What are the 2021 Petfood Forum show hours?

Access the agenda to view the full schedule.

Petfood Essentials Sept. 22: 8 am – 5 pm
Opening reception Sept. 22: 5-7 pm
Sept. 23: 7 am – 6 pm
Sept. 24: 7 am – 2 pm

Where is the exhibit hall located?

The exhibit hall is located in Halls D and E in the Kansas City Convention Center.

How can I locate a booth I am looking for?

You can search for Petfood Forum exhibitors through the online event map. The Petfood Forum program will also have exhibitor listings and a floor map, and this information will be offered at registration during the event.

The Petfood Forum mobile app makes it very easy to search and find exhibitors. Download the app here: Apple iTunes >> | Google Play >>

Where can I find food and beverages?

Breakfast, lunch, break refreshments and evening receptions, will be provided at specific times during the conference and exhibition. View the agenda for times and locations.

Where can I find an agenda?

A detailed schedule for Petfood Forum 2021 can be located here. While attending the conference and exhibition, the agenda can be found in the program guide available at registration and on the Petfood Forum mobile app.

Download the app here: Apple iTunes >> | Google Play >>

Where can I make copies or ship items?

The Harvest Business Center is available at the Kansas City Convention Center located near Lobby 2200. For a fee copying, printing, office supplies and shipping via Federal Express and UPS.

Where can I charge my phone?

Charging stations are located randomly throughout the Exhibit Hall D-E and in Lobby 2300 by registration.

Where can I find a scooter or wheelchair?

Wheelchairs can be reserved in advance and checked out at the Event Services Office on Level 1 of the Convention Center. There is no charge to borrow a wheelchair; however, a driver’s license is required and will be held until the wheelchair is returned. For reserving a wheelchair and general inquiries, call 816.513.5000.