Agenda & Speakers

Petfood Forum & Petfood Innovation Workshop 2019 Tentative Schedule of Events

Monday - April 29, 2019

7:00 am – 7:30 pm

Petfood Forum registration and check-in
Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Petfood Forum exhibitor move-in
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Petfood Forum and Petfood Innovation Workshop opening reception
Grand Ballroom D, Kansas City Convention Center

Tuesday - April 30, 2019

7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Petfood Forum registration desk open
Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast
Grand Ballroom D, Kansas City Convention Center

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Opening keynote
Grand Ballroom A, Kansas City Convention Center

9:30 am – 10:15 am

General session
Grand Ballroom A, Kansas City Convention Center

9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Exhibit hall open
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

10:15 am – 10:45 am

Coffee break
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

10:15 am – 1:30 pm

Time in exhibit hall – including Product Presentation Showcase, New Product Area & Virtual Processing Demo
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Paws for a break (visiting pet charities)
Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Petfood Forum Student Program paper presentations, part 1
Student Career Center, Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Concurrent sessions (four tracks)
2500 rooms, Kansas City Convention Center

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Coffee break
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center 

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Exhibit Hall networking reception
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center 

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Industry research poster reception and student mixer
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

Wednesday - May 1, 2019

7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Registration desk open
Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast
Grand Ballroom D, Kansas City Convention Center

8:30 am -9:30 am

General session
Grand Ballroom A, Kansas City Convention Center

8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Exhibit hall open
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

9:45 am – 2:00 pm

Time in exhibit hall – including Product Presentation Showcase, New Product Area & Virtual Processing Demo
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

9:45 am – 12:00 pm

Petfood Forum Student Program paper presentations, part 2
Student Career Center, Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Coffee break
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

1:30 pm – 1:55 pm

Dessert stations and announcement of Student Program paper award winners
Exhibit Hall D-E, Kansas City Convention Center

2:00 pm – 3:10 pm

Roundtable sessions
2500 rooms, Kansas City Convention Center

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Top pet retailer and e-commerce execs on the new world of selling pet food 
Join executives from Amazon, Chewy.com, Petco, PetSmart, other retailers and pet food brands to learn how to navigate today’s disruptive, continually morphing world of distributing and selling pet food. Pet owners have more choices than ever for finding and purchasing their pet food, from burgeoning e-commerce options to “click and mortar” to customization to traditional neighborhood pet shops, superstores and grocery/mass market outlets. Distributor consolidation is also playing a role. With this explosion of market changes and options, how can pet food brands figure out the best channels and retailing strategies for their products?
Grand Ballroom A, Kansas City Convention Center

3:00 pm – 12:00 am

Exhibitor tear-down
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing cocktail reception
Grand Ballroom D and patio, Kansas City Convention Center

Petfood Innovation Workshop Agenda - Monday, April 29

Petfood Innovation Workshop details and agenda will be released soon.