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Petfood Forum Europe & Interzoo 2024: The Petfood Industry To Meet in May in Nuremberg

April 16, 20244 min read

As the cooperation between WATT Global Media and Interzoo-organizer WZF GmbH goes into its third consecutive year, the international pet food industry will get together in Nuremberg, Germany the second week of May. The combination of Petfood Forum Europe on May 6 and Interzoo May 7-10 gives business professionals a unique opportunity to refresh and expand their network, discover the latest pet food trends and experience the most comprehensive product range of the global pet supplies industry.

Nuremberg will be the meeting point of pet food professionals from all over the world when Petfood Forum Europe and Interzoo 2024 bring together companies and innovators from the entire supply chain of pet food technology. On five days from May 6-10, decision-makers and business professionals will have the chance to expand their knowledge by the help of market insights and in-depth discussion at Petfood Forum Europe and Interzoo 2024 as well as benefit from the world’s leading trade fair of the pet supplies industry to maintain and establish business relations to global partners.

“Petfood Forum Europe one day prior to Interzoo provides an additional forum for the important topic of pet food ingredients, packaging and processing technologies”, says Dr Rowena Arzt, director exhibitions at Interzoo organizer WZF. “It is therefore the perfect prelude to an exceptional Interzoo 2024.”

The largest Interzoo has confirmed more than 2,100 exhibitors from 69 countries and more than 40,000 trade fair visitors are expected.

Petfood Forum Europe 2024 registration numbers are strong with professionals from 25 countries already signed up, with several weeks left to register. Companies including Affinity Petcare, Bewital Petfood, Cargill, Edgar & Cooper, Felleskjøpet Agri, Halla Pet Food, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Nippon Pet Food, Nordic Pet Care, Normandise Pet Food, Nulo, Premier Nutrition, Prins Petfoods, RONDO FOOD, Simmons Pet Food, Wellness Pet Company, and many others will be in attendance on May 6, the day before Interzoo 2024.

David Molenberghs, co-founder and chief innovation officer at Smoofl, will provide the opening presentation on the importance of pivoting when developing pet food and treats. He shares the principles and applications of a creative design approach that transcends traditional product development, showcasing how this approach can produce not just high-quality pet products but also a more profound brand resonance.

Other topics will include the latest research on insect proteins, the importance of probiotics, post-biotics and microbial proteins for pets, mineral availability in plant-based dog food, the impact of climate change on the supply chain, new production processes using thermal energy and measures to develop wholesome pet food taking into account the different requirements of different pet species.

“Our continued partnership with Interzoo provides conference participants unparalleled access to detailed technical information about the latest manufacturing technologies available for pet food and treat professionals across the European continent,” says Steve Akins, executive vice president, global pet food and events, with WATT Global Media. “Then following Petfood Forum Europe, conference participants also have the unique ability to engage with all of their pet care supply chain partners and clients at Interzoo, fostering vital connections on a much broader scale.”

About 200 exhibitors from more than 30 countries exhibit at Interzoo 2024 products from the product segment “pet food technology” – almost 10 percent of the overall exhibitor number. Compared to Interzoo 2022 this means the number of “pet food technology” exhibitors have increased by 46 percent and compared to 2018 the number has even doubled. Within the segment, the subcategories of “raw materials/ingredients” and “processing technology” continue to be most dominant with 83 and 34 companies respectively. The countries with most companies registered in the “pet food technology” segment are: Germany, China, France and the Netherlands.

For pet food professionals interested in topics that shape the future of the industry, the Fresh Ideas Stage in Hall 3 is the place to be. A lot of the presentation slots registered so far have been allocated to the "Pet food" topic, thus promising exciting presentations on all four days of the trade fair. In the lounge area of the Fresh Ideas Stage and at the neighboring community stands of the "International Start-up Area" and the "Young Innovators" pavilion, you can make contact with pet food innovators and observe current developments in the industry at first hand. A highlight of the stage program will be the Fresh Ideas Contest on Friday at 11:30 a.m.

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