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Pet Food Alliance, Pet Food Institute, AAFCO and Ingredient Buyers Mission to Participate at Petfood Forum 2023

It is scheduled for May 1-3, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.




(PRESS RELEASE) KANSAS CITY, MO — The Petfood Forum audience can extend their education and networking connections through guest speakers and events hosted in conjunction with the annual conference and exhibition. Pet Food Alliance, Pet Food Institute, AAFCO and Ingredient Buyers Mission will participate at Petfood Forum 2023, which is scheduled for May 1-3, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.

“As pet food professionals from around the world gather together in Kansas City for Petfood Forum, it’s a natural extension for organizations to want to participate in as much education as they can,” said Steve Akins, executive vice president, global petfood and events with WATT Global Media.

The Pet Food Alliance annual meeting will be held on May 3-4 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 here.

“Members gain both the opportunity to exchange ideas and gather insights at their committee meeting, while also being able to register to attend Petfood Forum for additional education and networking,” explained Akins.

Food Export-Midwest and the Kansas Department of Agriculture will conduct a Pet Food Ingredient Buyers Mission on May 1. The Buyers Mission is an exclusive program connecting qualified pet food company ingredient buyers with ingredient suppliers. Registration is open until March 17. To learn more and register, visit

“The Buyers Mission provides a unique opportunity for ingredient supplier companies 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.”


American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and the Pet Food Institute will take the stage during three lunch-and-learn sessions.

Dana Brooks, president and CEO of Pet Food Institute, Liz Koutsos, Ph.D., president of EnviroFlight, and Loretta Hunter of Nestlé Purina, will provide updates on the pet food regulatory process on May 2.

Austin Therrell, executive director, AAFCO, will provide an update on ingredient definitions, and Katie Simpson, pet food specialist, Office of Indiana State Chemist, will present an update on AAFCO’s human-grade pet food standards on May 3.

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 Petfood Forum.”

For more information about Petfood Forum and to register, visit

About Petfood Forum & Petfood Industry

Petfood Forum is organized and hosted by Petfood Industry. Both are owned by WATT Global Media. WATT Global Media has grown agrifood and pet food businesses with proven results for over 100 years. WATT’s brands and product portfolio provide access to market expertise, engaged audiences and targeted solutions that lead to successful connections in the poultry, feed and pet food markets. With WATT Global Media, gain a global advantage in implementing dynamic marketing solutions through innovative technology and delivery channels.




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