Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers

Conference

March 7-9, 2023 | Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress | Orlando, FL
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FAQs

Who plans this event?

AFIA's Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers Committee oversees the planning of the conference. We want to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to providing a fantastic program. The goal is for PISC to continue to be where business gets done

What are the registration costs? 

The early-bird fees are $650 for members, $2,200 for nonmembers and $125 for spouses/guests if you register by Jan. 6, 2023. The regular registration fees are $775 for members, $2,500 for nonmembers and $150 for spouse/guest, if you register by Feb. 3, 2023. Onsite registration rates are $950 for members, $2,700 for nomembers and $165 for spouse/guest, if you register after Feb. 4, 2023.  

Registration will include admittance to all the education sessions, two breakfasts, two receptions and unlimited private meeting and networking opportunities. Badges are required for admittance. 

Who and why should I attend? 

WHO: The program is designed to benefit all feed, ingredient and pet food professionals so anyone interested in the current state of the animal food industry should attend. Every year, past attendees recommend PISC as the best meeting for buyers and sellers of ingredients. We invite you to view the 20222021 and 2019 registration lists.

WHY: PISC will help identify the tools to drive your business! PISC provides market analysis, perspectives on the animal food industry, hot topics and a host of other valuable information you will find useful in running your business.

What can you expect at PISC? 

PISC’s goal is twofold: first, to offer timely information by providing tools to help you conduct your business better; and second, to bring together the buyers and sellers of feed and pet food ingredients for face-to-face opportunities. 

Where can I book a hotel room?

The AFIA is pleased to offer registrants a limited number of hotel rooms at a preferred rate of $249 per night (plus 12.5% tax). The block rate guarantees complimentary internet access in your guest room. Please contact the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress directly using this link or call (407) 239-1234 to reserve under the group name “American Feed Industry Association.” The AFIA has a limited number of rooms blocked. The block is available through Feb. 3, 2023, or until it fills up. To secure your room within the block, be sure to book before Feb. 3, 2023. 

Please be aware that fraudulent companies have been calling attendees claiming to represent us and the Hyatt. The AFIA does not work with a housing bureau for this event and we do not endorse any of these companies. Reservations should only be made directly with the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

Are sleeping accommodations included in the registration fee? 

No, once registered you must contact the hotel to make your hotel reservation. We recommend you use this link to take advantage of the special room block set-up for conference attendees.

How do I register?

To register, click the yellow button on the top right corner of the webpage. If you prefer a writable registration form to email please contact register@afia.org. You will receive a $100 discount if you register online. For your convenience, a list of registrants will be shared with attendees prior to the event. A printed registration list will not be available in 2023. Instead, we invite you to take advantage of viewing it via our event app. 

What is the registration cancellation policy?

The AFIA offers a 90% refund if you notify the AFIA of cancellation in writing by Jan. 20, 2023. A 50% refund is available when received prior to Feb. 17, 2023. No refund is available after Feb. 17, 2023. The off-site activies are non-refundable after Feb. 20. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after the event. The AFIA reserves the right to cancel any conference it deems necessary. The AFIA will not be responsible for airfare, hotel, damages or other costs incurred by registrants.

Registration is transferrable to colleaugue in your company if you cannot attend.

What is the difference between registering online and registering via a paper form?

AFIA members will receive $100 off their registration rate by completing their registration online. The rates listed on this website include the member discount. 

Can nonmembers receive the $100 discount off registration?

The $100 off discount is a member-only benefit if you register online. Nonmembers can, however, take advantage of early-bird registration rates. For more information on becoming an AFIA member, please contact Sarah Novak, chief operating officer.

Is there a Product Suppliers Showcase this year?

PISC will not be hosting a product suppliers showcase this year. Instead, we urge everyone to take advantage of our sponsorships to maximize full potential of putting your company name and logo for all to see.

Is there a 1-day registration option?

We do not offer a one-day registration option. Instead, we urge you to participate in all general sessions, receptions and networking hours at the event to maximize the benefits. 

As a new buyer or seller, how can one connect with each other?

We recommend everyone to download this year's PISC app. There will be a chance to search for who is a buyer or seller and connect via the app to schedule apointments. In compliance with GDPR and privacy policy, we will not be sharing any contact information and will utilize the app for all connections.

Is there a scholarship for this event?

Yes, the AFIA is once again offering a “Buyers to PISC” program this year. The AFIA is targeting member-company professionals in buying roles who normally would not have the opportunity to attend this annual event. Five individuals will receive complimentary registration to the 2023 PISC in Orlando in addition to other paid travel expenses. If you are interested, please click here for details and the application or contact the AFIA at rkane@afia.org. Deadline to apply is Feb. 3, 2023.

Is the conference approved for ARPAS credits?

The PISC agenda has been submitted for approval. 

What is the dress code?

The dress code for this event is business casual. March temperatures in Orlando have an average high of 79 degrees Farenheith and a low of 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The hotel tends to run on the cooler side to compete with the outside humidity and amount of people. We suggest packing accordingly.

Are committee meetings being held in Orlando?

Yes, there will be a few spring committee meetings will be taking place in conjunction with PISC in 2023. Please contact your committee staff liaison for more information. 

Do I have to register for the conference to participate in the off-site activities?

Yes, all attendees, spouses and guests must be registered for PISC in order to participate in golf, sporting clays or WildFlorida. The AFIA reserves the right to deny registration to the conference or the activities. 

Do all spouses/guests have to register for the meeting?

If your spouse/guest wants to participate in any PISC programming which includes meals, receptions, general sessions along with the optional activities, then yes, your spouse or guest will need to register. 

Who do I notify about a food allergy?

There is a space during the registration process to let the AFIA meeetings team know about a food allergy. You may also email register@afia.org

What if I need a disability accommodation?

This meeting is open to all people 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 (such as Braille, large print, sign language or language interpretation), please contact the meetings department at register@afia.orgno later than Feb. 20, 2023.

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 us at register@afia.org.

Why does the AFIA have a COVID liability waiver and code of conduct?

As stakeholders in the success of this event, we all have a role to play in the mitigation of risk. These documents are meant to serve as a reminder and inspiration to know that if we all collectively respect the significance of these contributions, we are, by definition, advocating for the well-being of our fellow global citizens and our industry. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort as we all work together to get back to business in a normal environment. 

How do I get a copy of AFIA's COVID liability waiver?

By registering for this event, you agree to sign and abide by the AFIA COVID Liability Policy. For a copy of the policy and waiver, please click here, visit the registration desk onsite or contact us at register@afia.org.

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

By registering for this event, you agree to sign and abide by the AFIA Code of Conduct policy. For a copy of the policy, please click here, visit the registration desk onsite or contact us at register@afia.org.

What are the terms and conditions of registering?

By registering for the AFIA’s conference, you agree that any photos or videos taken throughout the conference or at any networking events may be used for AFIA’s communications and marketing purposes. You agree to abide by the AFIA Antitrust Compliance and Confidentiality Policy and by registering are aware of AFIA's legal notice. Registrants will receive a name badge that must be worn for entry into all speaking sessions, exhibit halls, meals and social functions. The AFIA reserves the right to deny entry into the conference or to cancel any conference it deems necessary. The AFIA will not be responsible for airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by registrants. Should you have any concerns about these terms, please contact AFIA at snovak@afia.org.

Photo credits 

All Orlando promotional photos and text used on this website are for marketing purposes only and were provided by VisitOrlando and the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort. 

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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 Jessica, 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.