[Video:] Petfood Forum safety message, new programming details

For the first time in more than two years, pet food industry will reconnect in Kansas City, Missouri, at Petfood Forum on Sept. 22-24, 2021.

Event organizers are working hard to create a safe meeting place. Petfood Forum will follow local COVID-19 guidelines, including a mask mandate which is in place until Sept. 23. The mandate applies to all persons aged five and older, regardless of vaccination status.

Additionally, The Kansas City Convention Center has achieved STAR accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), recognizing a higher standard for proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.

View the most recent guidelines and helpful resources.

Collaborate with your peers  

Top pet food manufacturers including American Pet Nutrition, Annamaet Petfoods, Inc., Blue Buffalo, Champion Petfoods, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Mars Petcare, Merrick Pet Care, Nestlé Purina, Well Pet and hundreds of others will be in attendance to discover new techniques, ingredients and opportunities in the industry.

Explore the exhibit hall

Over 300 supplier companies are participating in the 2021 exhibition, allowing pet food manufacturers to find new solutions to industry challenges and move business forward.

Returning exhibitors include AFB International, Alltech, Darling Ingredients, DSM Nutritional Products, Extru-Tech Inc., Gray Construction, Kemin Nutrisurance, Schenck Process, Sensient Color, Trouw Nutrition, Wenger and many others.

Joining them, 30 first-time exhibitors will participate including Abel LLC, Bimini Pet Health, BrightPet Nutrition Group, Birdstone, California Fig Advisory Board, Dongwon Systems, NuTek Natural Ingredients, Seatarra Ingredient Alliance, Sensient Color, Stengel Oils, The Pet Food Competency Group and Zacmi North America will be on the show floor.

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What’s new in 2021?

  • The pre-conference seminar, Petfood Essentials, will be held at the Marriott Downtown on Sept. 22. This unique program provides an overview of the initial stages of pet food product development, including the first essential product positioning decisions you need to make, ingredients to consider and how to source and process them safely and with success. Learn more >
  • The opening reception will take place in Exhibit Hall B on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 5-7 pm allowing professionals to build partnerships and meet new colleagues.
  • Opening keynote Tom Fishburne, a consumer goods marketing expert who creates business-focused illustrations under the name Marketoonist, will kick off the educational sessions in Room 3501.
  • Pre-register for Petfood Forum 2022 on Friday, Sept. 24 at the registration desk. For more information visit Booth 700!

On-demand program available

For pet food professionals unable to travel to Kansas City for Petfood Forum 2021, an on-demand version will be available beginning September 27. Registration will include on-demand recordings of all conference sessions and Pet Food Tech Talks from suppliers, plus access to a one-on-one scheduler for online meetings, an attendee list, student and industry research posters and exhibitors’ digital showrooms.