TUCKER, GEORGIA, U.S. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host its 13th annual Pet Food Conference Jan. 28, 2020, in conjunction with the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo, taking place Jan. 28-30 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.   

The conference will cover a list of hot topics such as domestic and international trends, oxidation of pet food ingredients, research in emerging issues and dilated cardiomyopathy in pets. The recipient of the inaugural Friend of Pet Food Award also will be announced at the conference.

 “This year’s conference has a lot of new features to offer attendees,” said Louise Calderwood, director of regulatory affairs at the AFIA. “We are particularly excited to bring young pet food leaders to the table, learn about new research in pet food production and ingredients, and give the Friend of Pet Food award to a pair of very deserving individuals. AFIA’s Pet Food Conference is also an effective way for attendees to engage with some of the industry’s leading experts and roughly 300 of their peers in this unique segment within the animal food manufacturing industry.”

 New this year, the program also invites graduate and undergraduate students to present research on emerging issues in the pet industry in paper and poster sessions.

 Online registration for IPPE and the AFIA Pet Food Conference is open. Interested individuals are encouraged to register for the Pet Food Conference by Jan. 10 to receive the early-bird rate of $90. After that, the registration is $110.

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is a collaboration of three shows — International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo — representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).