From trading pet food products internationally to addressing recent concerns about canine health linked to diets, the American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) upcoming conference will equip pet food industry leaders with new information to be effective in a changing marketplace. The 12th annual Pet Food Conference will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2019, in conjunction with the 2019 International Production & Processing Expo(IPPE), to be held Feb. 12-14 in Atlanta, Ga.

“Today’s marketplace for pet food is changing rapidly, and industry experts need to stay on top of the latest consumer trends and policy issues impacting their ability to do business in the United States and abroad,” said Louise Calderwood, AFIA’s director of regulatory affairs. “AFIA’s Pet Food Conference is an affordable way for attendees to engage with some of the industry’s leading experts and roughly 300 of their peers in this unique segment within the animal food manufacturing industry.”

The conference boasts a full agenda with discussions on domestic and global industry trends, U.S. trade policies, upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act inspections and recent work on pet food issues at the Association of American Feed Control Officials. New this year, the program will also provide an update on the potential link between some pet food products and canine dilated cardiomyopathy, how pet food suppliers can legally use blockchain in the management of their products and a discussion on the human health benefits of owning pets.

Online registration for IPPE and the AFIA Pet Food Conference is open. Interested individuals are encouraged to register for the Pet Food Conference by Jan. 14 to receive the early-bird rate of $75. After that, the registration increases to $95. For assistance with registration, contact Connie Samuels, AFIA’s manager of meetings and events, at (703) 558-3573.