The Petfood Forum audience can now extend their education and networking connections through three industry events hosted in conjunction with the annual conference and exhibition. Petfood Forum is scheduled for Sept. 22-24, 2021, in Kansas City, Missouri. “As pet food professionals gather in Kansas City for Petfood Forum, it’s a natural extension for organizations like Pet Food Alliance and Pet Food Institute to co-locate their meetings here,” said Steve Akins, executive vice president, global petfood and events with WATT Global Media. “Members gain both the opportunity to exchange ideas and industry insights at their committee meetings, while also being able to register to attend Petfood Forum for additional education and networking.”

The Pet Food Alliance annual meeting will be held on Sept. 20-21 and is open to members of the pet food rendering and association industries, and members of academia. The agenda will focus on technical content and updates on research impacting the pet food and rendering industries, as well as updates from regulatory agencies. For more information and to register, visit fprfalliance.agsci.colostate.edu. The

Pet Food Institute’s Regulatory Affairs committee meeting will host their producer and associate members on Sept. 22. During the meeting, members will participate in strategic discussions of regulatory and trade issues impacting pet food manufacturers. For more information about PFI, visit PetfoodInstitute.org. Food Export-Northeast will conduct a Petfood Ingredient Buyers Mission on Sept. 28-29, which coincides with the Petfood Forum on-demand event. The Buyers Mission is an exclusive program connecting qualified buyers with ingredient suppliers, providing the only way to meet with these international buyers this year. Registration is open until Aug. 25. To learn more and register, visit FoodExport.org.

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“The Buyers Mission provides a unique opportunity for suppliers to build relationships and drive sales with ingredient buyers from around the world,” said Akins. “The program also provides exclusive insights into demand and market-specific growth opportunities.” Akins continued, “These ancillary events are a win-win for everyone in the pet food industry and provide convenient options for gaining additional value during what is becoming a ‘pet food week’ in Kansas City this September.” For more information about Petfood Forum and to register, visit PetfoodForumEvents.com.