About Petfood Forum

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

Pet food manufacturing equipment

Audience

Petfood Forum events are executive-level conferences for the global pet food and pet treat industry, and include an exclusive exhibition of industry suppliers, co-packers and service providers. Attendees include professionals working in nutrition, ingredient and processing technologies, packaging, food science, R&D, product development, food safety, QA/QC, purchasing, import/export and regulatory compliance. Over 3,000 pet food and pet treat industry professionals attended the 2019 event and this number is expected to grow even more in 2020.

A sample of feedback from our attendees:

“The size and quality of both the attendees and exhibitors were some of the best we’ve seen at any trade show.”

“Everyone that is anyone in the pet food industry is attending. A great place to network and make new contacts.”

“Petfood Forum is the one event that brings the entire pet food manufacturing community together to collaborate on business.”

 

Value

Petfood Forum conferences are focused on providing attendees and exhibitors a productive, memorable and enjoyable experience with something new to offer, year after year. With a Full Petfood Forum Conference Pass, registration will include:

  • 2-day full conference pass with full breakfast and lunch plus multiple coffee breaks each day
  • Opening night reception
  • Tuesday exhibit hall networking reception
  • Closing cocktail reception
  • Access to all speakers, educational sessions and the Exhibit Hall

Group discount rates with savings of up to 30% are also available. Students are welcomed and encouraged to attend, and will receive their own special discounted rate. Day passes and Exhibit Hall-only passes are also available. Registration for Petfood Forum 2020 will open September 2019.

 

Business

By relocating to Kansas City, Mo., the Petfood Forum conference and exhibition is now in the heart of where more than 70 animal health and pet food company headquarters are located, offering the chance for attendees and exhibitors to do a lot more business over the course of the two day show. It provides the ability to meet those hard to reach prospects, have project update meetings on site with customers and meet new leads thru networking events. No other pet food manufacturing industry event provides the opportunity to visit with nearly 350 suppliers from 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.

The Petfood Forum host hotel, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, boasts over 900 rooms and spacious, newly remodeled lounge areas. It is conveniently located 1 block away from the Kansas City Convention Center, a 10-minute walk from the Kansas City Power & Light District, the city’s newest and very popular entertainment district, and a short 20-minute drive from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI). With all that Kansas City has to offer, there are plenty of places to take customers and prospects to dine and enjoy the nightlife.

 

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

The Petfood Forum content advisory board carefully selects speakers and analyzes industry trends each and every year to ensure new and relevant topics. Educational sessions deliver the opportunity to learn the latest research and innovative information on pet nutrition, global pet food market growth, pet food safety, processing, packaging and much more—all from leading, recognized industry experts.

Another unique educational feature is Petfood Innovation Workshop, which will take place on Monday, April 27, 2020. The 2020 Petfood Innovation Workshop will feature a new and exclusive theme, and take place the day before the commencement of Petfood Forum.

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

For assistance with your registration contact customer service at:
Email: EventInfo@wattnet.net
Local phone number: 1.224.563.3768
Toll-free phone number: 1.877.394.9750

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 Innovation Workshop.

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?

2020: April 27-29
2021: April 25-28
2022: April 24-27

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 2020 exhibit hall floor plan, search by exhibitor name or by product category. In 2019, over 350 of the pet food industry’s leading suppliers exhibited at Petfood Forum.

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 2019, Petfood Forum featured a keynote speaker, four general sessions, four panel discussions, four educational tracks featuring five 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. Learn more about the 2019 educational sessions.

The 2020 agenda details will be released soon. 

What is the Petfood Innovation Workshop?

Petfood Innovation Workshop is a one-day event that takes place the day prior to the commencement of Petfood Forum. Each year, the workshop features a new and exclusive theme.

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.

Registration

What is the cost to attend Petfood Forum?

Registration will open September 9, 2019. For your convenience, multiple registration options will be available.

How do I register without using social media?

Registering with social media is not required. Please look below the social media icons on the left-hand side of the registration screen for the link “Register without Social Media,” and proceed accordingly.

I am trying to register, and my password isn’t working.

Your password will reset each year of Petfood Forum. If you are using your password from a previous year that you attended, it has already been cleared from our records. Please proceed with registering as a new attendee. If you have already registered this year and are attempting to log-in to make adjustments to your registration, please contact customer service for help.

Email: EventInfo@wattnet.net
Local phone number: 1.224.563.3768
Toll free phone number: 1.877.394.9750

How do I register for educational programs?

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

 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, Tuesday happy hour reception, closing reception, access to all speakers, educational session and the Exhibit Hall.

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

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.

What is your refund policy?

Written requests for Petfood Forum cancellations must be received by January 25, 2020 to receive a full refund, less a $250 cancellation fee. No refunds may be made after January 25, 2020. After January 25, name substitutions are acceptable. Please email additions, changes and/or cancellation requests to petfoodforum@compusystems.com.

I am a member of the press; how do I register?

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 sakins@wattglobal.com for more information.

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, two times prior to the show. Be sure to bring this barcode with you when you check in at Petfood Forum.

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. The hotel blocks for the 2020 Petfood Forum will open for reservation in September.

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. Hotel information will be available September 2019.

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 $11/day at the Kansas City Convention Center is available to Petfood Forum attendees and exhibitors driving to Petfood Forum and Petfood Innovation Workshop.

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 $50.  Kansas City Marriott Downtown is 20 miles from the MCI (KCI) Airport. Kansas City cab rates are $2.10 per mile, plus $2.50 fee, plus $3.00 airport fee – average is $50 each way

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 2019 Entertainment Guide for the best entertainment near the Kansas City Convention Center.

During the Conference and Trade Show

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. The Petfood Forum mobile app will be available in January through iTunes and Google Play.

Where can I find food and beverages?

Breakfast, lunch and break refreshments, provided at specific times during the conference and exhibition, will be located in Exhibit Hall D-E.

For dining options outside of Petfood Forum hours view the Entertainment Guide.

Where can I find an agenda?

A detailed schedule for Petfood Forum 2020 will be coming soon. 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.

Is there somewhere to store my luggage or coat?

Luggage and coat check will be available on Wednesday, April 29 in the Lobby 2300 area.

Where can I make copies or ship items?

Business Center services are available at the Kansas City Convention Center, Lobby 2100. For a fee copying, color copying, binding, laminating, notary public, office supplies and outbound package wrapping and shipping via Federal Express and UPS. The Business Center accepts cash, MasterCard, VISA and American Express. Sorry, checks are not accepted.

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.

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

Craig Greuel
Marketplace/Classified Sales Manager
cgreuel@wattglobal.com
Phone: +1.815.966.5591

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

Executive

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

Event Operations

Kathleen Kelley
Event Operations Manager
kkelley@wattglobal.com
Phone: +1.779.208.0749

Event Content

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

Event Support

eventInfo@wattnet.net
Phone: +1.312.914.7114

For assistance with completing your registration, or questions on an existing registration, please contact Petfood Forum registration Customer Service:

Local telephone number: +1.224.563.3768
Toll free number: +1.877.394.9750
Customer service hours: M-F, 9 AM – 5 PM CST

Event Sales Manager
Gabriella Lopez
glopez@wattglobal.com
Phone: +1.312.914.7114

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