Petfood Forum: A place to collaborate and find solutions to market challenges

Consumer desires are changing rapidly which is impacting how pet food is processed, distributed, marketed and sold. Petfood Forum provides an immersive educational experience for learning about consumer purchasing behavior, trends and innovations.

With expert insights and unique networking, the conference and exhibition can help you find solutions to market challenges and opportunities for tomorrow.

The 2021 edition of Petfood Forum will present a unique global event experience accessible to everyone regardless of ability to travel. An in person conference and exhibition in Kansas City, Mo., in addition an on-demand program will be offered, delivering valuable educational sessions, networking and meetings. The global pet food industry is an essential business and continues to grow and evolve. Petfood Forum will be there to support and facilitate this growth every step of the way!

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

“Petfood Forum has been a staple in the pet food industry and has helped me grow professionally and personally by meeting new customers, making great friends and finding new job opportunities.” – Betty M., global director of sales, AGT

Make plans to attend Petfood Forum 2021 be a part of the next edition of the global pet food industry’s most valuable conference and exhibition. Registration is now open for in-person and on-demand passes.

Petfood Forum is:

  • The best opportunity for thousands of pet food industry professionals from all over the world to come together to learn the latest pet food trends, network with experts, discover new tools for success and conduct business
  • Where pet food market leaders come to engage with the global industry’s top decision makers, including major pet food manufacturers, pet food ingredient, pet food packaging, pet food safety and pet food processing technology experts
  • A focused forum for exclusive networking with peers to form meaningful partnerships
  • The best place to find the ideal addition to your company through the Student Career Center

Petfood Forum 2021 educational sessions will feature a dynamic lineup of globally recognized pet food industry experts, including keynote speaker Tom Fishburne, marketing expert and cartoonist. These valuable learning opportunities provide insights on the latest pet food market trends, ingredients research, safety, packaging trends and more.

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, regulatory compliance, marketing and sales.

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 for more information.

Attendees by job function in 2019: 

Sales/marketing 37%
Owner/management 28%
R&D 11%
Purchasing 7%
Nutritionist/vets/consultants 5%
Production management 4%
QC/food safety 4%
Other 4%