About Petfood Forum

Petfood Forum 2021 is scheduled for September 22-24, 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:


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


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

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


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.

Agenda and speaker details will be released in March 2021.

If I have a question who can I talk to?

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

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?

2021: September 22-24

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.

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 2020, the virtual event, Petfood Forum CONNECT, featured keynote speaker Bonin Bough, general sessions, three panel and roundtable discussions, multiple sessions on the pet food market, consumer trends, moving past COVID-19, pet food nutrition and ingredients and industry hot topics. Plus, the virtual conference featured several tech talk presentations and poster presentations given by select undergraduate, graduated and Ph.D. students, as well as industry researchers.

Agenda and speaker details for 2021 will be released in March 2021.

What is the Petfood Essentials?

In 2021, Petfood Essentials offers an overview of one of the most essential areas of modern pet food product development: ingredients. Each session will provide an interactive, informal environment for learning what you need to know about pet food ingredients and formulation. Learn more.

What is the Petfood Essentials?

In 2020, Petfood Essentials CONNECT•ED is offered as a 6-part short course featuring learning on two of the most essentials areas of dry pet food: production and safety. Registration is open now with all modules available on-demand until January 31, 2021. Learn more.

What is Petfood Forum CONNECT?

Petfood Forum 2020 was reimagined into a virtual experience branded as Petfood Forum CONNECT that took place in September 2020. This event featured 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.

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.


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. Information on booking hotels for Petfood Forum  will be released in early 2021.

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 in early 2021.

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 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 $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.


What is the cost to attend Petfood Forum?

Registration will open March 2021. For your convenience, multiple registration options will be available.

How do I register for educational programs?

Several options will be available for attending the educational sessions at Petfood Forum. Registration details will be released in March 2021.

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.

The agenda for Petfood Forum 2021 will be released in March.