Petfood Forum 2020 was originally scheduled for April 27-29, but will now take place later this year, August 19-21. The rescheduling was due to the COVID-19 pandemic out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and well-being of all Petfood Forum attendees, speakers, partners, exhibitors and sponsors. The location will remain the same with the Petfood Forum taking place at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Most of the session topics and speakers as well as other conference features previously announced will remain. Concurrent sessions will offer information and insights on specific innovations and growing trends including new nutrition and ingredient research and new technologies. In addition, three round tables will address hot topics like the role of sustainability in pet food, the CBD craze in the pet industry and the microbiome’s importance to the pet nutrition and health. Another roundtable session will address the need for new models to close the gaps in pet food nutrition research.
In addition, general sessions will cover emerging trends and an update of the pet food market, plus how and why pet owners are changing their pet food purchasing choices. Concurrent technical sessions will focus on ingredient research, nutrition and market trends, pet food safety and technologies for today’s pet food. Petfood Forum 2020 will also feature research presented by students from companion animal academic programs, plus Pet Food Tech Talks from leading industry suppliers showcasing their latest products and technologies.
This year’s Petfood Forum exhibit hall will be the show’s largest ever with more than 350 suppliers of pet food ingredients, equipment, packaging materials, testing services and more.
Participants in Petfood Forum will find many opportunities to network with other pet food professionals from around the world. New activities include a game show on the exhibit floor, in addition to several meals, coffee breaks and receptions.