Pet Food Conference

January 30, 2024 | 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET
Georgia World Congress Center | Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom | Atlanta, Ga.
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Who plans this event?

The American Feed Industry Association’s Pet Food Committee oversees the planning of the conference. AFIA thanks these 17 dedicated leaders representing all segments of the pet food industry for their hard work in planning a fantastic program.

What are the registration costs?

The advanced registration fee is $105 if you register by Jan. 9, 2022. After that, the rates go up to $150. You will also be required to register for the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the same time – fees vary based on if you are a pet food manufacturer, exhibitor or general attendee. 

How do I register?

Registration is open via the IPPE website.

Where can I book a hotel room?

Hotel rooms are available at several locations in the Atlanta area via the IPPE approved housing bureau, Reservations can be made at Experient. List of available hotels can be found here.

Who and why should I attend? 

Who? This program is designed for pet food and pet treat manufacturers and those supporting the industry, such as ingredient manufacturers and equipment suppliers. 

Why? The American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) annual Pet Food Conference covers a variety of topics from regulatory issues to the technical aspects of pet food production to product claims, marketing and nutrition. 

What is the International Production & Processing Expo?

IPPE is the largest annual animal food, poultry production and meat processing tradeshow. For 2022, IPPE will take over B, BC and C halls of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, bringing together more than 1,400 exhibitors and 32,000 visitors. Mark your calendar to join us Jan. 25-27, 2022.

IPPE focuses on:

  • Innovation - bringing together buyers and sellers of the latest technology of products and services to make your business successful;
  • Education - learning from the experts in free- and fee-based world-class programs on topics that cross industry interests;
  • Global Reach - attracting more than 8,000 international visitors from 130 countries; and
  • Networking - meeting new and rekindling old relationships with leaders across the industries.

What are the show’s plans surrounding COVID-19?

On behalf of the three partner organizations that produce IPPE - the American Feed Industry Association, North American Meat Institute and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association - we would like to thank our industries, our members and their team members for their hard work this past year providing the critical service of feeding the world, and we look forward to reconnecting with each of you at the 2022 IPPE.

The health and safety of everyone who attends IPPE is the show organizers’ top priority in planning for a successful show in January 2022. The conference will be following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local governments regarding the coronavirus and will provide regular updates to all stakeholders as the situation warrants.

The Georgia World Congress Center, where the 2022 IPPE will be held, was the first convention center in the U.S. to achieve GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, the leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The GBAC STAR™ program helps commercial and public facilities of all sizes establish and carry out an organized approach to cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention. To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, facilities must demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.

What is the registration cancellation policy?

There are no refunds being offered at this time. AFIA reserves the right to cancel any conference it deems necessary to comply with state and local health and safety guidelines or otherwise. AFIA will not be responsible for costs incurred by registrants.

Is the conference approved for ARPAS credits?

AFIA has applied for ARPAS credits and is awaiting a response. 

What is the dress code?

Business casual.

What if I need a special accommodation for a disability?

This meeting is open to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age or disability. If you are a person with a special dietary need, or who requires reasonable accommodations due to a disability, and/or who requires alternative means of communication (e.g., Braille, large print, sign language or language interpretation), please contact the AFIA meetings department at

How do I get a copy of AFIA's antitrust policy?

By registering for this event, you agree to abide by the AFIA Antitrust Compliance and Confidentiality Policy. For a copy of the policy, please click here, visit the registration desk onsite or contact AFIA at

What are the terms and conditions of registering?

By registering for AFIA’s conference, you are agreeing that any photos or videos taken throughout the conference or at any networking events may be used for AFIA’s communications and marketing purposes. AFIA also reserves the right to use recorded proceedings in any matter for marketing purposes. You agree to abide by the AFIA Antitrust Compliance and Confidentiality Policy. Registrants will receive a name badge that must be worn for entry into all speaking sessions, exhibit halls, meals and social functions. AFIA reserves the right to deny entry into the conference or to cancel any conference it deems necessary. AFIA will not be responsible for airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by registrants. Should you have any concerns about these terms, contact Sarah Novak, AFIA’s vice president of membership and public relations, at

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Contact Louise, AFIA’s director of regulatory affairs, for any questions regarding conference agenda, committee questions and event expectations. 

SARAH NOVAK     (703) 558-3574       SNOVAK@AFIA.ORG

Contact Sarah, AFIA’s manager of membership & engagement, for any questions regarding AFIA membership opportunities. 


Contact Lynette, AFIA’s specialist, meetings and events, for any questions regarding sponsorships, registrations, travel and hotel accomodations.