AFIA Accepting Nominations for Friend of Pet Food Award Until Sept. 18

July 30, 2020

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The 2020 Friend of Pet Food Award winners: Gail Kuhlman, Ph.D., of Mars Petcare and Kate Shoveller, Ph.D., of the University of Guelph.

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is now accepting nominations for its annual Friend of Pet Food Award. The award, which debuted last year, will be presented at AFIA’s 2021 Pet Food Conference, happening in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo on Jan. 26.

“There are many professionals working in the pet food industry who are deserving of recognition for their research and innovative ideas that are improving the nutrition for our nation’s pets,” said Louise Calderwood, AFIA’s director of regulatory affairs. “AFIA’s Pet Food Committee looks forward to once again selecting outstanding candidates that have represented and contributed to this growing industry.”

The AFIA Friend of Pet Food Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to support the growth of the pet food industry. A nominee typically is currently employed and active in the pet food industry or an associated area, such as new product development, transportation, regulatory, academia, media or promotion.

The AFIA will be accepting nominations until Friday, Sept. 18. For more information on how to nominate someone, visit