Petfood Forum Frequently Asked Questions

The next Petfood Forum conference and exhibition will be held April 3 – 5, 2017 in Kansas City, Mo., with the next edition of the one-day Petfood Innovation Workshop, “Taste of Pet Food’s Future” to be held on April 3, 2017. The location will once again be at the Kansas City Convention Center, 200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo. USA.

Kansas City, Mo. provides many added benefits and opportunities for Petfood Forum attendees and exhibitors. It is in the heart of where more than 70 animal health and petfood company headquarters are located, offering the chance to do a lot of business over the course of the two day show. Other features of the new event location include a short one-block walk from the host hotel to the conference and exhibition location. Inside, attendees can expect modern and convenient meeting rooms, an expanded and flexible exhibit area and breath-taking panoramic views of downtown Kansas City. The Kansas City International Airport makes air travel to the event very accessible, and is conveniently located a short 20-minute drive from Petfood Forum’s downtown location. The Kansas City Power & Light District, an entertainment district with fine dining, bars and shopping is also a 5 minute walk from the hotel.  There are also regional connections to petfood manufacturing companies and their suppliers within a short driving distance.

Our host hotel will again be the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. It is conveniently located 1 block away from the Kansas City Convention Center, a 5-minute walk from the Power & Light entertainment district, and is a short 20 minute drive from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI). For information on how to reserve a hotel room, please click here to visit our hotel and travel page.

Petfood Forum events are executive-level conferences for the global petfood 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. It is estimated that nearly 1,900 petfood and pet treat professionals from around the world will attend the 2015 event.

Petfood Forum attracts the petfood 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. Demand was so high, the exhibit hall show floor sold out booth space for the 2014 event.

The 2017 Petfood Innovation Workshop theme is “Taste of Pet Food’s Future”. This spring’s interactive pet food workshop will feature six stations on palatability, sensory analysis and consumer insights. To view details on the 2017 Petfood Innovation Workshop sponsors and activities, please click here. If you wish to be added to our email distribution list, please send your contact information to:, with “Add me to your Petfood Forum email list” in the subject line.

Yes. Petfood Forum and Petfood Workshop provide show visitors from all over the world with opportunities to network with industry peers, learn from leading petfood experts, consultants and technical experts, visit with suppliers, and of course transact business with one another on a global level. Our international events include: Petfood Forum Asia, Petfood Forum China and Petfood Forum Europe

The Petfood Forum group of conferences and exhibitions are unique and exclusive events serving the global petfood manufacturing industry. They deliver the opportunity to learn the latest research and innovative information on pet nutrition, global petfood market growth, petfood safety, processing, packaging and much more—all from leading, recognized industry experts. In addition, Petfood Forum conferences are the ideal opportunity for petfood professionals from around the world to network, exchange ideas and do business with one another and with leading industry suppliers.

Since 1992, the annual Petfood Forum and Petfood Workshop conferences in the United States have been taking place and growing every year. Petfood Forum and Petfood Workshop have always been based in the Chicago area until relocating to a larger venue for the 2015 event, which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri. Petfood Forum conferences also offer one-day events outside of North America, including Petfood Forum Asia, Petfood Forum China and Petfood Forum Europe. These are held in partnership with other shows — Petfood Forum Asia is held every two years in Bangkok, Thailand, in conjunction with Victam Asia. Petfood Forum China is located in Shanghai in partnership with Pet Fair Asia. Since 2007, Petfood Forum Europe has been held in partnership with Victam International, with the most recent conference being held June, 2015, in Cologne, Germany.

Petfood Forum is organized and hosted by Petfood Industry magazine. Petfood Industry has been the leading source of information for the global petfood manufacturing for more than 50 years, delivering insights and knowledge via a monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and other media. 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 petfood industries through its media channels for more than 97 years.

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Kansas City Marriott Downtown is conveniently located 1 block away from the Kansas City Convention Center and a short walk from the Power & Light Entertainment District. Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is a convenient 20 minute drive away.



Taxis are available from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel and Kansas City Convention Center; the average 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.

The city’s MAX (Metro Area Express) rapid transit service is another ground-transportation option. MAX provides faster, more convenient commutes than traditional bus service for all points between the River Market area (north of downtown) and the Country Club Plaza shopping center in the south. Each ride is $3. To purchase a $10 three-day pass that gives you unlimited rides for three consecutive days, click here (

Directions / Parking in the Kansas City Convention & Entertainment Centers

Discounted parking of $7/day at the Kansas City Convention Center is available to Petfood Forum attendees and exhibitors driving to Petfood Forum and Innovation Workshop.


Known as the barbecue capital of the world and for its live jazz, join thousands of your petfood industry colleagues at the 2017 Petfood Forum in Kansas City and enjoy yourself at the same time.  Kansas City is a gracious and historic blend of cultures, arts and professional sports featuring vibrant restaurants, hotels, shops and art galleries.

The Kansas City Power & Light District, an entertainment district with fine dining, bars and shopping is also a 5 minute walk from the hotel. We recommend making dinner reservations in advance in this very popular and lively neighborhood. A myriad of delicious options are offered here on the website.



Did you register in advance?  Your name badge, badgeholder and program materials will be available at Petfood Forum Registration located in Lobby 2200 of the Kansas City Convention Center.  Open hours are:

Monday, April 3, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



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


The indoor climate of a convention center is very dry.  Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics which dehydrate you further.  Throughout your day, remember to drink lots of water to combat dehydration.

You’ll be seeing a lot of people (both familiar and new), during the conference. This means lots of hand shaking. To help avoid germs, wash your hands frequently and carry some pocket Handy Wipes for convenience. Don’t forget your vitamins. Use lip balm and consider using saline nasal spray and eye drops.  All this will help keep your body tuned up and the germs away.