Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers


Aug. 17-19, 2021, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress | Orlando, Florida
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Duty of Care


At the American Feed Industry Association, we are eager and looking forward to getting back on the road to see all of our members in-person. Over the past year, the AFIA has been closely monitoring guidance from state and federal health authorities regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Protecting the health and safety of our attendees and staff has always been of utmost importance and will continue to be. The AFIA meetings staff have received their Pandemic Compliance Advisor certifications and look forward to carefully reducing any on-site COVID-19 risks and providing a safe environment for our members. We have a duty of care and we are committed to abiding by it. 

What to Expect Onsite 



This year’s Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference (PISC) will need to be different as we all work together to end this pandemic. As the situation with COVID-19 is regularly evolving, we are monitoring guidance on a daily basis from local, state and federal health authorities on measures to keep people safe. This means, we will be making real-time adjustments, as necessary, to provide a safe meeting environment. We will communicate our on-site policies to registered attendees prior to travel and will post signage throughout the event space to keep you informed of any changes. Please contact vrovelli@afia.org with any questions or concerns. 

Code of Conduct


The AFIA staff will be working closely with the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress to provide a safe and clean environment to hold PISC. We are all in this together and that will require that we all agree to abide by a code of conduct -- a simple collection of rules and regulations that include what is and is not acceptable or expected behavior for our event. As stakeholders, we all have a role to play in the mitigation of COVID-19 risks. If we can collectively adhere to the code of conduct, we are showing a sign of respect to our fellow industry colleagues and advocating for the well-being of our fellow global citizens.  Please click here to view the Code of Conduct that you will need to agree to at the time of registration. 




We are thrilled to announce that the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has earned a GBAC Star Facility Accreditation and continues to have the commitment to care that we have experienced in the past. Click here to learn more on what the Hyatt is doing to provide a safe meeting environment. Click here to access their most recent COVID-19 updates. 



The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is committed to the safety and well-being of all travelers and employees and continues to use enhanced cleaning schedule at their facilities and updated security procedures from the TSA. We are also pleased to share that the Orlando International Airport has earned a GBAC Star Facility Accreditation. Click here to learn all the measures being taken to provide a safe environment for your arrival and departure from Orlando. 



The Walt Disney Co. is eager to return to a world of magic!  The company has updated its parks at Disney World with guidance from health authorities, such as the CDC and appropriate government agencies. It may be different from the last time you visited, but together, we can all find new ways to create magical moments—and memories to treasure. Click here to see what they are doing to prepare for your next adventure and to watch a "know before you go" video. 

Local Resources 


As the number one travel destination in the United States, Orlando is home to the world’s most trusted brands, which take safety extremely seriously. Refer to the following information to learn more about healthy business travel in Orlando and safety resources for you:

Osceola Regional Medical Center - closest major hospital to the hotel 

Advent Health Urgent Care - closest urgent care to the hotel 

Buena Vista Urgent Care 

Visitors Center Resources

Orange County Coronavirus Resources

Orange County Health Department 

What To Do if You Are Sick 

If you require a Covid Test to return home, you can easily schedule that near the hotel or at the MCO airport. More information available below: 

Advent Health Centra Care Lake Buena Vista - Located at 12500 South Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL  32836, (407) 934-2273. 

Scheduling link for center near the hotel - various test options

Scheduling link for center at MCO airport - results available in 30 minutes

Liability Waiver 


The AFIA is holding this meeting in accordance with state and local regulations and is implementing precautions based on CDC recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The AFIA expects that its attendees will also adhere to its instructions on avoiding the spread of COVID-19 and reserves the right to remove attendees who do not comply. However, the AFIA cannot guarantee that you, as an attendee, will not become infected with COVID-19. Furthermore, participation in this AFIA event could increase your chances of contracting COVID-19. Should you still choose to attend, you will need to agree to the liability waiver.  Please click here or contact register@afia.org for a copy of this waiver. 

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Contact Us

Sarah Novak   (703) 558-3574    snovak@afia.org

Contact Sarah, chief operating officer, for any questions regarding AFIA membership opportunities. 

Jessica Morse    (703) 558-3563    jmorse@afia.org

Contact Rebecca, director of meeting and events, for any questions regarding registrations, travel, hotel accomodations and event expectations.

Daisy Rodriguez     (703) 650-0144    drodriguez@afia.org

Contact Daisy, manager of meetings and events, for any questions regarding registration or payment and invoicing.

Lynette Tucker   (703) 558-3573    ltucker@afia.org

Contact Lynette, specialist of meetings and events, for any questions regarding sponsorships.