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Pet food labeling, export trends, human resources in the industry, regulatory updates and best practices for dealing with cybersecurity and ransomware are the hot topics that will take center stage at the upcoming American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Pet Food Conference.
The 15th annual AFIA Pet Food Conference will take place on Jan. 25, 2022, in conjunction with the 2022 International Production & Processing Expo, taking place Jan. 25-27. The AFIA will also announce the recipient of the annual Friend of Pet Food Award at the conference.
“We are thrilled to bring the pet food industry together again. Since the last in-person conference in 2020, much has changed – sustainability has risen to be a top priority, concerns of cybersecurity and ransomware attacks have heightened given recent events and major changes to pet food labels given new consumer preferences are shaking things up,” said Louise Calderwood, AFIA’s director of regulatory affairs. “The 2022 Pet Food Conference will reconnect hundreds of pet food professionals and examine the new landscape we are operating in.”
The program also invites graduate and undergraduate students to present research on emerging issues in the pet food industry in paper and poster sessions.
Online registration for IPPE and the AFIA Pet Food Conference is now open. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 and will include breakfast and lunch. Interested individuals are encouraged to register by Jan. 7 to receive the early-bird rate of $105. After that, the registration increases to $150.