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:

“Petfood Forum is the right place to be if you need to get up to speed with the trends and innovations happening in this amazing sector of our animal health and nutrition industry.”

“Great way to get out there and meet new suppliers and catch up with our current ones.”

“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.”

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 15% 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.

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 supplier companies 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.

Petfood Essentials pre-con will take place on Monday, April 27, 2020. This new event offers an overview of two of the most essential areas of dry pet food: production and safety.

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), Maria Lange (Nielsen), and David Sprinkle (Package Facts) 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 two additional colleagues or clients to join the virtual event at no additional cost.

For further assistance with your registration please contact customer service at EventInfo@WattNet.net.

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 EventInfo@WattNet.net 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 EventInfo@WattNet.net and we will send your guest the link.

How many attendees do you estimate will participate?

We are expecting approximately 5,000+ attendees.

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 Maria Lange 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.

View the agenda

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 two 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

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

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