Petfood Forum recently spoke with Juan Gomez-Basauri, Ph.D., global director, companion animal business, for Alltech, to learn about his experiences establishing business relationships and learning about industry trends during the annual event.
Petfood Forum: What is your earliest memory of Petfood Forum, and what role did you have in the industry at that point?
Gomez-Basauri: At the time I was a regional business manager for Alltech, and my earliest memory of Petfood Forum is arriving at the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago O’Hare and then walking into the evening reception area – WOW! The first step into an exciting journey where along the way I met a number of industry professionals and established numerous friendships which continue to be strong after all these years.
Petfood Forum: What do you consider the biggest challenge or opportunity ahead for the pet food industry?
Gomez-Basauri: This is an exciting industry which many analysts consider to be recession-proof. The continuing growth of the industry presents opportunities to introduce new products, new technologies and to innovate. How to adapt and embrace innovative technologies may prove challenging but that is what makes the difference for a successful business organization.
Petfood Forum: Why do you continue to attend Petfood Forum, and why should pet food industry professionals join us?
Gomez-Basauri: Petfood Forum continues to be the place where many professionals and industry colleagues exchange ideas and present innovations to support the wellbeing of companion animals. It is the place for investors and people interested in developing a new pet food business to network and learn about the industry. Personally, it is the place where I can visit with many friends and industry colleagues in one place.
Petfood Forum: What’s your recommendation for Kansas City fun during Petfood Forum in May?
Gomez-Basauri: If you have never ridden a streetcar, you may have a chance to do it in Kansas City. You can ride from the Power & Light district to Union Station, etc., and it’s free. If it’s great food you are looking for, there are several great restaurants in the Power & Light district and nearby and don’t forget the barbecue places, Kansas City is famous for them.
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